Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
134 Reviews
3.7
134 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good benefits and long term retirement (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits, average salary made up some with bonus potential (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • I think it is hard to move up in the company without being here for a while (in 3 reviews)

  • Slow moving bureaucratic organization (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Conflicted between the strong positive employee values and the lack of objectivity in employee promotions.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst, Staff in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst, Staff in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company values and pays its employees towards the upper end of each scale. The company also participates in an industry that is extremely relevant.

    Cons

    Southern Company has a poor history of promoting worthy minorities. In addition, Southern Company has a long history of promoting friends and family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally, current management is on the right track, but hard decisions need to be made about the leaders of tomorrow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer Co-Op in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Engineer Co-Op in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They care about their employee and great safety program

    Cons

    Can be hectic sometimes when you have to meet project deadline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the employee based on their experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Old-fashoined stable company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and nice staff. The environment is very friendly to new hires. Starting pay was decent.

    Cons

    Very aged company. Felt awkward as a younger adult coming in to the work force working with exclusively 50+ employees. There are politics within the office which is discouraging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company bad processes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Security Analydt in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - IT Security Analydt in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Southern Company has an open developmental move program that allow to to try working in different departments within the company

    Cons

    Southern tends to have a Good Ole boy mentality. This subsequently puts people who are not good managers in management positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house with the employee level management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A job for life...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planning Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Planning Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and job security.

    Cons

    Not a cutting edge company and steeped in tradition. Can be frustrating when you know change will help but no one will accept it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the siloed operating companies. One company, one brand that all employees belong to. Too much APC vs GPC garbage that stops change for the better from happening.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Career Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large enough to move around and learn various business areas.

    Cons

    Very conservative company. Decisions are slow. Raises and promotions are slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people & company but senior management lacks leadership qualities necessary to make for an enjoyable job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Columbia, AL
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Columbia, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good job security, great people to work with

    Cons

    pitiful management i.e. only knowledgable on pushing employees past the limit, very overwhelming expectations, very unnecessary style of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not much hope so not really worth mentioning but to suggest a minima, create an enjoyable atmosphere for employees to work in by treating them like people. Be firm but mix in previous leadership style so company can get back to begin the best in the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT customer service

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good company if you not contractor.

    Cons

    contractors get no love from the company. Move up fast as you can.

  10.  

    Awesome Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Insurance, Training, Opportunity for Advancement, Bonuses

    Cons

    No Cons its what you make it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Feeling South about Southern Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Security in your job, friendly work environment, sustainable stock prices, great retirement benefits

    Cons

    No training money, On call experience is not good at all, backstabbing co-worker and management personnel, no career guidance, no support for education from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand why people are not successful as employees at Southern Company and why do the company loose good loyal employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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