Southern Company Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. You're just a number

    Former Employee - Senior Reactor Operator in Dothan, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Reactor Operator in Dothan, AL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You have a job... for now.

    Cons

    Just another corporation focused on the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    You will look around one day and have no one left but the inexperienced running your facilities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    IT organization

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    All you have to do is show up to get a check.

    Cons

    Politics, negative older workforce that is there simply to fatten up their paycheck. Over the past 2 years there has been a serious mismanagement of projects but senior management is more worried about appearance than actually fixing the problem.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for a change in direction. Southern style is a joke and is there only in words.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company, stable, good hours, good bonus

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SO has great benefits, and competitive compensation

    Cons

    very conservative culture, slow moving technology


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  5. Operations Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Specialist in Cartersville, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Specialist in Cartersville, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Advanced technical knowledge with long hours, but a flexible work schedule. This is a plant position with little room for growth.

    Cons

    The pay for this job is 75-90K per year with little room for improvement. The job requires exceptional technical skills but does not compensate for the skills compared to other positions.


  6. Fair Company with little room for growth

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

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, great people, great infrastructure. Solid company with different entities to move laterally. Many lifers waiting to retire or die

    Cons

    Their way or the highway. Not interested in any other opinions than their own. They say that they promote diversity but what they really support is affirmative action

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and don't be so arrogant that you believe your own rhetoric.


  7. Project Controls Engineer

    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Environment and people to work with

    Cons

    Small foot print Globally and not too much opportunity outside the country


  8. Geat company with a good group of people to work with.

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing benifits and friendly work atmosphere. They offer plenty of opportunities for professional education.

    Cons

    Base pay can be lower than industry average (however the benifits and bonus make up for it).


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fabulous Company, terrible politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Office environment is great, very nice people and great place to work. Family oriented and very insistent upon growth within the company.

    Cons

    Management could pay more attention to what the supervisors and managers below them are doing. Lots of politics and tenure means TOO much. A few HORRIBLE people who have been there WAY to long.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat. Get rid of the folks who are just THERE.


  10. Valuable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Support, family atmosphere, growth is constant.

    Cons

    Wages compared to other companies.


  11. The Epitome of a Cushy Corporate Job

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

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The perks as an employee are great. You get paid well, and don't have to work that hard.

    Cons

    The organization is slow to move, rewards tenure over performance, and is highly inefficient. Even though there are many opportunities for the company to better implement technology to eliminate middle and back office jobs, the company does not undertake those projects for fear of having to lay off employees of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the fat in the business. In your business, it is more important to look busy than to actually be doing work.



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