Southern Progress
3.8 of 5 12 reviews
www.southernprogress.com Birmingham, AL 150 to 499 Employees

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Laura Lang

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Appreciated the growth I had while working there.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Southern Progress

ProsBeautiful building. Great co-workers. Opportunities to be creative.

ConsHours not flexible. Cliques formed in work groups.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Southern Progress has a history as a premier employer in the south.

Inventory Manager (Former Employee)
Birmingham, AL

I worked at Southern Progress full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBeautiful environment, awesome work ethic, meaningful business goals, community outreach and appreciation for its own history.

ConsToo much interference by parent corporation, Time Inc. and old style approach to securing a lasting future. Currently no real investment in long term survival.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrab onto new technology, get ahead of the curve in the digital world, leverage the high performing staff that you have.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The best place to work.

Photo (Former Employee)
Birmingham, AL

I worked at Southern Progress full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWhat can I say this company had it all. Everything was great

ConsHigh probability of lay off.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Completely enjoyed my time with the company.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Southern Progress full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMany benefits, great people, ability to think creatively

ConsUnsure about job security, departments vary in productive expectations

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Southern Progress, a division of Time Inc.

Senior Technical Analyst (Former Employee)
Birmingham, AL

I worked at Southern Progress full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLocal recognition of the company and employees as good community neighbors, involved in projects to assist locals. Decent salaries and paid sick leave.

ConsMiddle management is not good at delegating authority along with responsibilities. Employees are often given the responsibility without the authority to make the project "happen" but instead of seeing this as management error, the blame is placed on the lowly employee.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive people a sense of being "in charge" of what they do. If they are given a project, make sure that the employee has the authority to push it through, and give the employee credit, not just the manager of that department.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Birmingham, AL

I worked at Southern Progress full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIt was a great company to work for back when things were going well. Great friendly people and the benefits were good.

ConsSalaries are a bit lower than what I've seen out there.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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SPC is a great place to work for those who value family life, but may not always be the most personally fulfilling.

Senior Editor (Current Employee)
Birmingham, AL

I have been working at Southern Progress

ProsThe company offers flexible hours, opportunities to work from home, and more than adequate time off (vacation and sick time). The company also values employees' need to balance work and home/family life. Benefits are great, especially for those with families. The campus is beautiful, too--a serene, beautifully landscaped area with pockets and nooks where you can sit and read/edit if you need to get away from your desk.

ConsCommunication from upper management is often sparse. Compensation does not seem adequate based on job performance and experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate directly with those who work with you. In times of change, people need to hear from you on a personal level. Even if you are not free to share the details of the directives you've been given, just let that be known. Don't leave people to guess, speculate, and gossip--it only fuels fear.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Once you get here, it's tough to get out.

Editor (Former Employee)
Birmingham, AL

I worked at Southern Progress

Pros2008 was a bad year for Southern Progress with magazines shuttered, over 200 staff laid off and the evisceration of the entire upper management. All this was implemented by Time Inc. of which SP is a subsidiary. Yet, even as the company continues to undergo these massive internal changes, Southern Progress remains a good place to work. The city is lovely and livable, the climate of the company is warm and friendly, and the pay and benefits are very good.

ConsIt can be a bit of a black hole in the publishing world where jobs tend to stay in the NY family so to speak.

Advice to Senior ManagementWell, there is no senior management anymore but I would tell Time Inc and Ann Moore that it makes no sense to kill the golden goose. Magazines at SP make money and cost less than those produced in NY. Rather than continuing to siphon off resources in Birmingham, perhaps the UK's IPC division could take a hit instead?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Southern Progress is a great place non-breadwinners.

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Birmingham, AL

I have been working at Southern Progress

ProsSPC recognizes the importance of a healthy work/life balance. Benefits are wonderful. Work enviroment is gorgous.

ConsPay is pitiful. Very limited growth potential

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great potential, bad employer

Analyst (Former Employee)
Birmingham, AL

I worked at Southern Progress

ProsIt offers good time off, such as maternity leave and sick time. They are pretty flexible and will work with you on your schedule. It completely depends on your department and supervisor as to whether you like your job. Most bosses are great but some are very difficult and they can undermine HR if they want to.

ConsIt has layoffs several times a year. New York has permanantly damaged the company and I don't know if it will ever be the same. It used to have a great company culture but now it is comletely ruined.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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