Southern States Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Slow to Change

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    Former Employee - Virginia in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Virginia in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Southern States full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Improved employee benefits over the last few years, decent compensation, opportunities for advancement within organization, high rate of employee retention

    Cons

    An older company with very slow acceptance of new technology, difficult to incite change or implement new ideas due to multiple levels of approval and reluctance to change "how things have always been done." Layoffs happen every couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    A higher standard of consistency and decisiveness would be appreciated by staff.


  2. District Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Family oriented business with a passion for agriculture.

    Cons

    To many egos on top

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the field


  3. Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project and Process Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Project and Process Manager in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern States (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Certain managers were on board to making changes to make a difference with how the company was run.

    Cons

    Senior management had a difficult time of letting go of the good ole' boy system.


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  5. Agricultural company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent salary starting out Good peers to work with most places

    Cons

    Training is terrible It's just a good ol boy system very political to advance


  6. Cooperate Office needs new leadership

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    In general, most of the people I worked with were very pleasant and friendly. With a few exceptions, everyone cared about the quality of the work they were doing. Those who were known for slacking were laid off in 2012. Work life balance is great (8-4:30 with an hour lunch). Cooperate office has a cafeteria on site.

    Cons

    Middle level management has been there forever. There were no fresh and new ideas coming in. Felt like patching holes. Outdated processes and procedures. Same raise every year for each employee done by percentage.

    Advice to Management

    Best way to motivate people is money. A 2% raise is not going to keep talented people around. Make room for the younger generation to shine and take leadership. Look into updating your technology.


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    Hard work for very little money

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laborer in Petersburg, VA
    Current Employee - Laborer in Petersburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern States part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly customers that tip from time to time Some friendly staff Independent work

    Cons

    over worked and underpaid bad management not enough help as far as scheduling goes hard work is not appreciated and goes unnoticed

    Advice to Management

    Show better appreciation for dedicated and hard working employees


  8. Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, the benefits are great, vaction time as soon as you hire on as well as insurane

    Cons

    its a feed mill dirty, dusty, and hard work, the pay is very minimum

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay because we are one of the hghest and most productive feed mills on the east coast yet we get paid the least


  9. Good Company that has changed drastically

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Southern States full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall good people that work there.

    Cons

    New Management has made company not pleasant

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone doesn't have a degree doesn't mean we don't have a voice or don't know what we are doing.


  10. Southern States Marketing Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for they are very flexible and understanding. Great team members to work with.

    Cons

    Older company so the atmosphere is a bit dry and boring.


  11. Awesome place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and hours.

    Cons

    They'll lay off after your 90 day probation if there aren't any positions available for hire.



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