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Updated March 16, 2017
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Brian M. McNeill
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Pros
  • Tuition assistance, great training, good benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • Quality awareness, good people to work with, teamwork among employees, good training (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • no career opportunities, take too long to respond (in 2 reviews)

  • Management has stagnated and top management has moved away from the core business that made the company what it is (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "The Good, Bad and the Ugly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Elmwood Park, IL
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Elmwood Park, IL

    I worked at Southco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and work environment. The culture has a long history of treating employees well. The success the company has achieved over the years has generated wealth and accomplishment among employees. They rely on "A" players to perform in the best interest of the company in spite of self imposed obstacles.

    Cons

    Unfortunately success has bred complacency and market arrogance. Management has stagnated and top management has moved away from the core business that made the company what it is. They have succumbed to "acquisition fever" and left the employees frustrated with a lack of accountability. This has resulted in lowering the bar for achievement. Managing up has become more important than serving the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that stagnation is a result of shuffling the same bozos around the management table.


  2. "Yes man culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concordville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concordville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get a paycheck every two weeks. Nobody really bothers me as long as I'm getting my work done. I can listen to my radio as I work.

    Cons

    Every time One makes a mistake, One can expect to hear about it from three to five different people. You can do an excellent job day after day after day, and never hear a word of thanks or appreciation. If You're a yes man, You will thrive here without making any real contribution whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Stop eating up all the butt kissing, and show a little respect towards the people that make a real contribution to production goals. Get rid of the consulting firm that You pay to keep Your pay scale average. Pay those that get You paid.


  3. "A Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee focused employer with a bright future.

    Cons

    Benefits have dwindled over the last 15 yrs.


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  5. "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good team
    - Friendly environment
    - alot of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    - Team is stretched very lean


  6. "Engineering Company's Internship Opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Automotive Engineering Co-op in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Automotive Engineering Co-op in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hands On
    Family like environment
    Good first Intership for undergraduate students.
    Various opportunities.

    Cons

    Long travel depending on where you are


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Southco"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chadds Ford, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chadds Ford, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southco (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Southco attracts great people in every position. I always felt there was good opportunity to succeed and advance.

    Cons

    Decisions take too long. Too much red tape... too few decision makers. Trust the great people that are part of the organization.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not Female Friendly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concordville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concordville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southco full-time

    Pros

    Great peers and enthusiastic employees.

    Cons

    Very unfriendly towards women. From sexist and harassing comments about clothing and appearance to an extreme intolerance for "strong" females, this is not a place to go if you want to be treated as an equal. The pay is lesser for women who do the same job with same experience.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention. Open your eyes. See what's happening. Prepare for the lawsuit.


  9. "Solid Company with solid management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concordville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concordville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As far as big companies go, Southco does a reasonable job of getting individual employees involved and creating career paths for personal development. They focus on putting the customer's needs first.

    Cons

    There were a handful of very poor managers at the mid-level. Most of the executive team seemed like A-players, but those handful of bad mid-level managers were allowed to pollute the environment unchecked for far too long.

    Advice to Management

    To executive managers... keep closer tabs on your directs. Make sure they are identifying the right talent and that they are utilizing their resources appropriately


  10. "Manufacturing Engineer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to gain experience in different departments and different areas of engineering

    Cons

    Small number of interns to talk with or hangout with outside of work


  11. Helpful (4)

    "High School for "adults""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Concordville, PA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Concordville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent hourly wage.
    Promotions are readily available if you know how to suck up to the right person.
    Assembly is the only decent part of the building to work in. (lots of AC)

    Cons

    disorganized, non-caring management.
    Temperature conditions are extremely hot & horrendous.
    Very poor safety concerns on the production floor. (Lots of dangerous hazards)
    Promotes employees based off of favoritism & not skill level.

    Advice to Management

    Just fire yourself and find a new job.



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