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Southern Company Reviews

Updated September 10, 2018
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  • "No work life balance is creating employee burnout" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Southern tends to have a Good Ole boy mentality" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Csr"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company Good Benefits

    Cons

    NO CONS WORKING FOR SOUTHERN COMPANY

    Advice to Management

    Great Management, working together as a team.


  2. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Secure and stable job.

    Cons

    Massive Company-sometimes can cause inefficiencies.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits.

    Cons

    Company values education over experience.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Exempt professional"

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    Former Employee - Exempt Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Exempt Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and 401k matching; great co-workers

    Cons

    Company has been downsizing over the last 2 years in Georgia Power's operating company and a few other subsidiaries have been sold off - mostly to achieve bottom line results and following a third party consulting firm's advice. Acquiring ATL Gas and Light was a smart decision as they are a "lean, mean, money- making machine" for the organization. However, many long term employees across the company have been laid off with no "up-training" to enhance their skills and stay on board to be productive employees. Also, minimal to no transfer of knowledge to those left to pick up their work. While operations is closing payment offices across the state, corporate departments are "re-organizing" their entire group as a way to release some long term employees and replace them with outside hires or pass the work to those who are left (reducing headcount). It's just not the same company (loyalty) that existed over 10 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    If you need to reduce headcount in the larger operating companies, please offer the "Volunteer Attrition Program" (VAP) that you did in 2009/2010 at Georgia Power. With 10+ years of service and over 50 years old being required to participate, so many employees would gladly volunteer to leave with the standard severance package. Like the prior offering, management does not need to accept all volunteers, but it would be a "win-win" for all parties and management could control the timing for the employees' exit and transfer of knowledge to others! It would improve "morale" and bottom line as compared to the "reorganizing" efforts from the past few years.


  5. "Marketing Intern"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly co-workers, treat like full-time employee, competitive pay

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Energy Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Energy Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Energy Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multiple positions in various states

    Cons

    Poor management decisions regarding plant Kemper, Plant Vogel and the integration of AGL Resources has put a financial strain on the company. Southernco's divestiture of units to cover short term losses shows a patterned behavior of leadership being unable to make the right business decisions and their lack of accountability. The primary goal of Tom Fanning's tenure is to keep dividends high regardless of company performance at the expense of long term value. These dividends allow him to explore often unprofitable and unwise business decisions without pushback from the board.

    Advice to Management

    Writing off >$1B multiple for multiple quarters in a year is a sign that executives need to be refreshed. The sale of Florida, Illinois and New Jersey assets to focus on nuclear power generation is indicative of Fanning trying to create a legacy for himself and not value for the stakeholders, shareholders or employees.


  7. "Distribution Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to plan your day as needed.

    Cons

    Worse engineering job in the company. Work many after hour storms with no extra base compensation compared to other jobs in company.

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Interesting and challenging work. Southern Nuclear senior management is proactive and trying to improve our performance. Our management really cares about us as employees and the impact of decisions on us and our families.

    Cons

    Typical of large company. I feel Southern could be more progressive and flexible with benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Southern Nuclear- I appreciate your leadership and work in making us an industry leader. Also great job of eliminating or reducing unnecessary processes.


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Compensation & Benefits Programs are great

    Cons

    A little antiquated with technology


  10. "Overall a good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and most managers are good.

    Cons

    Managers need to have more time to truly develop their people and help them achieve their goals.

    Advice to Management

    Managers are so overwhelmed they struggle to do the basics of their job.


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