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Southern Company Reviews

Updated December 16, 2017
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Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning
Thomas A. Fanning
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  • Southern tends to have a Good Ole boy mentality (in 13 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is not always the best (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Good environment to grow and learn while protecting critical infrastructure"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Security Engineer & Content Management in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Security Engineer & Content Management in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Investment in their people; training, tool-sets, experience.

    Cons

    Actually a good thing, but unlike financial you do not have as many targets on your network.

    Advice to Management

    work with employees to create custom solutions rather than vendor solutions


  2. "A Great Place To Get Into The Power Industry"

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    Current Employee - Engineer I in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great people, Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    People who bounce from job to job are rewarded while those attempting to master a technical area get left behind.

  3. "Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Safety First
    Communication
    Stability
    Strategic Initiatives
    Cost preventative
    Energy Efficient

    Cons

    Work Life Balance
    Flexibility
    Middle Management Engagement
    Individual Development
    Aging Workforce

    Advice to Management

    Find the right balance in communication between not enough and too much.


  4. "Great solid company, hard workers stand out"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Solutions Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Applications Solutions Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Total Pay, benefits, stability, making a difference, helping the community, excellent pension, ability to take initiative if no direction exists

    Cons

    Too many meetings, difficulty leading technology from the seat of a service organization, operating companies wanting to do there own thing.

    Advice to Management

    Show more top down support for initiatives, so implementation is easier.


  5. "Upper Management sucks!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, retirement

    Cons

    Good old boy mentality. No accountability with management

    Advice to Management

    Check up on your managers.


  6. "Great company, good benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Nice people
    Management seems to care about employees
    Strong focus on safety

    Cons

    Work/life balance is not always the best
    The work can get pretty boring


  7. "Good Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of at this time.

  8. "Solid utility with good benefits and co-workers"

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    - currently good pension and retirement insurance (subject to change in 2018)
    - “southern style” and culture creates a good environment with good people to work with
    - solid and stable company with dependable employment and benefits
    - typically good work/life balance

    Cons

    Not progressive in work environment and culture


  9. "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, family environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Job security has changed over the yeara


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Don't believe the hype"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benes. You'll get that regardless of how hard you work. If you know why projects go bad, you may get paid to keep mouth shut.

    Cons

    Management is good ole boy network. No accountability and a lack of leadership strength.

    Advice to Management

    Fanning should really look at his managemt, and talk to those that work under that management. Bring back upward assesments and see what is said.


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