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Southern Company Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Work-life balance leans more heavily towards work (in 6 reviews)

  • Sometimes upper management can seem like they don't know or have forgotten how things actually get done in the real world (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for and people oriented!!!

    Cons

    Add more training for employees


  2. "So far so good!"

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Operations Instructor in Waynesboro, GA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Operations Instructor in Waynesboro, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits are competitive. Vacation time is based on years experience vs time with company.
    Culture is enjoyable and work life balance is much more reasonable than previous employer. Schedule is nice, I like working 9 hr days and having paydays off (every other Friday).

    Cons

    The Commute is without a doubt the biggest con for Vogtle. If you live in Waynesboro you are 15-20 minutes if you live in the Augusta/Evans/Grovetown area... expect an hour commute.

    Potential for Vogtle 3 & 4 not to be completed is also a possibility. Executives seem very passionate to complete the project.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work towards improved culture and work life balance. An optional 4x10hr schedule would be highly appreciated. The reduction in days driving would make the location con have less weighting.


  3. "Information Governance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well run company, good pay and benefits,

    Cons

    Shifting to too much corporate approach; laying off long-term employees in large measures


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Admin. Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Company, great benefits, great overall culture, flexible hours

    Cons

    None that I can say for now. People seem to be here through retirement.


  6. "Has been great place to work. Not too sure of future."

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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, emphasis on safety

    Cons

    Belt tightening at the moment. Unsure of future.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company--culture is changing"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long term career opportunities--can move between different parts of the business to expand knowledge

    Relatively stable growth

    Good benefits, great co-workers

    Cons

    Hierarchy is static
    Hard to assimilate if you didn't "grow up" at Southern
    Energy world is changing and employment opportunities are shrinking. More reorganization and job reductions are coming.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenging work. Great work teams. Great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Good old boy system. Not always rewarded on talent or capability. Lots of politics to navigate. Find a sponsor.

    Advice to Management

    Build an anonymous talent pool - you'd be surprised at who you have in your midst and the talent you are missing.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Management? What Management"

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    Current Employee - Call Center Representative in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Call Center Representative in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company
    Located in multiple states
    Job safety

    Cons

    Call center management is low skill
    Call center management doesn't interact with staff much
    Call center management and support groups are not productive

    Advice to Management

    Get the director out of the office and into the call center floor
    Stop hiring mangers and supervisors based on favors and on education, experience and merit
    Give the call center an opportunity to participate in company events instead of treating them like temporary employees or interns with no value


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great working atmosphere but not very engaging work"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Dothan, AL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Dothan, AL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great for an entry level co-op. They don't really care what time you get there/leave or how long your lunch is, as long as you get your work done.

    Cons

    Sometimes people don't really care about the co-ops because there is a constant revolving door of new co-ops and interns. Every engineer working there told me not to work there full time. Also, most of the co-op work was a lot of spreadsheets and paperwork, not very much engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure co-ops get mentors and engaging work rather than just pushing paper


  11. "Family oriented; Great co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, subsidized child care, and a fully funded pension. Also, there is a pleasant blend of employees at different tenure levels.

    Cons

    Tenure based promotion is more common than merit based promotion. I have found, despite higher management's desire to advance my career, Human Resources is holding firm to an arbitrary one year between promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to go big in the fuel mix of the future; natural gas and nuclear with a solid foray into solar


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