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Southern Company Reviews

Updated June 19, 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. "Great Company, Environment, and Growth Opportunities!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's really a wonderful place to come to as a mid-career hire. They give you several different opportunities to grow and work on developing you holistically, which is always nice to see with an employer!

    Cons

    It's a work hard, play hard environment! When you are working on something, they expect you to deliver and then some, which is good for development.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback and communication is key (they already do this but continue to do so). Also, investing in upcoming graduates--they are the future.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    401k match, time off, work-life balance

    Cons

    Health care coverage, communication with managers

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safety oriented
    Fantastic benefits including a pension
    Good coworkers for the most part

    Cons

    Supervision could use some work in certain groups
    Office politics
    Pays to know people

    Advice to Management

    Audit supervision. There seems to be a lack of accountability in parts of the company and supervision is disengaged.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great learning opportunities, not enough training"

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

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    The nature of the industry and the complexity of the company's structure represented a great opportunity to learn technical and business skills.

    Cons

    The company's inability to train its entry-level employees leads to many questions to be unanswered and the lack of learning resources affects the long-term performace of the employee.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension plan, good salary, vacation, extended sick leave.

    Cons

    Poor management, excessive work load, poor work/life balance, poor treatment of those wanting a dedicated technical career path.

    Advice to Management

    Only make big bets that you can win.


  6. "IT Analyst"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most employees embodied "Southern Style" - Southern Company's guiding principals. Many managers were willing to help you move up if you took the initiative.

    Cons

    Pressure from high performance expectations could get stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value employees and give them paths to advancement.


  7. "Applications Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Good people in general, comfortable environment

    Cons

    Old culture, not a lot of room to grow

  8. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company provides great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Company does not off many growth opportunities.


  9. "Shift supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Bonus, pay, pension, retirement all are great

    Cons

    Organizational innefectiveness for scheduling and managing people

    Advice to Management

    Once people are treated better then it will be the best place to work


  10. "Good overall with some comments"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, and good salary for where I live. Work can be technically challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Nuclear side is very intense, with a continuing trend of doing more with less. Supervisors and managers are usually pulled outside of core duties to be effective in their role.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to save on O&M costs, use the opportunities you have to get rid of ineffective or unproductive employees. Also, if supervisors and managers spend more time in meetings than with their direct reports, then they can't really manage their people


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