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Southern Company Reviews

Updated April 19, 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. "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


  3. "Sr. Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Company as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stress-free work environment, Good knowledge base with in the company.

    Cons

    Commute to work and limited job opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work on core values!


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  5. "Overall a great company"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Birmingham, AL
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Company as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible with my school schedule and all the managers are extremely helpful.

    Cons

    Upward growth is limited based on the contacts that you have.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. "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


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Southern i s a great company to work for. they take good care of their employees.

    Cons

    Southern is slow to promote and is based solely on relationships. it is also slow to get rid of bad managers and slow to adopt progressive policies.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snellville, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snellville, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits along with pension
    Great people and a progressive executive team
    Outstanding IT Department with plenty opportunities
    Opportunities to move around within the operating companies
    Outstanding at running the core businesses

    Cons

    Some diversity issues
    Current restructuring affecting job stability
    Can get pigeon hole in certain departments
    Poor at running operations not involved with power generations

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting people in positions over departments that are critical to the operations, and expect to get change for the better.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment with excellent benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Performance management process needs improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Clear expectations need to be made for employees.


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