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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. "Southern Company commited to it's employees and communities"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Intern in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Southern places a lot of emphasis on continuing education. There are several opportunities to learn about the company and how it produces revenue. Southern is totally committed to its employees and values them and their communities. In fact community involvement is an unspoken requirement for management positions. The pay is also a great reason to work for Southern.

    Cons

    Southern is a highly regulated business and therefore can be a bit beurocratic for my tastes. Meaning the organization is highly structured and there are set ways to do things. Not the place for "freespirits" the company demands teamwork on all projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "good place to work"

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

    Pros

    I think the work enviroment at Southern Company is great. Evrybody is nice and respectful. Managers and supervisors are interested in employes not only on a work level, but also in a personal level. They understand when employes need to take care of personal matters. They are also good recognizing when employees do a good job. The benefits are great, better than most companies I know, they match up to 6% of the 401K and have good health benefits. Managers and supervisors are open to listen employees with any concerns and willing to solve any problems. THe buildings and facilities are also nice.

    Cons

    Some times the promotios are different for some people and it seems like it is easier to move up for some. There is people who is been working harder and for longer time and don't get the same promotions. That seems to be unfair, specially when some people is doing a great job that is very important for the company and don't get a promotion, while someone else who is doing just a good job and has been in the company half of the time gets the promotion. The rules about how promotions are granted are not clear to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure everybody gets promoted on the same basis


  3. "Southern Company is a great company to work for!!!!!!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Govt Account Manager in Tifton, GA
    Current Employee - Govt Account Manager in Tifton, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the company truly cares about their employees and customers. They are one of the few companies that "delivers service after the sale." They expect their employees to be accountable for their actions during work hours as well as in their personal life. They stress to all employees that the employee is a reflection of Southern Co 24/7. They believe in holding their employees to very high standards w/ a true sense of loyalty and integrity. Family is very important to the company and when making decisions management keeps in mind the effect that changes will make on the employee and their family unit as a whole.

    Cons

    many advancements opportunities are located only in large metro areas.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


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  5. "Accounting Intern in Atlanta, GA"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Managers are great about granting time off, schedules very flexible, very family oriented company

    Cons

    Most of company is up in age so if you are young, you may not find many people that you can relate to.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Best Company, Best Benefits,Best Job"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Support Representative in Dothan, AL
    Former Employee - Sales and Support Representative in Dothan, AL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I came to Southern Company (specifically SouthernLINC) after being in the cellular industry for over eight years at the time. Having been in both entry level and in management positions in both retail, sales, and restaurant industries, I was unsure what to expect.

    I walked into an awesome environment with full benefits on day one. I also instantly had 40+ hours of vacation time, and got an extra 160 hours on January 1st. (company policy.) Additionally, there is a great bonus every year based upon company performance.

    Cons

    None to think of - except that SouthernLINC could be a bit more innovative as far as rates, plans, and the like.

    Advice to Management

    Be more innovative when it comes to products and services that you are offering. SouthernLINC should have been way ahead of the game on certain cellular programs, like $50 a month unlimited, etc.


  7. "Very good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Openness and clean management. Very competent

    Cons

    Since Southern is a regulated utility salaries are a little on the low side


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Engineer - Coop in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Plant Engineer - Coop in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gives good real world experience that I might not get as a coop at other companies

    Cons

    They do things the same way even if it's not the best way


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Taking Lead in the Nuclear Industry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Baxley, GA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Baxley, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great Pay, Great Opportunities, Home of Southern Style
    A Steady Growth Company
    Very Engaged with the Community
    Very Supportive of its Employees

    Cons

    Very Demanding Job at Times
    Extremely High Level of Security
    Loaded Schedule

    Advice to Management

    Stay Focused on Excellence and Southern Style


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, Awesome Staff, Incredible Opportunity!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Plant Operator In Training in Waynesboro, GA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Plant Operator In Training in Waynesboro, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, Friendly atmosphere, Competitive benefit and compensation, Leading edge of industry

    Southern Nuclear, under Southern Company has been the best career choice I have ever made. I have been able to work my way up from the bottom with great mentoring and encouragement from my supervisors. If you have the drive, ambition, and aptitude they will help you succeed.

    Cons

    Plant Vogtle is in Waynesboro, GA, it is about an hour drive from the more affluent areas of Augusta.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the Southern Style and continue to bolster its meaning in the new project.


  11. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Pensacola, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safe, local, great company, blah

    Cons

    Blah not sure not real bad place to work



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