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Southern Company Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning
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  • Corporate doesn't share plans with subsidiaries, performance reviews very much a good old boy network (in 8 reviews)

  • Southern tends to have a Good Ole boy mentality (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "They are a very predjustice company. Racism is intolerable at any level."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Marta pass and decent health insurance.

    Cons

    Must be of the ausasian persuation to get ahead in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and upper management.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not a pleasant experience..."

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    Former Employee - Salaried in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Salaried in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Normal 8 hour position if you work in the office
    -Benefits are on par with industry
    -Bonuses are decent (when they are able to give them)

    Cons

    -"good ole boy" system
    -very exclusive club for advancement; you had to be hand picked and have a "sponsor" that was on the executive level in management in order to be considered for advancement
    -high quality of actual work performed not necessarily requirement for advancement

    Advice to Management

    -Provide more management training courses to those who are "selected" for advancement
    -listen to your employee's concerns more... no matter their level

  3. Helpful (2)

    "stay away"

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    Current Employee - Engineer I in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    alternate work schedules
    paid tuition
    nothing else

    Cons

    pay and promotions
    work locations
    borring work

    Advice to Management

    expect a huge number of people to leave when economy turns around


  4. Helpful (3)

    "can't wait to leave"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    low stress and good worklife balance. generous vacation time.

    Cons

    driving distance, low pay, hard to advance, pay freezes, no challenges,


  5. Helpful (1)

    "One star for a pension plan"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are above average.
    Worker level personnel respect each other.
    The pension plan is one plus that is quickly disappearing from most companies.

    Cons

    Work is not divided equally, those that produce get overloaded.
    There is no retention plan to keep knowledgeable personnel and those folks are counting the days. Management just took away a 4-10 schedule from the employees because management is not accountable and blames the workers for their shortfall.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and recognize those workers that are carrying the load before it's too late!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Unethical company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job stability, telecommuting
    Company volunteers in the community

    Cons

    HR Management has vendetta toward specific employees. Organization participates in retaliation, age and racial discrimination.

    Advice to Management

    Need new senior management who cares about the employees and not just the bottom line.
    There are tremendous opportunities for improvement.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Terribly Led Company and Unhappy Workforce"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very hard working work force at the non management level. The end product is great and a tribute to the work force. The company truly cares about being a good neighbor. Very good benefits and long term retirement.

    Cons

    This is the most politically driven company I have ever experienced with no accountability in its culture. Promotions are inequitable and typically given based on gender, race or if you are related to somone at a high level. Most managment are not qualified for their positions. They do not understand the power business and certainaly lack the leadership qualities to lead, coach and motivate others. They typically acheieved those positions based on their connections and do not seem to convery the same message and leadership seen at the highest exectuvie level. Accountability is only passed down and not seen at the management levels. The work force genrally does not trust management. These issues are reasons why this company is desperately suffering from failures at many of their current projects. Upper management is not forthright with its people or its Puble Service Commisions on project status and critical issues.

    In summary, this company does not walk its talk. It professes to live by a motto of Superior Performance, Total Committment and Unquestionable Trust. The reality is most of the population there hate it and if you are not the right race or gender, and if you do not do alot of butt kissing....you will not succeed.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the board is to bring in an outside CEO that will totally change this culture to one that walks the talk and creates a culture that is accountable and promotions are based on achievments and demonstration of strong leadership qualities. They will need to serioulsy look at its middle management and purge it. Many of its problems in projects and operations is directly a reflection of this poor leadership.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Project Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Southern Culture of people always smiling. And that's it !

    Smart patches of people.

    Cons

    Smiles when you around , gossip as soon as you are off.
    Back room policies and conversation
    Pettiness with feedback
    Management support is politically driven
    People are managed by negative perspectives and threats.

    Frowned upon to bring innovative ideas to the table. It's all about status quo. It's a good ol' boy culture. Hyper sensitive egos throughout the company. Especially managerial people! They think world owes it to them.

    If you are young and ambitious, you better look somewhere else. If you are in mid career flight and want only a paycheck, welcome and be ready to have thick skin to tolerate ego spins.

    It seems like company is chasing its own tail. Creating problems to resolving them...

    Advice to Management

    Recruit passionate people
    Retain 'good' people, optimistic people.
    Support positiveness
    And above all, smash your egoistical management style.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management & toxic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baxley, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baxley, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers always willing to do whatever it takes to complete a job

    Cons

    Power lies in the hands of a select few. Overworked and understaffed leads to extremely high turnover rates, especially in engineering. Compensation varies wildly within a department & even between departments. Environment of constantly being watched & "coached" to an inconsistent/non-existent standard. Culture that resists the slightest change & stifles any creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the follow the herd (other managers) mentality, stand up for yourself & your employees. Embrace change & stop coaching your replacement to be a carbon copy.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Minority? Female? Want to be challenged? Don't work here!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Honestly that's it. If you want an easy job where you can coast your way to retirement, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    I was berated by a coworker to the point of tears on a near daily basis, in front of other people. I talked to 3 managers about the situation, and the net result was me being told that he was an asset to the company, and that I was the one who needed to change. Later came to find out he had a history of PHYSICALLY assaulting female coworkers, yet still had a job there several years later, because he was an "asset" (who I caught multiple times sleeping at his desk when he wouldn't answer my phone calls).

    Minority friends of mine, who were contractors at the company, were called a racial slur by their supervisor in response to accidentally dropping a box on his foot.

    In summary, blatant HR issues were merely swept under the rug and the victims were more or less told to get over it.

    I was also not given any challenging work and was forced into a role I was not hired for. I got the impression that Southern Company was a company people joined for the sole purpose of getting good retirement benefits rather than being challenged to learn, grow, and develop their careers. My interview consisted of going to lunch with the hiring manager and a coworker. I was asked maybe 3 experience-related questions and that was about it. Impossible to move up because no one gets fired and rarely ever quits, so you have to wait for someone to retire to move into a new position.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your "good ol' boy" high horse and start treating minority and female employees as actual people.


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