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Southern Company Reviews

Updated February 16, 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. "Lost it's shine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Medical, dental, 401k, good benefits.

    Cons

    Mixed messages from management regarding future.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sponsorship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Southern Company can be a great place to work yet in order to move forward you will need to have sponsorship and network.

    Cons

    It is definitely a company that you are required to be connected with the "Network"


  3. "Southern Company"

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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard working employees
    Fair compensation
    Fair work/life balance

    Cons

    Manipulative upper management
    Nepotism
    No career path
    Culture change

    Advice to Management

    Southern Style should apply to management same as employees. Southern was a great employer when I started a decade ago but the culture has changed completely.


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  5. "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


  6. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and understanding supervisors

    Cons

    Some employees slack off and management does not notice


  7. "Human Resources Business Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and good work environment

    Cons

    Poor follow-through on promoting from within especially in the Human Resources and related areas. Although this is advertised and stated as a top priority and part of the company's vision statement it is not part of the Human Resources culture.


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    "Company is great, department management not so much."

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

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

    Pros

    You become part of a family and it's exciting to be part of a Company that's innovating in an industry that has pretty much been stagnant for 50 years.

    Cons

    Some policies make no sense and serve no purpose, like having to tell management before you travel. That's just way too invasive (and none of the Company's business).

    Advice to Management

    More upward assessments and 360s, please. There are some serious bad apples among management in IT. It's been WAY too long since we had an upward assessment of our manager, and my department has had the same manager for over 10 years. Suffice it to say we're miserable. But, our SLT is either clueless to our misery or willfully blind.


  9. "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in. Recognize all affinity groups.

    Cons

    Promotions are slow and strictly built on relationships.


  10. "Slow to Change"

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

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

    Pros

    The people really want to do what is right and work hard to accomplish their tasks.

    Cons

    Management is not eager to keep up with technology changes and push aside those that bring it to their attention. Assignment of responsibilities without the backing of management to get it done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those that accept and recommend change more. Just because "the lights are on" and "that's the way we have always done it" mean status quo will continue to be successful.


  11. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Leadership opportunities and recognition available for those willing to put in the effort.

    Cons

    Politics and long efforts often the reality.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication and trust the opinions of your people.



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