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Southern Company Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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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. "Read other reviews"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Waynesboro, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Waynesboro, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Pension counts since your first hire date even if it was for an internship

    Cons

    Work/Life balance pretty bad for engineers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Old-school culture, relatively stable, not very exciting, slow to act"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Office in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Corporate Office in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good bonus - you are paid regardless of your individual performance - it's more like a profit-sharing plan. Good benefits (although the healthcare premiums are very expensive). Nice working environment. A good place to work if you truly value work-life balance. Nice co-workers.

    Cons

    This company is a solid company but definitely not for everyone. Very old-school. The culture is a bureaucratic good-ol boy network - even though they talk about changing it, it doesn't change. They say they want new and innovative thinking but they really only want it in certain areas and limited ways. They don't really respect external experience or know how to leverage it. Everything is very internally focused on the Southern experience and Southern Style. If you are a progressive thinker or someone who likes to ask questions and push the envelope you will feel stifled here. Many decisions require buy-in and support from key stakeholders across 8 operating companies and take a long time. The sad thing is many of the decision-makers got to their position based on relationships - this has the highest value above all else at Southern. Progress and change often stall out because of this. Careers stall out here, too. It's a relatively flat company for it's size and turnover is VERY low so career growth opportunities are few and far between. Those who get to move ahead are typically those who are savvy at navigating politically and willing to come in and eat humble pie regularly.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on evolving the culture of the company and introducing intentional development opportunities (experiences, changes in roles) at the early - mid career levels. Become a real pay-for-performance culture and hold your leaders accountable for really knowing how to lead others, develop and grow them vs. being just focused on their business results.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Management consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, culture, interesting projects, very good management

    Cons

    Slow moving industry, many transformations, acquisitions


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  5. "Beware all who enter."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Operator in Dothan, AL
    Current Employee - Systems Operator in Dothan, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High paying good benefits

    Cons

    Terrible management, poor work life balance, not much room for promotions unless you are in the good ole boys club. Unsafe.

    Advice to Management

    Worry more about developing your most valuable assets aka your people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "IT Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Good pay, bad work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Waynesboro, GA
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Waynesboro, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits
    Great resume booster

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth
    Upper management hired from other sites
    High turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    More involvement with the staff and training to allow current engineers to move up in the company instead of transferring out of the department


  9. "Senior Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Typical laid back utility job. Some departments offer a 4 day per week schedule. Others offer every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Typical laid back utility job. Management does not seems to value their technical folks. This causes many employees to try to go the management track solely for compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on technical knowledge for your engineering staff. This will help you keep the talented folks you have. This will also keep everyone from trying to get on the management track day 1.


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits with their pension plan and insurance.

    Cons

    Need to allow people to move positions within the company instead of laying off so many full time employees with many, many years at the company. They have a huge layoff & are hiring for many positions which is very wrong & a cold way to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Think things through a lot more. A lot of major lessons learned or should be from the recent layoff.


  11. "Stable, at least historically."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has historically been a good place to work if you wanted a stable job and a pension.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. Nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to bringing in people from outside at higher levels of the company. They can add valuable experience and a different perspective.


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