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Southern Company Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
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  • Southern tends to have a Good Ole boy mentality (in 13 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is not always the best (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great Utility"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding work environment with numerous training opportunities. The people in the company are top flight.

    Cons

    Can be slow to react


  2. "Good job, but bad upper management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, lots of socialization. I really loved my department, and I had a lot of autonomy.

    Cons

    Homogenous workforce, nepotism, inefficient. There doesn't seem to be a lot of room for outsiders or new ideas. Upper management has some issues with following core values.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people from different backgrounds, hire more young people that aren't necessarily engineers, don't fire groups of people en masse

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A Good Company with some problems"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Traditionally, the company has had a caring culture, focused on trying to do the right thing from a management standpoint and helping empLouie's attain work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company has recenter taken so.e big bets that have not paid off. The Vogtle 3&4 units are well over budget and the contractor, Westinghouse recently declared bankruptcy. In addition, management within the IT department especially has become uncaring and focusing almost entirely on work production. It is almost as if management wants notches in their belt for eachildren time they 'go after' an employee. It has become a right of passage for new managers

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Tom Fannning, the CEO and go back to some of the previous company culture approach.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Electrical Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part about this company are their working environments. Pleasant, relaxing, and enjoyable atmosphere. It's not an accident, they build their environment from upper managements down over the years. Second best, 401k match 5.1% for 6% contribute plus a great pension plan. Third, annual bonus averaging around 15%. The higher your paygrade the higher the bonus. Decent annual pay increase every year, but base on performance.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunity are limited. Not everyone can or will be a manager, same as in technical. Salary pay is average, that's the company policy. Not to underpay or overpay in any paygrade, fair is the term. These might not be a bad thing.

    Advice to Management

    Management rotation and structure changes to often for no obvious reason.


  5. "Terrible leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay annual

    Cons

    Corrupt leadership, abuse, misappropriation of funds


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, but times are changing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good to excellent benefits
    Excellent return on resume

    Cons

    Utility industry is changing, affecting how bigger utilities manage people and work in general.
    Big company that does not adapt well to change
    Old and slow culture that is difficult to advance through unless there are some connections or nepotism


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great culture for the most part

    Cons

    Weak vacation time, highly political

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  8. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outage Scheduler in Waynesboro, GA
    Current Employee - Outage Scheduler in Waynesboro, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company that really takes care of their employees. Competitive salaries and great benefits package. Company is very much into developing their people

    Cons

    Overall company is great. One of the top companies in diversity and truly believe in being a leader in the community


  9. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Great company with competitive salaries and good benefits.

    Cons

    The company is slow to innovate and has a history of unfair promotion practices.

    Advice to Management

    Management should do what is right and not what is necessarily, popular.


  10. "Good place to start in the IT field."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Work Life and benefits are great.

    Cons

    The pay is not the best.


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