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Southern Company Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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  • Poor work/life balance (too little work) (in 9 reviews)

  • Corporate doesn't share plans with subsidiaries, performance reviews very much a good old boy network (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Human Resources Business Consultant"

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sponsorship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Great Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Southern i s a great company to work for. they take good care of their employees.

    Cons

    Southern is slow to promote and is based solely on relationships. it is also slow to get rid of bad managers and slow to adopt progressive policies.


  7. "Slow to Change"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Southern Company Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Vidalia, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Vidalia, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive with other utilities

    Advice to Management

    Improve salry


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company but currently Restructuring"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and people to work with. Great projects to work on.

    Cons

    Under staff due to budget constraints. Contractors usually never get hired on permanent. Approximately 40% of employees are contractors. Employees who has been at the 40 plus years do not care to go the extra step to get the work done. Either they past the buck or leave the work not completed.
    The company is currently going through layoffs and company restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your employees job duties and what it takes to get the job done. Provide the needed valuable for each job function.


  10. "Wonderful place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are wonderful, working environment is great, supervisors want to see you succeed and move up in your career.

    Cons

    There are no Cons that I can think of.


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