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Southern States Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "Mid sized agronomy company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy going company culture and low stress environment. Currently providing me with financial assistance and flexibility to pursue a master's degree.

    Cons

    Recently went though restructuring and downsizing. This is a cooperative owned company, so pay is lower than at for profit businesses of similar size.

    Advice to Management

    Better explain shifts in business focus and progress the business is making towards that ends.


  2. "Poor company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Fairfax Station, VA
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Fairfax Station, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern States (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a good company to work for.

    Cons

    On their last leg as a company.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the petroleum business.

  3. "A Once Great Company Going Down the Tubes"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The associates really do care about the customers and their needs.
    Very high quality animal and horse feeds, custom fertilizers
    Commercial chemicals are also top notch.
    Very good benefits & pay. Full time employee starts out with 20+ vacation days.

    Cons

    The company prided itself on promoting from within. The top brass all came up through the retail stores and knew what those employees dealt with. Not any more. Nearly all cooperate hires are now from the outside.

    Massive layoffs of higher paid, experienced employees.

    Each store could once mold their inventory to fit the needs of their local customers. Now it's cookie cutter one size fits all.

    Very poor or no exit strategies for slow moving merchandise.

    Horrible pos and inventory system rife with bugs years after being implemented.

    What was once a family atmosphere is now corporate in the extreme. Your just a resource not a person.

    Terrible work to lie balance. Required 6 day weeks for months at a time. Was told by someone in upper management that they "owned us".

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your front line employees. Go back to advancing from within. Free up your stores to order and merchandise based on the needs of their customers.


  4. "Tag Office Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Seasonal Worker in Statesboro, GA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Worker in Statesboro, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southern States (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great General Manager & Office Secretary

    Cons

    Cotton Ginning is seasonal work only

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  5. "Business Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, supportive, and interesting industry. Seems to have different opportunities to move into throughout future career. It's nice to have store locations relatively close to the corporate office that we can visit to see how the business is run in the field.

    Cons

    Takes significant time to learn the industry and data. Each division seems to have their own methods of data analysis and buy-in differs across different divisions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Corporate Office"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compassionate management, work/life balance, opportunities to advance, stability, working with people who are very good at their jobs, low stress atmosphere.

    Cons

    None that should stop you from applying. Currently updating computer systems.

    Advice to Management

    Good communication from upper management in our group but would like to hear more from the new CEO.


  7. "Slow to Change"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Virginia in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Virginia in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Improved employee benefits over the last few years, decent compensation, opportunities for advancement within organization, high rate of employee retention

    Cons

    An older company with very slow acceptance of new technology, difficult to incite change or implement new ideas due to multiple levels of approval and reluctance to change "how things have always been done." Layoffs happen every couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    A higher standard of consistency and decisiveness would be appreciated by staff.

  8. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project and Process Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Project and Process Manager in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern States (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Certain managers were on board to making changes to make a difference with how the company was run.

    Cons

    Senior management had a difficult time of letting go of the good ole' boy system.


  9. "Cooperate Office needs new leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Southern States full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    In general, most of the people I worked with were very pleasant and friendly. With a few exceptions, everyone cared about the quality of the work they were doing. Those who were known for slacking were laid off in 2012. Work life balance is great (8-4:30 with an hour lunch). Cooperate office has a cafeteria on site.

    Cons

    Middle level management has been there forever. There were no fresh and new ideas coming in. Felt like patching holes. Outdated processes and procedures. Same raise every year for each employee done by percentage.

    Advice to Management

    Best way to motivate people is money. A 2% raise is not going to keep talented people around. Make room for the younger generation to shine and take leadership. Look into updating your technology.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work for very little money"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laborer in Petersburg, VA
    Current Employee - Laborer in Petersburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern States part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly customers that tip from time to time
    Some friendly staff
    Independent work

    Cons

    over worked and underpaid
    bad management
    not enough help as far as scheduling goes
    hard work is not appreciated and goes unnoticed

    Advice to Management

    Show better appreciation for dedicated and hard working employees


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