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Southland Industries Reviews

Updated November 8, 2018
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Pros
  • "They understand a good a work / life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "We had some really smart people" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "If Southland doesn't start hiring good people quickly, the current people are bound to be stretched thin" (in 4 reviews)

  • "No organization, No sense of mentorship" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Grow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Garden Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Garden Grove, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wealth of knowledge available to you at all times. I have never been told no when asking for help. The biggest determination of an employee's success at this company is driven by their desire to grow.

    Cons

    There's sometimes a lack of a unified direction at times between the business units and corporate

    Advice to Management

    Keep allowing employees to grow.


  2. "Looking Back On My First Year"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safety Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    So far I have been in 2 different divisions. I like wherever you are there is always new challenges. You are never given unrealistic deadlines or so much work that you cannot handle it. The support from management has been great as there is always been a answer to every question asked. People within the company have a great attitude and the people that don't seem to find themselves somewhere else. It's great to have understanding managers who care and are genuine. They understand a good a work / life balance. My manager and I have mapped out my goals and have a solid plan to achieve them. I cannot recall ever going to work and having a "bad day". I look forward to coming to work, not everyone can say that. It's a great team environment to be around that makes it work very well. Safety is stressed and preached throughout the company culture and it shows.

    Cons

    The hardest thing I see is the growth of the company and the pains associated with that. Different divisions have the basic same structure but there are different culture changes that are outside the company that affect day to day operations. Going from area to area takes some getting used to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing... would like to see upper management in the field more.

  3. "Piping Detailer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time

    Pros

    Training resources are numerous and very accessible. There is an overall attitude of sharing in growth and success. Core values set the tone of the overall culture. It is not about successful projects, instead it is about successful teams that complete projects.

    Cons

    Even though the company is large in scale, it is very fast paced in growth as it reaches out into new markets which can create difficult learning curves that might not have been predicted.

    Advice to Management

    Don't stop bringing in more great talent. There is always room for high level team members.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southland Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company really taking a good care of employees.

    Cons

    IT department is a mess.


  5. "Great company, not so great pay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time

    Pros

    Southland is like a family. They do care about their employees and match your 401K as well as provide health, vision, and dental. They host a lot of company functions which are fun and allow you to connect with fellow employees. They also have room for growth in many positions.

    Cons

    Southland pays much lower than most of their competitors. They also tend to load up their employees with more work than can be handled.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the worth of your employees and pay them accordingly. You may end up losing people that could potentially make a difference in the company.

    Southland Industries Response

    Jul 26, 2018 – VP, Marketing

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.

    Southland is committed to providing a leading edge competitive total compensation package in order to attract, retain and reward top... More


  6. "Southland Industries"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and Family oriented.

    Cons

    Pay scale seems to be on the lower end for the industry.

    Southland Industries Response

    Jul 26, 2018 – VP, Marketing

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.

    Southland is committed to providing a leading edge competitive total compensation package in order to attract, retain and reward top... More


  7. "Jobsite Admin"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Jobsite Administrative in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Jobsite Administrative in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to train and grow. Perks onsite. Pleasant employees and management.

    Cons

    Company is less known in area.

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Great company with outstanding leadership and excellent career opportunities"

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

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment with minimal bureaucracy. The company runs a lean organization focused on results. Employees are empowered and treated with respect. Senior leadership is accessible and fully supportive of it's business leaders.

    Good work / life balance and employees are rewarded for strong performance.

    Cons

    Challenged to find enough quality resources to support growth. Not a lot of cons. Transparent leadership that holds its employees accountable to the company's core values.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Welder"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time

    Pros

    Union shop. Pay according to apprenticeship with great Benifits

    Cons

    No holiday pay. Gets slow and they lay off a lot of workers.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Better Firm Than Most!"

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

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at a bunch of engineering firms, and yes, Southland isn't perfect - but in my opinion they work hard to make it one of the best. I think you'll search for years to find a better firm to work for, and I'd bet that the folks who aren't happy with minor things haven't worked at very many firms. Trust me when I say, Southland is a great firm to work for. Perfect? No... but none are. Pros?

    *Great benefits.

    *Decent work life balance (anybody who complains about occasional OT hasn't worked in engineering very long).

    *Great people.

    *Fun office environment.

    *The firm cares about you,

    *Lots of Team building/Social activities available.

    *Management holds company-wide meetings in Phoenix, and I think they do a pretty good job of keeping staff informed as to what's going on, what the firms plans are, etc.

    Cons

    Again, every firm has their weak points. Cons -

    *Currently we have great staff members, but many of them are young and/or inexperienced. Some depth in the form of a few "gray hairs" would help.

    *Team leaders - Some are new and struggling with their new responsibilities. Southland seems to have done the usual "Take a good engineer and Poof! you're a manager", but the skill sets aren't close to the same. The learning curve for the managers is sometimes a little painful for staff.

    *Communication - Serious improvement needed here. Teams more often than not are siloed, mainly because the young people haven't yet learned what/when/why relative to project coordination. PM's are also surprisingly inept at keeping their teams up to speed. As a result, more time is spent chasing information than ever should be.

    *Phoenix seems to be the red-headed step-child sometimes. Strategic hires are always based in other offices, marketing for the location is non-existent and I'm not sure why. Southland is a great, stable, formidable presence in the valley, yet we're the best kept secret in town.

    Advice to Management

    I guess if I could suggest one thing it would be to start getting the word out locally that we're here and we're open for business. It's incredible how many people in the industry still don't know who we are.

    Ok maybe 2 things... Culture. I went to boot camp in SoCal. Absolutely hated the thought, like I'd have rather had kidney stones than gone hated it - until I got there. The boot camp and the culture at SoCal absolutely blew me away! Everyone was motivated to do their best, the Southland culture was palpable, it was an awesome experience! Then I came home. I suggested to several managers that as a start we get some of the same posters that I saw in SoCal for the office here as a start, and 2+ years later I think we have one propped against a wall somewhere. What I experienced there was motivating and infectious, and we need to get that in Phoenix - but to be frank I'm not very hopeful when a few standard posters takes 3 years.