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Southern Company Reviews

Updated 8 April 2015
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  1. I worked at Southern Company

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, People, Experience, Management

    Cons

    Industry, Environment, Boring, Cube, Inflexible

  2. Great opportunities to advance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Birmingham, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Birmingham, AL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great beneifts, training, my bosses were the best!!

    Cons

    Benefits were changed to support alternative life styles

  3. Conflicted between the strong positive employee values and the lack of objectivity in employee promotions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst, Staff in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst, Staff in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company values and pays its employees towards the upper end of each scale. The company also participates in an industry that is extremely relevant.

    Cons

    Southern Company has a poor history of promoting worthy minorities. In addition, Southern Company has a long history of promoting friends and family.

    Advice to Management

    Generally, current management is on the right track, but hard decisions need to be made about the leaders of tomorrow.

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  5. 2012 Finance Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Finance Intern
    Former Intern - Finance Intern

    I worked at Southern Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Southern Company is a great organization with a friendly culture and outstanding people.

    Cons

    The work environment just wasn't what I was looking for. The projects I worked on were not as challenging as I would have liked, and in general my role was not as fast paced and exciting as I would have liked.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Different strokes for different folks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Too be honest that was the only pro for me
    Most people are friendly

    Cons

    Too old fashioned
    Low salary compared to other companies

    Advice to Management

    Bring the culture into the 21st century!! Your having a hard time attracting and keeping young talent because the company is far too conservative...

  7. Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer Co-Op in Birmingham, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer Co-Op in Birmingham, AL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They care about their employee and great safety program

    Cons

    Can be hectic sometimes when you have to meet project deadline

    Advice to Management

    Promote the employee based on their experience

  8. Old-fashoined stable company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and nice staff. The environment is very friendly to new hires. Starting pay was decent.

    Cons

    Very aged company. Felt awkward as a younger adult coming in to the work force working with exclusively 50+ employees. There are politics within the office which is discouraging.

  9. Good company bad processes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Security Analydt in Birmingham, AL (US)
    Former Employee - IT Security Analydt in Birmingham, AL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Southern Company has an open developmental move program that allow to to try working in different departments within the company

    Cons

    Southern tends to have a Good Ole boy mentality. This subsequently puts people who are not good managers in management positions

    Advice to Management

    Clean house with the employee level management.

  10. Helpful (1)

    A job for life...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planning Analyst in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Planning Analyst in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and job security.

    Cons

    Not a cutting edge company and steeped in tradition. Can be frustrating when you know change will help but no one will accept it.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the siloed operating companies. One company, one brand that all employees belong to. Too much APC vs GPC garbage that stops change for the better from happening.

  11. Great people & company but senior management lacks leadership qualities necessary to make for an enjoyable job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Columbia, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Columbia, AL (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good job security, great people to work with

    Cons

    pitiful management i.e. only knowledgable on pushing employees past the limit, very overwhelming expectations, very unnecessary style of management

    Advice to Management

    not much hope so not really worth mentioning but to suggest a minima, create an enjoyable atmosphere for employees to work in by treating them like people. Be firm but mix in previous leadership style so company can get back to begin the best in the business.

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