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Company Values
Company Values

Company Values

At Southern Company, our total rewards play an important part in who we are as a company and how we attract, engage and retain the best talent.

People Priority

Valuing and developing employees is one of Southern Company's top five priorities. The people priority states that we will elevate performance in our people and culture through the following ways:

  • Continue to demonstrate Safety First in everything we do
  • Develop leaders and employees at all levels
  • Increase accountability with our performance management efforts
  • Leverage diversity in every aspect of the business
  • Cultivate an innovative culture throughout Southern Company

Employee Engagement

A stable and highly competent workforce has helped fuel the company's superior performance in reliability, customer satisfaction and shareholder return. Our deep skills and high percentage of long-tenured employees are evidence of our success in providing a desirable workplace with competitive pay and benefits and ongoing career opportunities. People come to Southern Company for a career, not just a job.

Southern Company system employees bring a strong sense of commitment to the job. Results of our most recent employee survey show that 89 percent of the workforce has a high level of engagement, with overall scores above utility and general industry benchmarks.

Southern Company subsidiaries have one of the lowest turnover rates (8 percent in 2016) in an industry that ranks low in employee turnover.

Recruiting

We've joined forces with high schools, technical schools and universities to recruit and prepare students to pursue careers in power generation, power delivery and nuclear energy. In addition, our military recruitment efforts have had a significant impact on our hiring. Veterans, National Guard and reserve members currently comprise approximately 10 percent of our system-wide workforce. Sixteen percent of year-to-date new hires were veterans, National Guard or reservists.

The Southern Company careers website offers visitors an impartial way to view and apply for jobs at Southern Company and its subsidiaries, including Alabama Power, Georgia Power,  and Mississippi Power. The site also offers career profiles, videos from real employees and details on benefits.

Types of Talent

Engineering

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Engineering opportunities are available at our power generating plants, distribution and transmission units, corporate offices and our gas distribution subsidiaries. Engineers are involved in planning, researching, designing, developing, constructing, installing and operating equipment and systems for the delivery of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

Plant Operations

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We operate many power generating plants throughout the Southeast. Whether the plant uses water, nuclear or fossil fuels, we rely on highly skilled mechanics, electricians and operators in addition to other specialized professions to keep the power on and costs low.

We operate many power generating plants throughout the Southeast. Whether the plant uses water, nuclear or fossil fuels, we rely on highly skilled mechanics, electricians and operators in addition to other specialized professions to keep the power on and costs low.

Gas Operations

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We are looking for future leaders of our company to begin a career in gas operations. Our gas distribution business has exciting career opportunities across the United States. Designing, building and maintaining the natural gas distribution system in our markets is key to safely delivering clean, efficient natural gas to nearly 4.5 million customers.

We are looking for future leaders of our company to begin a career in gas operations. Our gas distribution business has exciting career opportunities across the United States. Designing, building and maintaining the natural gas distribution system in our markets is key to safely delivering clean, efficient natural gas to nearly 4.5 million customers.

Nuclear

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Work for the nation’s leader in nuclear energy and an innovator in advanced nuclear technologies. Southern Company operates six units in Al. and Ga. For more than 40 years, Southern Nuclear has operated its nuclear facilities at the highest levels of reliability.

Information Technology

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We are committed to creating a technology ecosystem that propels our company’s vision of building the future of energy. We apply technical skills and collaborative thinking to develop novel solutions to the business challenges of today and tomorrow. Join our team of 1,500+ IT experts and experience a fulfilling career that’s important, necessary and offers its share of fun and camaraderie.

Professional

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A stable work environment that offers competitive pay and benefits? A culture that values diversity, inclusion, and teamwork? The chance to make a difference every day? Working at Southern Company and its affiliates provides all of the above.

Internships/Co-Ops

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Students play a big role in how we build the future of energy, because they are our future.

Benefits at Southern Company 

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Compensations and Benefits

Southern Company offers competitive compensation and benefits programs that both attract new employees and retain tenured employees. Programs include a comprehensive compensation package, including base salary, short- and long-term variable pay, pension and savings plans, and health care and wellness programs.

Our pay program is designed to compensate employees at competitive levels. Base salary is the foundation of the company's compensation program and is dependent on job classification, market pay levels and individual performance. Variable pay is designed to reward employees for achieving company, business unit and individual goals.

We offer a wide variety of market-competitive benefit choices to employees and their families. These include healthcare and wellness programs and a comprehensive retirement program consisting of a pension and savings plan.

Southern Company provides comprehensive health insurance to all benefit-eligible employees and their families. SouthernLifeStyle is an enhanced health and wellness program, available to employees and their spouses as part of the medical plan. Some of the features of the program include:

  • Lifestyle and disease management programs to assist employees and their spouses in managing their health risks or chronic health conditions. Company-paid health and lab profiles have led to numerous preventive diagnoses, some potentially life-saving.
  • Work-site fitness facilities are available at various company locations.
  • The SouthernLifeStyle wellness website which provides current information on various health topics health resources and wellness initiatives.

The company helps employees prepare for retirement by offering several retirement plans. Southern Company offers a defined benefit pension plan designed to provide employees with a monthly retirement annuity. The amount is based in large part on an employee's earnings and length of service. Southern Company also offers a savings plan that enables employees to contribute a portion of their pay to a before-tax account, a traditional after-tax account, a Roth 401(k) account, or a combination of the three. The company currently matches 85 percent on the first 6 percent of base pay an employee contributes.

Employees within the Southern Company system may be called upon to serve during and after catastrophic storms. Family Services provides assistance to employees who incur significant damage to personal property as a result of a widespread disaster impacting business continuity. Employees and their families are not left alone to face lives turned upside down by catastrophe.

 

Growth Opportunities

We strive to provide employees with opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, including on-the-job training and development. In 2016, we completed 295 employee transfers between subsidiaries, providing opportunities for employees to expand their knowledge of our industry and business operations. A total of 518 employees were promoted to first-time supervisory roles. More recently, Southern Company was recognized as the top-ranked company in America in DiversityInc's 2017 ranking of "Top 10 Companies for Opportunity."

Southern Company also offers online and classroom resources, including an online portal called "Power U" that is designed to help educate employees on business fundamentals and our strategic priorities.

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Child Care

In addition to expanding wellness benefits, Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power has opened two child care centers. The Bright Generations centers build the kind of workplace it takes to attract and retain the best employees. The centers offer employee families in need of child care away from the home an accredited program with a sound instructional component and nurturing environment.

The child care facilities add to wellness benefits that include a new fitness center, as well as free health monitoring and disease prevention services on-site.