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May 7, 2018

Southern Company Rises to #17 on Forbes’ Ranking of America’s Best Employers

As part of its annual survey of employees, Forbes Magazine, the iconic business publisher, announced that Southern Company is ranked No. 17 among America’s Best Employers (large companies with 5,000 or more employees) for 2018. This ranking also makes Southern Company the No. 1 large employer in Georgia and No. 2 in the nation among energy companies.

Forbes’ annual survey is administered to approximately 30,000 working Americans, asking participants more than 30 detailed questions about working conditions at the company where they’re employed. Participants were also asked to rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. 

“We are thrilled to be honored by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers,” said Nancy Sykes, chief human resources officer for Southern Company. “We are especially gratified because this recognition is directly based on employee feedback. We work hard to cultivate a workplace environment where diverse perspectives are welcomed and employees feel comfortable, valued and appreciated.”

Southern Company’s own survey of employees shows that 89 percent of its workforce has a high level of engagement, with overall scores above utility and general industry benchmarks.  (An engaged employee is one who is enthusiastic about their work and takes positive action to further the organization’s reputation and interests.)

For complete large business rankings, read more about Forbes’ 2018 America’s Best Employers.