Southern Company

5.5 Atlanta, Georgia

Top Level Scores

The following categories are graded on a scale of 1 to 4.


Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through our subsidiaries. We provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services.
Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology.

Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world.

military culture

Our organization has a strong diversity and inclusion strategy that encompasses military culture and structure. The senior diversity and inclusion council has military veteran representation at the top level who integrates military 101 for managers and new supervisors. Military is recognized in our overall culture scorecard for diversity and inclusion effectiveness. Also, our veteran resource groups offer focused career development training led by senior managers (veterans) within the groups, and sponsored by at least one executive senior leader in the company.

military spouse recruitment and hiring

This is our 5th consecutive year partnering with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (Department of Defense's Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program) helping military spouses find jobs.

We also partnered this year with the Army Civilian Personnel Advisory Center and Civilian Human Resources Agency, and Fleet/Family Support Center across all branches of the military to provide career readiness and career development programs for spouses.

Finally, we partner with VA, DOL Career Centers across the southeast, and Hiring our Heroes on military spouse hiring initiatives. The local veteran employment reps (LVERS) routinely refer spouses to us for career opportunities.

We have a hiring goal of 6% spouse external hires annually.

military caregiver policy

Our company has sponsored initiatives through Hidden Heroes. Additionally, we partner with Military Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) to connect caregivers to careers. Finally, we understand the value of disabled veterans in our workforce, and make every effort to open all career opportunities to caregivers.

retention support

We offer a retention support program for all military connected employees regardless of the sub groups people may belong to,We offer retention support programming designed specifically for currently service Guard and Reserve employees,We offer retention support programming designed specifically for women veterans,We offer retention support programming designed specifically for minority veterans (minority veterans include but are not limited to people of color, women, LGBTQ, and (non) religious minorities)

orientation training and onboarding

  • New Employee Orientation
  • New Employee Training
  • On-boarding program
  • Mentorship program

military connected assistance

The Military Veterans in Power Employee Resource Group exists to help position Southern Company and it's operating companies Georgia Power, Southern Company Gas, Southern Nuclear, and Southern Power as "Employers of Choice" for military veterans and to enhance their career development. Another functional purpose is to integrate employee veterans into the company (internally and externally) in order to encourage job performance and career success.

Additionally, our Power of Women (POW) Employee Resource Group offers targeted career development and networking opportunities specifically for female veteran employees. A mentor is assigned individually, and a structured development plan can be implemented for focused success measures.

Finally, our PRIDE Employee Resource Group includes many veteran LGBTQ employees. Focused mentoring programs can be leveraged for career development success.

civilian credential support

We offer tuition assistance or other financial support toward the preparation, attainment, and/or maintaining of an academic or professional certificate, degree, or another civilian credential,We offer a professional licensure or certificate in lieu of military service,We offer apprenticeships, internships, or other formalized, structured training program/s to assist with the attainment of a civilian credential Navy Nuclear System Operator (Reactor Operator and Senior Reactor Operator Certifications, recognized by the industry nuclear power operations (INPO), Electrical Power System - Prime Power, Gas Turbine Systems Operations (GE Turbine Certification), Air Traffic Controllers (FAA/FCC Certifications), and National Energy Regulatory Commission (NERC) certifications. Electricians Mate (Engineering Electrical Code), Information Technology (Cyber Security), Protection and Controls Avionics/Weapons Systems (Electrical AC/DC circuits, PLC) Telecommunications Electrician (Microwave/Data systems)

All of our post-hire apprenticeship training programs have been VA approved for 9/11 GI Bill Funding

senior leadership

As of 2019, we had a total of nine (9) senior-level leaders who had self-identified as veterans

Transitioning out of the military and looking for a job? The Military Times Job Board has listings from companies looking to hire vets.