Best Places to Work in IT 2016 Employer Profile

No. 32, Large

Southern Co.

Atlanta, Ga. [South Atlantic]
Southern Company

Why you want to work there

Technology is of paramount importance to this Atlanta-based energy company, because the energy industry is undergoing a period of significant transformation. The IT team enjoys a range of challenging duties, from implementing cutting-edge cybersecurity programs to powering smart grid technologies and supporting the first fully digital U.S. nuclear power facility. Southern Co.'s IT intellectual property program exceeded its goal of delivering $1.5 million in value in 2015, with employees generating more than 1,000 innovative ideas that resulted in about 100 patent filings.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 26,500

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,107

IT employee turnover in 2015: 6%

IT promotions in 2015: 14%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2015: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2015: $903

PTO and Healthcare

Days of paid time off after one year of service: 10

Days of paid time off after 10 years of service: 100

Percentage of employee health insurance premium paid by employer: 80%