Best Places to Work in IT 2017 Employer Profile

No. 48, Large

Southern Co.

Atlanta, Ga. [South Atlantic]
Southern Co.
Credit: Southern Co.

Why you want to work there

As this Atlanta-based energy company adjusts to rapid industry transformation, it's relying on its technology professionals to provide critical expertise. Southern Co.'s IT employees can count on getting challenging assignments in areas such as cybersecurity, IT solutions for customers, desktop and mobile support, and technology that enables the companies' 30,000-plus energy professionals to be more effective on the job. Asked to name the positive aspects of working at Southern Co., employees cite opportunities to learn, attention to work/life balance and the fact that they feel empowered to make decisions.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 30,697

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,087

IT employee turnover in 2016: 6%

IT promotions in 2016: 6%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2016: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2016: $2,752

PTO and Healthcare

Days of paid time off after one year of service: 20

Days of paid time off after 10 years of service: 27

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