Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 28

Southern Co.

Atlanta, Ga. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

This Atlanta electricity distributor cares about how its employees work, and how they get to work. Commuting options include ride-sharing services, vanpools and a program offering subsidized mass transit passes. Plus, nearly 1,000 IT employees have the ability to telecommute, and about 300 of them do so regularly. IT workers are also have multiple opportunities for professional development, including job-shadowing arrangements and on-the-job training programs. The company also encourages employees to get experience in new jobs, either within or outside of the IT department. In 2008, 69 IT employees moved to new jobs within the IT organization, 23 IT employees took positions in other company departments, and 21 employees moved into IT from other company departments. Through an employee council, workers help IT executives address concerns such as workgroup fairness. And a group known as the Green Place to Work Team finds ways to use technology to benefit of the environment. IT also has a two-year development program through which employees take leadership courses and participate in mentoring relationships with company executives. Another learning opportunity for employees is IT's intellectual property program. Through that initiative, employees learn the patent process, help protect the company's intellectual property and become eligible for cash awards.

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Rank by company size:
Large, No. 19

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 26,800

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,058

IT employee turnover in 2008: 5%

IT promotions in 2008: 9%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 4

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $2,345

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 26%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 32%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 25%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 21%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 15%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 22%