Southern Company ranked among "Best Places to Work in IT"

ATLANTA, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company today announced that for the ninth consecutive year IDG's Computerworld has recognized the company as one of the best workplaces for information technology professionals in its annual ranking of the 100 "Best Places to Work in IT" list. In this year's rankings, Southern Company was listed as the highest-rated "large" utility company.


"Southern Company has a long-standing commitment to innovation that encourages and fosters the growth of employees," said Southern Company Services President and CEO Mark S. Lantrip. "This recognition as one of the best places to work in IT – and as the top 'large' utility in the ranking – highlights the important role of technology in the work we do to benefit the customers we are privileged to serve."

Computerworld's 2015 "Best Places to Work in IT" feature ranks the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention.

In addition, Computerworld conducted extensive surveys of IT workers, which accounted for approximately half of the total scoring. More than 23,000 IT employees from the final 100 companies across the country completed the Computerworld survey. The employee survey included topics such as satisfaction with training and development programs, compensation, benefits and work/life balance.

With more than 4.5 million customers and approximately 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks and designated a 2013 Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company received the Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

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