Southern Company ranks as top utility for sixth consecutive year in 2013 Top
100 Military Friendly Employers® listing
ATLANTA, Nov. 9, 2012
ATLANTA, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --G.I. Jobs has named Southern Company the
highest-ranked utility in its 2013 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers^®
listing. This marks the sixth consecutive year Southern Company has ranked as
the nation's best utility for veterans, guardsmen and reservists.
The Top 100 Military Friendly Employers^® list is compiled from 5,000
companies with annual revenues of at least $500 million. Criteria for
selection included the strength of the company's military recruiting efforts,
the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs
and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.
Eleven percent of Southern Company's 26,000 employees – and 15 percent of new
hires – are veterans, guardsmen or reservists. The numbers are even stronger
at the company's two flagship construction projects – Plant Vogtle in Georgia
and the Kemper County energy facility in Mississippi. At Vogtle, where
Southern Company is leading America's nuclear renaissance by building the
first new nuclear units in a generation, 47 percent of new hires are veterans.
At Kemper County, where subsidiary Mississippi Power is advancing energy
innovation with construction of a 21^st century coal plant, 21 percent of new
hires are prior military.
"As a company committed to supporting military personnel, we are honored that
so many veterans have chosen to be part of the Southern Company team," said
Susan N. Story, Southern Company executive vice president and Southern Company
Services president and CEO. "The same characteristics these real-life heroes
exemplify – dedication, commitment to safety, teamwork and excellence in all
they do – are exactly what we look for in employees."
As part of its commitment to veterans, Southern Company is a founding partner
of the Troops to Energy Jobs program, a recruiting source that links veterans
to job openings in the energy industry. The company is a Naval Nuclear
Propulsion Program partner, actively recruiting members of the nuclear Navy.
Southern Company has pledged to support the Joining Forces initiative and
signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve statement. In addition,
the company annually participates in more than 30 military recruitment events
and partners with military transition centers across the country.
Southern Company's ongoing support of military personnel has earned broad
recognition, including the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom
Award – the highest honor given by the Department of Defense for support of
employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserve – and the Pro Patria
Award for its leadership in providing benefits to military employees. Southern
Company received the Most Valuable Employers for Military award by
CivilianJobs.com in 2010, and in 2011 ranked "bronze" on Military Times EDGE
magazine's "Best for Vets" top 50 employer list.
In its 10^th year, the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers^® list is the
premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking
civilian employment. The survey results that determined the 2013 list were
independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and
methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Each year, companies taking the survey
are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology,
criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an advisory board
consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community.
The full list can be viewed at:
With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating
capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy
company serving the Southeast. 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 is
leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first
new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and is
demonstrating its commitment to energy innovation through 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 and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company
received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its
leadership in new nuclear development, was named Platts' 2011 Power Company of
the Year 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
SOURCE Southern Company
Contact: Southern Company Media Relations, +1-404-506-5333 or 866-506-5333
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