Southern States Reviews

Updated 3 April 2015
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  1. Hard work for very little money

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laborer in Petersburg, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Laborer in Petersburg, VA (US)

    I have been working at Southern States part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly customers that tip from time to time
    Some friendly staff
    Independent work

    Cons

    over worked and underpaid
    bad management
    not enough help as far as scheduling goes
    hard work is not appreciated and goes unnoticed

    Advice to Management

    Show better appreciation for dedicated and hard working employees

  2. Employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern States

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, the benefits are great, vaction time as soon as you hire on as well as insurane

    Cons

    its a feed mill dirty, dusty, and hard work, the pay is very minimum

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay because we are one of the hghest and most productive feed mills on the east coast yet we get paid the least

  3. Good Company that has changed drastically

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern States full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Overall good people that work there.

    Cons

    New Management has made company not pleasant

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone doesn't have a degree doesn't mean we don't have a voice or don't know what we are doing.

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  5. Southern States Marketing Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Southern States

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for they are very flexible and understanding. Great team members to work with.

    Cons

    Older company so the atmosphere is a bit dry and boring.

  6. Awesome place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern States

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and hours.

    Cons

    They'll lay off after your 90 day probation if there aren't any positions available for hire.

  7. Company sucks up new Dm's from TSC and Lowes not for company dedication but for the love of a dollar

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at Southern States full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For the love of the business agriculture! A dying breed We need to work hard to bring back the principals on which Southern States was founded

    Cons

    The cookie cutter stores do not cater to all clientele. The merchandise needs to be based on the demographics of the store. Stop bring the general store with candy on pegs and sell some real farming needs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop employee shopping at your competition. They have some of the worst customer service and product knowledge I have ever witnessed. If Southern States is that threatened by the enemy and the only way to fight competition is to steal their employees ,then things are looking very dismal for Southern States. When I worked for the company I prided myself in my job and the company. After Southern States drafted in TSC & Lowes recruits, I compared my last months to our political administration......neither had any leadership skills... But power hungry and full of empty promises

  8. Helpful (1)

    Values are all wrong.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern States

    Pros

    Work hours are 8:00 to 4:30. They are flexible when it comes to taking time off for appointments.

    Cons

    Benefits package is awful.
    Management values tenure and friendship over ability and professionalism.
    Too much gossip.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring internally is great when the candidate is actually qualified for the position being filled. There are too many mid level managers less qualified to lead a team than their analysts.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great learning experience, non-progressive company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dealer Sales Manager in Bridgewater, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Dealer Sales Manager in Bridgewater, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Southern States full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The flexibility of being a sales rep is wonderful, benefits of having a car, phone, and other electronics are a huge plus. Most accounts are great to work with, developing both work relationships and personal friendships.

    Cons

    Many lonely hours driving on the road, inconsistent sales goals, and feeling of "always working". The company is not very progressive or quickly receptive to those working in the field.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Company lacks direction, does not live up to mission statement and values.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Southern States full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company attracts quality individuals at the store level.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent direction and leadership from corporate management. Company lacks focus and is increasingly relying on underperforming management imported from outside the company for direction. Company culture is in constant flux and no longer reflects the noble values of the mission statement. Southern States can still rely on it's employees but they can no longer rely on Southern States. Very likely the company will soon begin shrinking back to it's wholesale/milling core even as it amateurishly pursues retail expansion and continues driving away talent.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus company on the values that made Southern States successful - create a consistent company culture. Reform hiring practices as imported management has damaged company culture almost beyond repair.

  11. Second Accounting Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Southern States as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were down to earth and very welcoming.

    Cons

    I had nothing to do and got paid $13/hour as an accounting intern. The program was new and there was not much structure.

    Advice to Management

    To keep interns, please give them work to do.

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