At Southern Pipe & Supply Company, Inc., 94 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 514 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.33. It was published on Jul 9, 2018. 5331 Visitors

What Employees Say

I believe management would lay people off only as a last resort.
95%
 
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
95%
 
This is a physically safe place to work.
95%
 
I want to work here for a long time.
94%
 
I can be myself around here.
93%
 

What They Do

We asked Southern Pipe & Supply Company, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Southern Pipe & Supply is one of the nation's largest privately-held distributors of plumbing, heating, air conditioning, waterworks, and industrial materials. Contractors, municipalities, and consumers rely on Southern Pipe to provide expertise and service needed in new construction and renovations/remodeling projects.

About this Company

Website: www.southernpipe.com Industry: Construction
US Headquarters: Meridian, Mississippi, 39301 US Sites: 109
Major Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, 30132; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70806; Birmingham, Alabama, 35232; Gulfport, Mississippi, 39502; Jackson, Mississippi, 39218; Little Rock, Arkansas, 72204; Memphis, Tennessee, 38637; Meridian, Mississippi, 39302; Mobile, Alabama, 36606; Nashville, Tennessee, 37210 US Employees: 866
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1938

Southern Pipe & Supply Company, Inc. has been awarded:

Best Medium Workplaces 2016 (ranked 100)


Service with a Smile

Perks and Programs

We asked Southern Pipe & Supply Company, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Champions' & President's Clubs: High performing branch managers qualify for Champion’s Club. Managers who qualify for Champion’s Club (event has been in place for over forty years) celebrate with each qualifier and guest during an all-expense paid four day weekend at sites ranging from Disney World to New Orleans. Further, these champion managers receive additional cash bonuses, a ring (designed by the jeweler who designs the Super Bowl rings), Rolex watches, etc. The family members (employees) at the qualifying branches receive additional paid time off and larger bonus payments. President's Club is our recognition event for high performing salespersons. Like Champion’s Club, the President’s Club (event has been in place for thirty years) qualifiers receive many perks similar to those outlined for Champions' Club.
  • Bonus Program: All Southern Pipe & Supply family members (employees) are eligible for twice a year bonuses based on the performance of their location. Added in 2017, opportunity to increase bonuses as location performance improves. As location performance improves, the bonus pool increases to be divided by all non-management family members (employees).
  • Service Plus Recognition: All Southern Pipe family members who display extraordinary service externally to customers or internally to family members can be nominated for quarterly drawings for $500 gift cards.
  • Family Member Appreciation Week: The third week in April we celebrate our family members (employees) through Family Member Appreciation Week across the company. During this week, celebrations are held at every location ranging from cookouts to ice cream buffets. Each day during the week, drawings are held for 100 gift cards ranging in value from $25 to $500. A total of $8,000 is awarded to winning family members.
  • Craz-E-Dazs: On numerous occasions throughout the year, family members are encouraged to dress up and celebrate Craz-E-Dazs. Typically Craz-E- Dazs are Super Bowl Friday, St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, Football Friday (kickoff of football season) & Halloween. Cash prizes for the top 3 best dressed family members and the top 3 best decorated locations. Included in those dressing up, you will find our CEO, and other top management of the company joining in the fun.
  • Family for Family Fund: Southern Pipe & Supply family members who experience financial hardship due to disasters, major health issues or death, may apply to receive aid from the Family for Family Fund. This fund was created after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and continues today. Most recently provided $50,000 in free assistance to Southern Pipe family member impact by the South Louisiana floods (August 2016).
  • Milestone Club - Service Tenure Recognition: Southern Pipe celebrates family member's commitment to the company by recognizing tenure beginning at 5 years. In 5 year intervals, family members are recognized with letters of congratulations, framed certificates and gift cards (beginning at $250 ranging up to $5,000). Beginning at 20 years, Southern Pipe celebrates long term family members tenure with inclusion in the Milestone Club. Held annually, the Milestone Club recognizes all 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 & 50 year family members with an exclusive awards event and dinner, cash awards/gift certificates ranging up to $10,000.
  • Product Promotion Spiffs: Most all family members have the opportunity to earn cash/product spiffs or promotional trips by selling products of varying manufacturers. While most spiffs are in the $50 to $100 range, some earn $500 or more in spiffs and group trips valued at more then $1,000.
  • Apparel Program: All family members are provided company shirts (polo style), t-shirts and hats at no charge.
  • Health & Wellness: Southern Pipe family members can earn up to $500 in cash or savings by participating in the company's Health & Wellness program.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

45% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 5% of salary83% Company-paid health coverage for employees
56% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 83% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
No requirement hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
Mudbugs with Friends

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

12 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 4 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
7 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 45 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*

Community and Environmental Impact

$136,000 Philanthropic donations in last year

Diversity

  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
Teamwork

DEMOGRAPHICS

 
Making Jeannie's Place a Reality

How to Get Hired

We asked Southern Pipe & Supply Company, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

What makes Southern Pipe special is our family culture. At Southern Pipe, you're not an employee; you're a "family member". What does it take to join the Southern Pipe family? Successful family members at Southern Pipe are caring individuals. They show respect for everyone and they love being a part of a winning team. They possess a high level of personal integrity - they are dependable, have a strong work ethic and they approach things with an underdog mentality. Lastly, they demonstrate personal leadership - they have a service mentality for their fellow family members and customers and strive to build relatioonships with them, they help create and maintain a fun work environment, they understand and embrace change, and they have a desire to continue to learn and get better at what they do.   

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

At Southern Pipe, our selection process focuses upon "hiring for attitude - training for skill". While past work experience and life lessons are important, attitude is most important. Demonstrate how your attitude can make you a valued member of our family. We work hard at Southern Pipe, injecting fun into our work environment is important. Demonstrate how you would be a catalyst for fun at Southern Pipe. Relationships with our family members, customers and vendors are critical to our success. Demonstrate how you build and maintian relationships with people. At Southern Pipe, it's all about the team winning, not any individual. Demonstrate that you are a "we" not an "I" person. Demonstrate what you can do for our team, not what we can we do for you. Growth as a company and as individuals is expected at Southern Pipe. Demonstrate how you will be better tomorrow than you were today. 

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Distribution Development Program (DDP) - We are proud that the majority of our management talent is "homegrown". One source of this talent is DDP. DDP is designed to take great people with college degrees and teach the business from the ground up. To learn more, contact ron.black@southernpipe.com.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Branch Operations - Branch opportunities include: warehouse, delivery drivers, inside/counter sales, showroom sales, outside sales and management positions. To learn more about branch opportunities, visit www.southernpipe.com, and locate the nearest branch in your area. Contact the manager for more information. Central Distribution Center (CDC) - CDC opportunities include: shipping, receiving, long-haul driving and supervisory positions. To learn more, contact jimmy.may@southernpipe.com . Corporate Office - Corporate Office opportunities include: administrative and management opportunities in the support areas of Accounting, Credit, eCommerce, Finance, Human Resources/Training, Information Systems, Inventory, Marketing, Merchandising, and Purchasing. To learn more about opportunities at our Corporate Office, contact ron.black@southernpipe.com. Distribution Development Program (DDP) - We are proud that the majority of our management talent is "homegrown". One source of this talent is DDP. DDP is designed to take great people with college degrees and teach the business from the ground up. To learn more, contact ron.black@southernpipe.com.

hiring Outlook

13% Job Growth 10% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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