SEM Named a 2024 Best Places to Work Award Winner

In This Article

We are thrilled to announce that Southern Energy Management has been honored as a 2024 Best Places to Work by Triangle Business Journal.

Based out of Raleigh, Southern Energy has been working to lead the change in building performance and solar power since 2001. The Best Places to Work award is a testament to our team’s dedication to creating an environment where every individual is encouraged to thrive both personally and professionally. Each and every member of the SEM family are at the heart of this award. This is the third time that Southern Energy has earned this achievement since 2018!

Leading the Change

What does it take to be named a Best Place to Work?

Winners are selected through an employee survey process. Nominated companies must achieve a participation threshold, which varies depending on the company’s size.

As a local business and Certified B Corp that values using business as a force for good, this award is another recognition that we’re leading with people and purpose at heart. It signifies that we are fulfilling our team’s expectations and fostering an environment where team members are enthusiastic about contributing to our mission of leading the change for people and the planet.

Commitment To Our Team

What does this look like at Southern Energy? 

According to our survey results, the word that our team used most to describe Southern Energy Management is “supportive”. At Southern Energy, we place a significant amount of energy, resources, and care into creating a team culture of love, support, and growth. We are in awe to see this as the most common word our team collectively used to describe our work environment. 

“My experience at SEM has been overwhelmingly positive from the very beginning. During my first interview, the team made me feel welcomed and valued, demonstrating that there was room for advancement. My team is not only positive and supportive, encouraging us to prioritize our mental health, but they also foster a coaching environment where we can strengthen our weaknesses. Each department is committed to helping every employee excel and find a role that fits them best. These experiences will undoubtedly influence me when I eventually manage my own business, and I will be able to say with pride that SEM taught me well.”

– SEM Team Member

As a team, we prioritize open communication, continuous feedback, and opportunities for professional growth. Our leadership works to ensure that every team member feels valued and heard by implementing tools and processes that provide opportunities for continuous feedback no matter the role.  We believe this creates a strong sense of belonging and community within our whole and individual teams.

We invest heavily in the growth and development of our team members, with our internal training program named “SEM YOUniversity”. Through regular training sessions, workshops, and opportunities for career advancement, our team is encouraged to continuously improve their personal and professional skills to advance in their careers. Last year a total of 51 courses were offered, totaling 846 hours of team training and 150 hours of JEDI conversations participated in! 

“Southern Energy values our employees tremendously and understands that we are the most important resource for the company. There is clear visibility to all team members to understand decisions that are made and directions we are going, and anyone can have an idea that can change the way we operate. The leaders that I work with are invested in the efficient growth of our team both personally and professionally.”

– SEM Team Member

By the Numbers

From our team’s Best Places to Work Survey, here’s how we ranked: 

  • 89/100 Overall Score
  • 88% Highly Engaged Team Members
  • 0 Disengaged Team Members
  • 219 comments shared by our team

In Good Company

We’re not alone in leading the change for businesses that work for people! Here’s a full list of other companies honored as 2024 Triangle Best Places to Work. 

Full List of 2024 TBJ Triangle Best Places to Work Honorees:

  • Mid-Atlantic Associates Inc.
  • Aligned Technology Group
  • Wells Family Dental Group
  • PharPoint Research
  • Mungo Homes
  • Management Recruiters of Raleigh
  • Choate Construction*
  • Carolina Restoration Services of North Carolina Inc.
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Career Collective
  • Dogwood State Bank
  • MCNC
  • Seguno Software
  • Rankin McKenzie
  • Verona Pharma
  • The Link Group
  • WingSwept
  • RevGen NC Inc.
  • Mattamy Homes*
  • AAE Speakers Bureau | All American Entertainment
  • Enact Mortgage Insurance
  • Captrust
  • Audio Advice
  • Smith Anderson
  • DPR Construction
  • Edward Jones
  • SoftPro
  • Cook Wealth
  • RapidScale
  • Clancy & Theys Construction Company*
  • Clean Advertising and Design
  • Vontier
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • PulteGroup Inc.*
  • Wyrick Robbins
  • McAdams
  • BASF
  • Abrigo
  • Three Oaks Behavioral Health
  • Bob Barker Company Inc.
  • Homes By Dickerson*
  • Tavros Therapeutics
  • Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
  • Greystar*
  • North Carolina Education Lottery
  • Aspida
  • Rho Inc.
  • Southern Energy Management 🌞
  • Chapel Hill Tire
  • Align Technology

*shoutout to these awesome companies we’ve worked with!

What’s Next?

Our mission of changing the way people make and use energy goes beyond business; it’s about making a positive impact in our communities and for our planet. With a triple bottom line, our team is passionate about sustainability and making a difference in the world and we look forward to continuing to do that together. 

Team members from Southern Energy Management standing side by side during a team event

Want to learn more about our impact?
Check out our 2023 Sustainability Report → 

Interested in joining our team?
Check out our open job listings! → 

Interested in leading the change with solar power or building efficiency?
Get in touch by filling out the form below 👇

Meet the Author


A team of 150+ building scientists, solar professionals, and entrepreneurs dedicated to improving the way the world makes and uses energy.

Ready to Get Started?

Schedule a free assessment to learn more about solar power & battery storage for your home.