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FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
113 Reviews
3.1
113 Reviews
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FirstEnergy President, CEO and Director Anthony J. Alexander
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, fairly good benefits, a lot of good people (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits which still include decent healthcare, pension and 401k (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours -- there is no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management is a confusing chain with VPs reporting to Presdents that reported to VPs (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company with good benefits.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    In depth training, opportunities for advancement, and good compensation.

    Cons

    Expectations from management can sometimes be unreasonable.

  2.  

    Old-guard utility, in the face of a new energy world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

    Pros

    This is a very large company which means there are lots of interesting projects to work on if you are motivated. Generally the employees here are great coworkers, and the atmosphere is reasonably collegial.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, and about who you are friends with. Not friends with the right people expect to go nowhere. If you are you can do a terrible job and only suffer a lateral move. Peter Principal at play here. Management lacks long term vision, and its political ideology interferes with ability to negotiate changes in industry. When the political winds blow against you, adjust your sail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Average Pay, good place to get experience but not a place to get paid or have a career.

    Cons

    Average Pay, expensive benefits, poor management from top to bottom with a selfish greedy CEO that is on his way out due to retirement. A company that is positioning itself to be bought out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK Place to Work - Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has a nice pension plan, which they are replacing with a 401K style approach for new hires. The company has many experienced leaders who will help if asked.

    Cons

    The company is constantly announcing layoffs. Upward mobility is limited for the unconnected. Easy to get lost in the shuffle with so many employees. Training documentation is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop standards for training documentation. Employees are expected to pick up concepts without any formal explanations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Pays the bills but it sucks the life out of you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    Good people for the most part,

    Cons

    The organization as a whole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire people who are deserving, keeping them around makes other less satisfied with their jobs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fourteen Years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nuclear Specialist in Shippingport, PA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Specialist in Shippingport, PA

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, fairly good benefits, a lot of good people. I have had the opportunity to work on a lot of important projects. FirstEnergy has a lot of money available to them, and when necessary, they take actions to improve their generating stations.

    Cons

    Some managers are focused but others have been very incompetent, bull headed, and very difficult to deal with. Some management decisions have been very poor, and for some projects, a lack of implementation and training after "go live". FirstEnergy tends to just "throw things" at the employees, and let them deal with the issues that result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage their employees to build teams based on systems that are common across the fleet. In some cases, corporate support for some nuclear departments is non-existent, and this needs to be addressed at a high level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Improvements Needed to Increase Productivity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, pressure is not overwhelming most of the time, good facilities, bigger city job in a small city, easy commute.

    Cons

    Older male dominated top level management; Many policies are not well thought out and hinder efficient operations; Still struggling and slow at adopting and employing new technologies; Management doesn't listen well, and is out of touch with the front line workings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to others with experience, and employ lessons learned from others instead of making mistakes on your own. There is significant room for process improvements across the system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent Co-op Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Shippingport, PA
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Shippingport, PA

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked in a nuclear plant. Got lots of cool experience. Pay is very good for a co-op and is based off your year in school and experience. If you show some initiative you'll have a much better overall experience.

    Cons

    Everyone seems miserable in the plant. Tons of paperwork. Overly bureaucratic--but I think this comes with the territory (i.e. the nuclear power industry).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the co-ops more structured and larger projects--allow them to flesh these projects out over their term. If you just five them spreadsheet/office work the co-ops will be miserable. After all, the whole point is to potentially recruit them, isn't it?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer III in Shippingport, PA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer III in Shippingport, PA

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady employment with nice benefits

    Cons

    On the downslope not sure were the bottom will be.

  11.  

    Fast growing company, with an unfortunate corporate system.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Help Desk Engineer in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Help Desk Engineer in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company stability, benefits, and job stability.

    Cons

    Corporate managing and guidelines. Poor management and selection. Hard work does not capitalize advancements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on employees that provide good results and hard work for advancement rather than people that work their way up by knowing the right people and how much they "A" they kiss.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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