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FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
107 Reviews
3.3
107 Reviews
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FirstEnergy President, CEO and Director Anthony J. Alexander
Anthony J. Alexander
64 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Offered good pay compared to other call centers in the area (in 6 reviews)


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

  • upper management is disconnected from the day to day operations (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    FirstEnergy - Competitive Energy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked in small teams on highly technical development projects. Was able to see the full company and felt interconnected to the challenges that the business faced. Always felt as though contribution was valued.

    Cons

    Small team structure, extremely challenging political climate for energy producers using coal fired production. Additional challengs from operating in recent deregulated markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue working to bring top talent into the organization. Ensure that employees feel connected, avoid confrontational managemnt styles as this lessens the value from many of the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Co-workers seem like friends and family

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Williamsport, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsport, MD

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

    Pros

    It's a very friendly work environment. Everyone works together to achieve common goals. Safety is taken VERY seriously. A high level of trust and responsibility is given to all employees when it comes to decision making. I truly enjoy my job and look forward to beginning each day.

    Cons

    Being an electric utility, storms will hit and when they do, the entire company pulls together to get customers beck in service. All employees are given certain roles during storm restoration and most employees work 16-hour days until restoration of service to customers is complete. Depending upon the severity and location of the storm, employees may be required to travel away from home with no notice. Length of out-of-town stay may range from a few days to a few weeks. Once again, this is just the nature of working for an electric utility. But, some people may see this as a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To encourage more employees to participate in the HDHP, the company should reinstate the HSA contribution. Consider 401K matching of 6% instead of 4%.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a wonderful place to work. Coworkers are easy to get along with very positive atmosphere

    Cons

    Is don't have any cons

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    A job for the self motivated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Meter Reader  in  Elyria, OH
    Former Employee - Meter Reader in Elyria, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent salary, room for growth inside the company. Solid Benefits. Great team of people. Strong emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    Physically very demanding. Not a lot of training. A lot of potential hazards to do with on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time following a veteran reader. Less time in the classroom training and more in field training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Life at First Energy call center

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management realizes what a difficult job customer service reps have. There is an excellent management team at the customer service center.

    Cons

    The biggest complaint would be having to be available for up to 16 hours at a stretch during storms and outages. The reps can't tell the customers anything more than what's available online or on automated voice messaging when outages occur during the night and off hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share positive comments with customer service representatives more often, not just negative feedback. Also, please do not monitor every single second of the day for phone reps as it is a very stressful job without having that added. Responsible reps are going to do their job whether or not they're being scrutinized every waking moment.

    Recommends
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    A good company if the Feds don't drive electrical utilities into the ground.

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    Current Employee - Safety Representative  in  Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Safety Representative in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits which still include decent healthcare, pension and 401k. Vacation standard amongst piers. Depending on the office area, the environment is easy to work in.

    Cons

    Governmental regulation of coal and clean air laws that the EPA admits won't affect carbon emissions would cost utilities billions to enact or they close plants. Business units often have redundant departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support professional development and certification maintenance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work

    Former Employee - Manager  in  Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, no pressure to work overtime, good sense of work life balance and normally promote from within

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on who you know as opposed to what you know. Not the easiest place to get integrated into the culture for experienced personnel

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people. Some of the nicest I've worked with.

    Cons

    A slow moving, boys club. Seemed like everyone in leadership went to college together. Not a company quick to pick up on new innovative ideas or concepts. If you want to sit back and coast, this could be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get engaged!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Busy, but rewarding...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst II  in  Brecksville, OH
    Former Employee - Business Analyst II in Brecksville, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I was proud too be a part of a solid company from the beginning. I really liked the wide range of responsibilities I carried my whole time there. Being surrounded by people that had 20+ years service was a good way to learn about the company and how I would be able to help. I was allowed to improve how things were being done for the good of the department.

    Cons

    FirstEnergy has spent the last few years learning that they are not good at making adjustments due to the market. That has made it very difficult to succeed with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest that management looks more into the future when making decisions...and more important, speak with their subordinates to guarantee that they are working on an actual issue. Too many decisions made from things that really had no bearing on the company as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    FirstEnergy can offer real opportunities

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Akron, OH

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

    Pros

    I've worked with and learned from a lot of great and talented people. Opportunities for exposure to other departments, job responsibilities are available.

    Cons

    Somewhat unpredictable due to the nature of the utility industry. Periodic restructuring, reorganization is not uncommon.
    Company is pretty conservative, again that is found a lot w/in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect everyone, not just those who are "connected."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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