FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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FirstEnergy President, CEO and Director Anthony J. Alexander
Anthony J. Alexander
74 Ratings

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 does not engage employees to have a voice into the success of the company as a whole (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Unique experiences

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer Programs Engineering in Oak Harbor, OH
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer Programs Engineering in Oak Harbor, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    + unique plant environment and roles + great coworkers + decent pay for given location

    Cons

    - very challenging advancement path - outages require 72 hour weeks for at least a month out of every 2 years - company's relatively poor market position and finances which lead to small raises that lag COLA

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining young talent as experienced individuals continue to retire. Compensation practices may need to be improved to entice younger workers to stay.


  2. Lineman

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lineman
    Current Employee - Lineman

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, good coworkers. Tony Alexander is no longer CEO. Hopefully Chuck Jones turns this company around.

    Cons

    I believed there are to many bosses (upper management), supervisors (foreman) are to young and have to little knowledge and people skills.

    Advice to Management

    You have the work management pyramid upside down. Get rid of your boys club.


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    Call center operator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Good health care plan, dental, vision. Good work environment. Decent hours if the weather is ok. Easy access from major highways.

    Cons

    Training program is sub-par. I have never seen employee retention at such a poor level at any employer I have ever worked for. It seems to run like a revolving door without ever thinking about retention.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of always bringing in new classes of trainees, try and figure out why employees are leaving in the first place, it would save a lot of money and time in the end.


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  5. RDO, Outage Evaluation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RDO Outage Tech in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - RDO Outage Tech in Morristown, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Salaries, Convenient location, Physical environment was good, Good HR

    Cons

    Management (some, not all) can make unreasonable demands

    Advice to Management

    Tell employees what needs to be done, then listen.


  6. Engineer II

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    It is a very good job

    Cons

    There are not many cons


  7. Good Company,Good People

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    As the title says, Good Company, Good People.

    Cons

    Be ready to work. Simple as that.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Nuclear Engineer

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with some very intelligent, yet friendly people. Compensation is decent for the area and benefits aren't horrendous. Work can be complex and interesting.

    Cons

    Company is struggling to pay off debts, let alone turn an appreciable profit due to an ill-advised reliance on coal generation. This is leading to an increasingly understaffed workforce in all groups. Training is sub-par and work can be monotonous due to administrative burdens. Senior management struggles to adapt to changing market conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Attempt to find ways to innovate in these tough market conditions. Trying to maintain the status quo when your head is already below water is not a path to a successful future.


  9. Good place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FirstEnergy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and management. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive with the market.


  10. Good Place to Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent pay. Some areas of expertise (salary) have an easier path for promotion than others.

    Cons

    Coal powered energy taking a beating from the Federal Government.


  11. Nuclear Operator in Training

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Operator In Training in Shippingport, PA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Operator In Training in Shippingport, PA

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of money with the amount of overtime. Good benefits and employee compensation

    Cons

    Work a lot of hours on shift work. Hard to balance life and work



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