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. great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerk in Shippingport, PA
    Current Employee - Clerk in Shippingport, PA

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    pay's great - lots of long time employees - great opportunities for young people - lots of potential for the right person

    Cons

    long hours - good opportunities for former military especially US Navy nukes - located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey


  2. FirstEnergy is a reputable company with growth opportunities for those willing to work smart and hard.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    FirstEnergy has competitive benefits and they consistently pay out incentive compensation bonus.

    Cons

    FirstEnergy, like many utilities, is structured and does not allow much room for creativity.

    Advice to Management

    When employees are promoted out of order, or given preferential treatment, it is obvious to the rest of the Corporation, which takes the motivation and drive out of employees.


  3. Security shift supervisor

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supervising people can bee rewarding and the money its great

    Cons

    No cons except favoritism among men.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to all your workers. Don't reward employees using the good old boy approach.


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  5. Strong management, Great Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family friendly, team atmosphere, interesting work...quality of life in Akron area

    Cons

    Reduced benefits the last few years


  6. Good place to work if you're willing to do the work and stay late

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people I've ever met, Everyone's willing to help each other.

    Cons

    Long hours, everyone seems like they work at least 10 hours a day, technology's really outdated, hard to keep up with workload


  7. 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


  8. Great place to work and have a career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    Friendly enviroment, Fantastic benefits, good management

    Cons

    interview process was very long


  9. Could not ask for a better place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexwork from home, competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Continual reorganization leaves environment a bit unsettled.


  10. FirstEnergy is a good place to work, but is not without its flaws.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Systems Operations Specialist in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - IT Systems Operations Specialist in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits include 401(k) with employer matching (up to 6 percent). Additional 6% employer matching based on corporate objectives. There are many great opportunities for advancement. Because this company has had deficiencies in certain areas in the past that have had a major negative impact, it has worked hard to turn its image around. FirstEnergy now is beginning to be a leader in corporate implementation of Information Technologies. There are other areas that were turned around in a similar manner. Opportunities exist all over FirstEnergy.

    Cons

    Sometimes too structured. Separation of duties makes it difficult to get access to resources (access to systems and facilities).

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to gain access to required resources.


  11. Good benefits, choose your manager carefully

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT BUS Specialist in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - IT BUS Specialist in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package - 401K, Pension, Insurance, Time Off

    Cons

    Old school mentality, can be a Good Ol' Boys network, expect long hours. Your work environment is very dependent on your reporting structure

    Advice to Management

    Consistency across managers and an environment where promotions and praise are based on work rather than relationships would go a long way.



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