FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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FirstEnergy President, CEO and Director Anthony J. Alexander
Anthony J. Alexander
78 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. Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Morgantown, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FirstEnergy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Leaned a lot just from being exposed to the industry.

    Cons

    Unorganized, no clear objective other than to take initiative.


  2. First energy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Journeyman Lineman Chief in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Journeyman Lineman Chief in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job is personally fulfilling results oriented good pay and safe working conditions

    Cons

    Poor benefits, no overtime, and no trust in its employees even those who enjoy their jobs


  3. Life in a Firstenergy Fossil Plant

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    Former Employee - Various Technical and Maintenance Supervicion Positions in Shippingport, PA
    Former Employee - Various Technical and Maintenance Supervicion Positions in Shippingport, PA

    Pros

    OK pay for the areas the plants are located

    Cons

    Bleak future, Zero work life balance, Little advancement oppurtunity in the coal plants, Not enough people, No back up to help you when need it. (you are often stuck there till its fixed)

    Advice to Management

    De-Nuclearize the coal plants before its too late !!! All the nuke programs and procedures without all the nuke money, people, and resources do not and will not work. Its takes more time and effort to make the BS plant metrics look good than it does to run the plant. Keep the coal people in the coal plants and the nuke people in the nuke plants.


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  5. Contracting Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Consistent hours and pay rate

    Cons

    No health benefits or health insurance


  6. Working at FENOC and Beaver Valley Power Station.

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    Current Employee - Management in Shippingport, PA
    Current Employee - Management in Shippingport, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people at FENOC and Beaver Valley are the best! Very supportive and professional. Safety culture is very good at the plant. Management supports the workforce (professional) with good resources. Pay is competitive with other plants.

    Cons

    With the workforce getting older, it is a challenge keeping jobs filled.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more help for the plant, training and the engineering department.


  7. Helpful (2)

    hard to like FE

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    Current Employee - Distribution Specialist
    Current Employee - Distribution Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job security, peers in local offices are largely good people to work with. You only work 40 hours a week in my job title (unless bad storms come through), but this increases stress because more than 40 hours are needed to keep up with workload put upon us. Annual bonuses are nice, but are used in lieu of good raises to keep salaries down over time.

    Cons

    Salary is at the low end of competitive, especially if you live in an expensive area. Benefits deteriorate a little more each year. Your career will move forward very slowly unless you leapfrog and apply for jobs outside your group. There is little incentive to over perform, as nearly everyone is rated "average" on the bell curve review process (by definition). Customer service is steady deteriorating because of staffing levels, placing great stress on front line employees who work with the public regularly. Technology is antiquated, or on a shoestring budget if newer tech, both hampering production. Too many levels of management leads to chronic micro-management.

    Advice to Management

    They don't want advice. Save your breath, your little worker bee thoughts couldn't possibly be of value.


  8. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Lineman

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    Current Employee - Lineman
    Current Employee - Lineman
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. RDO, Outage Evaluation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RDO Outage Tech in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - RDO Outage Tech in Morristown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Call center operator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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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