FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Busy, but rewarding...

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (2)

    FirstEnergy can offer real opportunities

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    • 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 10 years)

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

    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 Management

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

  3. Good environment. Very good benefits. Great people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Business Analyst in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Staff Business Analyst in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people. Interesting, dynamic industry.

    Cons

    Nepotism runs rampant. More focused on pleasing Wall Street than employees or customers.

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  5. Very Professional

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

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

    Pros

    Current department and leadership are top notch - very welcoming and offer up help if needed!

    Cons

    Compensation is below average based on research

  6. Excellent management, but slow-moving, risk-averse business and industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Technical Specialist in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - IT Technical Specialist in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They hire top-notch people so you will almost always work with others who are talented and motivated. Most groups are excellent at managing complex projects and there is almost nothing that intimidates the leaders who have navigated difficult things in the past. Pay is competitive and there are typically good opportunities for motivated people to advance.

    Cons

    Its a place where the focus is literally keeping the lights on. You're not likely to be at the bleeding edge of any discipline while working at FE. It's primarily about risk management and choosing the solution that solves the problem with the lowest potential impact. The company itself has a more traditional culture, although some groups are trying to change that and are accepting of more flexible and contemporary policies and management styles. Still, it can be a bit stifling at times and the general practice is to follow what has worked in the past rather than try something completely new.

    Advice to Management

    This is a well managed company. I almost never encountered a leader that didn't have a great deal of knowledge, experience, and insight to offer. Most managers are generally good to work with and for. It's rare to find someone who's not cut out for their role as a leader. The only advice I would have is to make sure to keep talented employees engaged in challenging work and offer them the opportunity to continually expand their roles and responsibilities.

  7. An interesting Career

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Control Room Operator-Drum/Rovering Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Control Room Operator-Drum/Rovering Operator in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people that I worked with. Interesting work that a lot of people would not understand and unusual circumstances. I am now retired.

    Cons

    The biggest Con was working rotating shifts, changing shifts every seven days, working weekends, and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and respect the people that work for you. There experience speaks volumes.

  8. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    Great people, great team environment

    Cons

    Employees have to pay high insurance premiums

  9. FirstEnergy

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

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

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

    Pros

    good salary and benefits. Nice office space

    Cons

    they are trying to do too much with too little. Keep cutting staff to make earnings

  10. Great company to work for in the Akron area

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

    I worked at FirstEnergy

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and good benefits, employees tend to me moved around the company when the want to be, and there are always opportunities to move up in a large company like FirstEnergy.

    Cons

    As with all companies, selection for some positions in the company is not necessarily based on the quality of work one does.

  11. Great learning experience and has potential for unique projects/opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Engineer

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Projects are challenging and unique
    Flexible work schedule
    Fun people to work with
    You choose how to advance your career
    Lots of individual work

    Cons

    Compensation is less than desired
    No recognition for IT Certifications
    Employee tenure is favored over competancy
    No current plan to build/develop employee skills - IT is a rapidly changing environment and staggnant companies will lose their competitive advantage if they do not change/adapt

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee's concerns and seriously consider our needs/wants
    Need future vision of where Network Architecture will be in 5/10yrs
    Praise employee development and reward innovation
    Promotions should be merit based

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