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FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
113 Reviews
3.1
113 Reviews
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FirstEnergy President, CEO and Director Anthony J. Alexander
Anthony J. Alexander
66 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 is a confusing chain with VPs reporting to Presdents that reported to VPs (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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)

    Pros

    Great people. Interesting, dynamic industry.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Professional

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

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation is below average based on research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An interesting Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    FirstEnergy

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    • 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)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for in the Akron area

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FirstEnergy

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning experience and has potential for unique projects/opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Engineer

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Rewarding

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

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    People can be too complacent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be candid with employees. Don't sugarcoat the message.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience. Liked the company, but management needs to change.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Field Operations Specialist in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - IT Field Operations Specialist in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    Flexible.
    Large enterprise experience.
    Large data center environments.

    Cons

    Management seems to feel employees should be thankful to have jobs. They should create more incentives for employees to stay with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees. It is difficult to find good ones.

    No opinion of CEO

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