FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Good experience. Liked the company, but management needs to change.

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Corporate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    Compensation is fair compared to the regon. The office is professional. It is nice to work in an office filled with good people.

    Cons

    FirstEnergy can require a lot of overtime. Overtime can require a lot of weekend face time. FirstEnergy does not always acknowledge the extra effort.

    Approves of CEO
  3. Co-Op experience

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    Former Employee - Technical Engineer - Co-Op in Shippingport, PA
    Former Employee - Technical Engineer - Co-Op in Shippingport, PA

    I worked at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    People were very friendly and helpful
    Hourly wage was competitive compared to other companies
    Safety was very important in the plant environment

    Cons

    The fossil generation side is not hiring much due to the increased restrictions the government is placing on environmental regulations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work together between the different teams in the plant

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nuclear Reactor Engineer in Perry, OH
    Current Employee - Nuclear Reactor Engineer in Perry, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    Best people I ever worked for.
    Lots of guys retiring over the next 10 years...lots of room for advancement
    Management always willing to help and answer questions

    Cons

    The pay is under industry average. Its good money for single kids fresh out of college, but if you have a family...your not saving any money...and could barely afford a house

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is very good at First Energy

    Recommends
  6. 3 years In

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    FirstEnergy allows a good balance between work / home when needed. Pay is competitive. There is a lot of freedom to do what you can, get the job donie the best way which makes it more enjoyable.

    Cons

    It is a very lareg company which sometimes makes you feel like a 'number' instead of a person. Sometimes I question the opportunity to advance,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to come 'down to the working persons level' once in a while. understand day to day jobs and what we actualy do...te 'physical labor' end of the company. Not bean counters

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. Overall Good Place

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Representative in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Representative in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    The pay at FirstEnergy is more than other area companies. Employees are encouraged to "move up the ladder" through promotions and lateral moves, which is very appealing to a younger audience. Feedback on job performance is thorough and is given at least twice a year. Overall, its a good place to start or develop a career.

    Cons

    Parking is limited at the Corporate Office (although steps have been taken recently to improve). Management tends to have an "alarmist" viewpoint. Even though goals are met and even exceeded, they will paint a gloomy picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that Senior Management be more open with employees and communicate honestly with them. Sometimes, I can't help but feel that they are not telling the truth.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. FirstEnergy - overall not a bad place to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Systems Operation Specialist in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - IT Systems Operation Specialist in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    It's a large company, so plenty of other departments, managers, locations to go if you don't like your current manager, position, or location. The compensation is good compared to jobs in smaller companies. (Not sure how it rates compared to other large companies.) Benefits are excellent compared to most companies I'm familiar with, other than exceptions such as Google.

    Cons

    The typical ones found in a large company: bureaucracy, sometimes stifling. However, this varies a lot based on your manager, department, position, and reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. Good benefits, choose your manager carefully

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - IT BUS Specialist in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - IT BUS Specialist in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Systems Operations Specialist in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - IT Systems Operations Specialist in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to gain access to required resources.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. Depends

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    People generally are nice and some are pretty talented.

    Cons

    If you don't know the right people it doesn't matter about the quality of your work or your skills, you probably won't get promoted, at least for a very long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talent happy, which means reward those who have been doing the job effectively for a long time. Don't give promotions to 'favorites', promote those who know the job and do it well.

    No opinion of CEO

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