FirstEnergy - Don't do it | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, employee gym, pay

    Cons

    I worked for one of FirstEnergy's nuclear generating stations for over six years. While I am grateful for my experience, after being gone for over three years and switching to a completely different industry I can confidently say that I would not recommend working here. First, get ready for loads of bureaucracy. You have to jump through hoops upon hoops to get anything done. Money is scarce. Management is top heavy. New ideas are not considered nor even encouraged. The industry has failed to innovate in the last 40 years. Heavy regulations have squashed any room for it. Unless the problem will shut down the plant, good luck getting money to fix it. I saw the writing on the wall the last few years I was there, which is why I jumped ship. A little over a year after I leave FE announces they are shutting down all their nuclear plants. Surprise surprise. When I was there it was a toxic work environment. No one seemed to like their job. You are treated like a number and expected to comply with any and all directives from upper management. Get ready for 72 hour work weeks during refueling outages and getting called in on your off days to deal with urgent issues. The unions make things worse. It's nearly impossible to get anything done as most (not all) of the union workers are lazy. However, if you try to take initiative to get things done, the union is there waiting to file a grievance on you. I once had a Reactor Operator have a meltdown on me while he was on shift in the control room. Yes, you read that right - this happened while he was supposed to be operating a nuclear reactor. When I went to HR about it, it got swept under the rug as they didn't want to disturb the union. There is no room for advancement beyond supervisor level unless you want to obtain your Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) license, which entails multiple years of shift work in the control room.

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    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation for your employees. Advance people based on results rather than playing favorites. Encourage new ideas. Embrace change. Stand up for your people. Start doing the right thing.

    FirstEnergy2019-03-16
  1. "Good experience"

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    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    Great environment, Good pay, Good experience

    Cons

    Location, HR is slow, old generation

    FirstEnergy2019-10-01
  2. "Great company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great management and great employees

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    FirstEnergy2019-12-27

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