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FirstEnergy Electrical Engineer Reviews

Updated May 9, 2019

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  1. "Engineering Responsibilities"

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    Current Contractor - Electrical Engineer in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FirstEnergy for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Company Culture for real

    Cons

    Not Diverse at all, nope

    Advice to Management

    Treat Contractors as humans

    FirstEnergy2019-05-10
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Old-fashioned utility constantly cutting costs. Decent co-workers and pay & benefits are good for Ohio."

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is pretty good for corporate positions. Job security is high for core utility T&D functions. Easy to get to know many co-workers due to slim staffing across the board.

    Cons

    Bad luck on the generation side & poor management decisions led to many cut-backs and low morale; much knowledge was lost through early retirements and not replaced. Top executives are lifers who have their head in the sand regarding climate change, EPA regulations, and other changes coming to the utility industry. Many workers are bitter as a result of various mergers over the years and perceived downward trajectory of the company. Northeast Ohio leaves a little to be desired, due to the negativity of the people there and poor weather.

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in workers through training & development opportunities. Show appreciation for workers to improve retention, or at least hire some people. Strive to promote more qualified leaders and not just workaholics. Bring in outside talent to provide new perspectives and refresh the stagnant organization.

    FirstEnergy2015-03-19
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Poor planning, poor budgeting, poor project managment, poor standards & design, poor construction, horrible managment..."

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with the same people as I did with my previous company and working with the same standards and practices as my previous company, before the hostile takeover.

    Cons

    FirstEnergy and their "legacy-Ohio-Edison-is-the-best-thing-since-sliced-bread-so-do-what-we-do-because-we-are-too-simple-to-even-think-about-adopting-others'-standards-and-practices" attitude and approach. Cut safety corners and budgets. Zero flexibility. Pile more work on before hiring more people. Waste government money on rediculous amounts of unnecessary contractors because of family ties with that firm, instead of hiring empoyees. They wait until the last minute to spend all their money. They paid less per position than the company they took over so they were upset they didn't get the same salaries. Did I mention they pay below market rate, when you consider their market extends from west most Ohio, to the east coast of New Jersey, and down to the very south of West Virginia, they pretty much set the market rate.

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    Advice to Management

    Adopt some standards and practices from your individual companies standards. Dont lie to your employees. Be more respectful to your employees, specifically to your drafters, because you are not better than they are and they are people too.

    FirstEnergy2015-03-13
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Cutting Costs"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fairmont, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice office to work in. Had a good direct supervisor.

    Cons

    Upper management is a confusing chain with VPs reporting to Presdents that reported to VPs. Alot of politics and management at manager level was too hands off and removed from projects. Benefits of employees kept getting cut and right after they layed off some IT folks they bought the naming rights to the Cleveland Browns Stadium for a cool couple mil. Upper management does not care about employees or their workload, Many people have left and they rarely replace just distribute work to those who are still there.

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    Advice to Management

    Trim the management and hire more productive workers. Too many chiefs not enough indians.

    FirstEnergy2013-05-29
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