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Updated February 18, 2018
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Pros
  • The company generally has good people, good pay and good benefits (in 19 reviews)

  • Pretty good benefits including bonus (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Odd work hours and abundance of overtime makes it very challenging to have any sort of work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • The real upper management is in Akron, if you want to be a Director it's awfully hard if your in a satellite office (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Solid company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits salary and vacation are awesome. Technology savvy! Diverse employer with many job options.Fairly solid company with a strong CEO!

    Cons

    Good ole boys club! Your opinion doesn’t mater unless your in the click! Advancement is not always because of your skill and knowledge. Room for advancement is slim.

    Advice to Management

    STOP THE GOOD OLE BOY CLUBS !!! It benefits no one. People are placed in positions of moderate power that haven’t a clue about the trade! Diversity is fine and well, buy placing some one in a position because of race or gender is not responsible!


  2. "Best job environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Secur in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - IT Secur in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to grow in this company is limitless.
    Management uses common-sense when making business decisions.
    Management is flexible with the employees still pursuing degrees.
    Camaraderie is top-notch.
    The work environment is very healthy.
    Management identifies those with strengths and enables them to hone their craft.

    Cons

    The hours are constantly moving and the shift from Day to Night shift is constant. As a former military member I really do not have a problem with this, but it seems to be the biggest complaint.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on the track that they are on and they will have a happy and motivated workforce.

  3. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits and pay. I am personally not micro managed and am allowed to be judged based on deliverables.

    Cons

    Corporate culture can be difficult to advance thru


  4. "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Advanced Specialist in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Advanced Specialist in Akron, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High pay
    Don't have to work much and no one seems to care

    Cons

    Constant reorgs
    No viable strategic vision
    Poor management


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Paradigm of what’s wrong with corporate America"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time

    Pros

    Fair pay. Fairly stable company. Vacation policy is pretty good. Work can be very interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Politics mean more than ability. Too much power and greed at the top. Health benefits are awful. If your boss can’t find something wrong with your performance, he/she will manufacture something to ding you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, but listen to understand, don’t listen to respond. Remember, employees are emotional beings, not emotionless machines. Dealing with management is very, very frustrating. Lip service is alive and well at FE.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Weak culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

    Pros

    Promotions from within. Willing to help learn.

    Cons

    Aging workforce. No investment in workforce development. Low ceiling.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on company culture. Increase hiring, especially of recent grads. It would boost sharing of ideas and a new look at an old industry.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not much room for growth unless you know somebody"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is good. Everyday is diferent. Generally good people to work with. Pretty good benefits including bonus

    Cons

    No life, no voice. Promotions based on the "who you know" or who you golf with. Company is behind the curve with regards to latest trends.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to front line supervision.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Solid company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay
    flexibility with schedules
    Holiday pay amongst other benefits
    Good leadership
    Company gives you the ability to advance within
    Company is getting better at recognizing the work you put in

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals at times

    Being on call 24/7-365 can have its disadvantages if you have a family. For those that want to make money, it’s a good thing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Micro-managing their way out of good associates."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vendor Specialist in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Vendor Specialist in Akron, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance
    Compensation and Benefits
    Annual bonus

    Cons

    Sr. Leadership micro-manages subordinates
    No communication from leadership down
    Growth opportunities are scarce

    Advice to Management

    Respect your associates and allow them to grow by performing their role.


  10. "Substation Design Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Work/Life Balance is great
    -Job Security and 401k
    -Lots of exciting problems to Solve
    -Great first job after College to get immersed in the Power Industry.
    -The Senior Supervisors are willing to teach you if you ask the right questions.
    -Once in a lifetime projects for the next few years.
    -The people are great, smart knowledgeable, and from all walks of life.
    -Learn how a Fortune 200 Company Functions

    Cons

    -Slow moving to get a promotion even with significant increase in job responsibilities.
    -The real upper management is in Akron, if you want to be a Director it's awfully hard if your in a satellite office.
    -Dates, Schedules, Work Hours are always in flux for the good and the bad.
    -Lots of moving parts and it's easy to get lost in the system.

    Advice to Management

    Get younger engineers involved in the process of making decisions. Lessons learned need to be recorded and shared between departments. If you don’t acknowledge mistakes they become lost opportunities to learn. Keep up the changes I think Apex can really bring a new future to a great company.


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