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FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay for an internship program (in 16 reviews)

  • Employes receive good treatment good benefits and excellent pay (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance, forced overtime, very bad management (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours -- there is no work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Company that promotes within.

    Cons

    Salary. You get what you pay for.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay


  2. "Planning Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planning Engineer
    Former Employee - Planning Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very family oriented.

    Cons

    Interviewing process is very slow

    Advice to Management

    Speed up interviewing process.


  3. "Good to their employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good vacation time for new employees, paternity leave for new fathers and impressive flex time schedules. CEO truly cares for the employees.

    Cons

    There are not any cons at this time. Leadership does everything they can to take care of employees at every level.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. "Great Company to Have a Career At"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transmission Systems Operator in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Transmission Systems Operator in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work environment, with excellent resources and a very encouraging team atmosphere. Employee pay is very good, and seems to be very competitive to the industry. Also benefits are great (despite what older employees might claim as they had even better benefits at one point).

    Cons

    Most of the positions are high stress positions, that require excellent attention to detail and an understanding of complex subject matter. Due to the nature of the work, many job responsibilities or tools are in constant flux. The electric system itself is very dynamic and it requires people in the power industry to be very excellent at dynamic problem solving.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be that management should take more advice from employees performing essential job functions when considering upgrades to tools or systems.

    Operator input on transmission projects in planning for instance, would go a long way to help address the disconnect that sometimes exist between design practicality and necessity.

    Overall, this "open to suggestions" culture has been really excellent with regards to safety culture. It could be another strong benefit that will ultimately improve performance of the system and employee morale. My experience with management at FE has always been positive and that's really the only suggestion I have.


  6. "Great place to work and have a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly enviroment, Fantastic benefits, good management

    Cons

    interview process was very long


  7. "Could not ask for a better place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Flexwork from home, competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Continual reorganization leaves environment a bit unsettled.


  8. "FirstEnergy is a good place to work, but is not without its flaws."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Systems Operations Specialist in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - IT Systems Operations Specialist in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Make it easier to gain access to required resources.


  9. "Good benefits, choose your manager carefully"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT BUS Specialist in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - IT BUS Specialist in Akron, OH
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. "FirstEnergy - overall not a bad place to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Systems Operation Specialist in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - IT Systems Operation Specialist in Akron, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    None.


  11. "Overall Good Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Representative in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Representative in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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