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FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated October 30, 2017
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Pros
  • The company generally has good people, good pay and good benefits (in 19 reviews)

  • Employes receive good treatment good benefits and excellent pay (in 17 reviews)

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

  • No work life balance, forced overtime, very bad management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Things are changing, so good, so not so good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reactor Operator
    Current Employee - Reactor Operator
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good bonuses, great people, 401k and pension, excellent safety culture

    Cons

    Overly intrusive oversight programs, natural gas is killing electrical generation


  2. "Grass isn't always greener on the other side"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

    Pros

    Health care benefits are good. Vacation time a plus. My department is awesome!

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes a while to change departments without relocating

  3. "Great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    They are very demanding of a person's time above and beyond reasonable use.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of demanding a person be immediately available 24/7/365, devise a duty schedule for employees so there is more predictability to off-hours call-ins.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrician/Mechanic in Penn, PA
    Current Employee - Electrician/Mechanic in Penn, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

    Pros

    Overtime is fairly plentiful as long as you like being forced to work it. And it always seems to come at inconvenient times.

    Cons

    Management is severely lacking in professionalism and experience. Almost no job structure. They want everyone to perform any craft at any time. Sometimes u can't take an iron worker and make them an electrician in 15 min.

    Advice to Management

    Classify work accordingly. Do not pretend every job is an emergency. Get technical support that can communicate and supply relevant information.


  6. "Mixed Thoughts"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Perry, OH
    Current Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Perry, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money is good, benefits are decent, don't usually work to hard.

    Cons

    Forced overtime, meaningless policies and procedures, not much work life balance, Non-union, management and supervision can do as they please.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on the core mission, justifying your salary by creating useless and obsurd policy and procedures to make up for the mistakes of perhaps two percent of the Officers only serves to lower the moral of the section.


  7. "It's good work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

    Pros

    I get plenty of exercise, it's easy, I'm in a union, I get benefits for myself and my wife. It's good work. I worked in maintenance for a cable company before this for nine years and didn't like it.

    Cons

    I put a lot of miles on my car, but I bought a fuel efficient vehicle for this job. There are dogs in nearly every backyard and it's very scary sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice to give. first energy treats me well and I have no issues with management. the union helps keep everything balanced and in check.

  8. "Great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Employee in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I like the staff and the environment that is focused on providing quality services to millions of great American men and women. The work was very fulfilling.

    Cons

    Akron isn't the greatest place to live.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Hard work pays off!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Nuclear Security Officer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Perry, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Perry, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and plenty of opportunity to earn even more if you do not mind working a ton of overtime

    Cons

    No work life balance, forced overtime, very bad management. Seemed like they changed the ridiculous rules every two weeks

    Advice to Management

    They need to start valuing their employees more and stop taking themselves so seriously. Management acted like employees were peasants who should bow down and thank them for letting them keep their jobs every day.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nuclear Engineer II"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent power experience that help you in other industries.

    Cons

    They will push you to try and sign off on projects that have the potential to harm the plant. A lot of people in management as far as supervisors and managers go in design are "yes men" and don't care at all about their employees. They'll throw you under the bus. They won't fire the corrupt and shady people due to limited loyalty so I'd stay away from this place.

    Everything is 30 years old including the office. They never clean so be prepared to get sick a lot, I never had allergies until I started working there. The plant goes down a lot so you'll have to give up your weekends and expect no bonus. The incentive bonus program is a sham as you never see it because the nuke sites are always shutting down for something. The pay is low. Morale is always low because they don't even provide the very basics to make any employee happy. Benefits aren't good.


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