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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. "Good Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Reactor Engineer in Perry, OH
    Current Employee - Nuclear Reactor Engineer in Perry, OH
    Recommends

    Pros

    Best people I ever worked for.
    Lots of guys retiring over the next 10 years...lots of room for advancement
    Management always willing to help and answer questions

    Cons

    The pay is under industry average. Its good money for single kids fresh out of college, but if you have a family...your not saving any money...and could barely afford a house

    Advice to Management

    The management is very good at First Energy


  2. "Co-Op experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Engineer - Co-Op in Shippingport, PA
    Former Employee - Technical Engineer - Co-Op in Shippingport, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People were very friendly and helpful
    Hourly wage was competitive compared to other companies
    Safety was very important in the plant environment

    Cons

    The fossil generation side is not hiring much due to the increased restrictions the government is placing on environmental regulations

    Advice to Management

    Work together between the different teams in the plant


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate"

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fair compared to the regon. The office is professional. It is nice to work in an office filled with good people.

    Cons

    FirstEnergy can require a lot of overtime. Overtime can require a lot of weekend face time. FirstEnergy does not always acknowledge the extra effort.


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  5. "Good experience. Liked the company, but management needs to change."

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

    Pros

    Flexible.
    Large enterprise experience.
    Large data center environments.

    Cons

    Management seems to feel employees should be thankful to have jobs. They should create more incentives for employees to stay with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees. It is difficult to find good ones.


  6. "FirstEnergy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst IV in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst IV in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary and benefits. Nice office space

    Cons

    they are trying to do too much with too little. Keep cutting staff to make earnings


  7. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, great team environment

    Cons

    Employees have to pay high insurance premiums


  8. "An interesting Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Control Room Operator-Drum/Rovering Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Control Room Operator-Drum/Rovering Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people that I worked with. Interesting work that a lot of people would not understand and unusual circumstances. I am now retired.

    Cons

    The biggest Con was working rotating shifts, changing shifts every seven days, working weekends, and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and respect the people that work for you. There experience speaks volumes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent management, but slow-moving, risk-averse business and industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Technical Specialist in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - IT Technical Specialist in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They hire top-notch people so you will almost always work with others who are talented and motivated. Most groups are excellent at managing complex projects and there is almost nothing that intimidates the leaders who have navigated difficult things in the past. Pay is competitive and there are typically good opportunities for motivated people to advance.

    Cons

    Its a place where the focus is literally keeping the lights on. You're not likely to be at the bleeding edge of any discipline while working at FE. It's primarily about risk management and choosing the solution that solves the problem with the lowest potential impact. The company itself has a more traditional culture, although some groups are trying to change that and are accepting of more flexible and contemporary policies and management styles. Still, it can be a bit stifling at times and the general practice is to follow what has worked in the past rather than try something completely new.

    Advice to Management

    This is a well managed company. I almost never encountered a leader that didn't have a great deal of knowledge, experience, and insight to offer. Most managers are generally good to work with and for. It's rare to find someone who's not cut out for their role as a leader. The only advice I would have is to make sure to keep talented employees engaged in challenging work and offer them the opportunity to continually expand their roles and responsibilities.


  10. "Good environment. Very good benefits. Great people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Business Analyst in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Staff Business Analyst in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Interesting, dynamic industry.

    Cons

    Nepotism runs rampant. More focused on pleasing Wall Street than employees or customers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "FirstEnergy can offer real opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked with and learned from a lot of great and talented people. Opportunities for exposure to other departments, job responsibilities are available.

    Cons

    Somewhat unpredictable due to the nature of the utility industry. Periodic restructuring, reorganization is not uncommon.
    Company is pretty conservative, again that is found a lot w/in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Respect everyone, not just those who are "connected."


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