FirstEnergy
3.0 of 5 90 reviews
www.firstenergycorp.com Akron, OH 5000+ Employees

FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated Apr 03, 2014
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3.0 90 reviews

                             

55% Approve of the CEO

FirstEnergy President, CEO and Director Anthony J. Alexander

Anthony J. Alexander

(56 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good pay, fairly good benefits, a lot of good people"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Good pay and benefits, no pressure to work overtime, good sense of work life balance and normally promote from within"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-Life balance does not exist here"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Upper Management does not engage employees to have a voice into the success of the company as a whole"
    in 5 reviews
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Pays the bills but it sucks the life out of you.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FirstEnergy

ProsGood people for the most part,

ConsThe organization as a whole

Advice to Senior ManagementFire people who are deserving, keeping them around makes other less satisfied with their jobs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fourteen Years

Nuclear Specialist (Current Employee)
Shippingport, PA (US)

I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood pay, fairly good benefits, a lot of good people. I have had the opportunity to work on a lot of important projects. FirstEnergy has a lot of money available to them, and when necessary, they take actions to improve their generating stations.

ConsSome managers are focused but others have been very incompetent, bull headed, and very difficult to deal with. Some management decisions have been very poor, and for some projects, a lack of implementation and training after "go live". FirstEnergy tends to just "throw things" at the employees, and let them deal with the issues that result.

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage their employees to build teams based on systems that are common across the fleet. In some cases, corporate support for some nuclear departments is non-existent, and this needs to be addressed at a high level.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A good place to work

Manager (Former Employee)
Akron, OH (US)

I worked at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood pay and benefits, no pressure to work overtime, good sense of work life balance and normally promote from within

ConsToo much emphasis on who you know as opposed to what you know. Not the easiest place to get integrated into the culture for experienced personnel

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Decent Co-op Program

Engineering Co-op (Former Employee)
Shippingport, PA (US)

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

ProsWorked in a nuclear plant. Got lots of cool experience. Pay is very good for a co-op and is based off your year in school and experience. If you show some initiative you'll have a much better overall experience.

ConsEveryone seems miserable in the plant. Tons of paperwork. Overly bureaucratic--but I think this comes with the territory (i.e. the nuclear power industry).

Advice to Senior ManagementGive the co-ops more structured and larger projects--allow them to flesh these projects out over their term. If you just five them spreadsheet/office work the co-ops will be miserable. After all, the whole point is to potentially recruit them, isn't it?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Improvements Needed to Increase Productivity

Supervisor (Current Employee)
Akron, OH (US)

I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood pay, pressure is not overwhelming most of the time, good facilities, bigger city job in a small city, easy commute.

ConsOlder male dominated top level management; Many policies are not well thought out and hinder efficient operations; Still struggling and slow at adopting and employing new technologies; Management doesn't listen well, and is out of touch with the front line workings.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to others with experience, and employ lessons learned from others instead of making mistakes on your own. There is significant room for process improvements across the system.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Really nice people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

ProsThe people are very nice and great to work with

Consunless you are willing to relocate, it is very difficult to get professional growth

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lineman

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe only pros I see is the fact the the union is semi strong and keeps getting the union employees raises. They seem to treat us right also because of the union.

ConsUpper management needs to open their eyes and actually get off their high horses and get back to cherishing its employees instead of looking at us like a number. First Energy has gotten to big for their britches.

Advice to Senior ManagementSee Cons

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time

ProsCaring management, great coworkers, nice environment

ConsOld-school mentality when it comes to promoting and developing young talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Strong management, Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFamily friendly, team atmosphere, interesting work...quality of life in Akron area

ConsReduced benefits the last few years

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A good place to work

Nuclear Engineer III (Former Employee)
Shippingport, PA (US)

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

ProsSteady employment with nice benefits

ConsOn the downslope not sure were the bottom will be.

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