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4.9 of 5 stars

Basic Nuclear operations and systems training
Akron, OH | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Exposure to professional environment


Downers

Doing these surveys


Advice to Potential Interns

Get organized and try hard


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Really beneficial and rewarding.
Akron, OH | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Job role and culture.


Downers

RAAD request.


Advice to Potential Interns

Experience.


Sample Interview Questions

"What do you know about ASAs?"


Advice to Management

Provide more resources and online training for products that we support.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

FirstEnergy: From Intern to Retiree
Akron, OH | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The amount of time and effort the company put into making sure the interns were provided opportunities to succeed at work and socialize outside.


Downers

The onboarding process could be streamlined with regards to quickly getting into the workflow.


Advice to Potential Interns

Never be afraid to ask questions. The people here are always willing to help and to ensure you have a good experience.


Sample Interview Questions

Many questions geared towards past work in groups.


Advice to Management

Consider moving the training more towards the start of the internship rather than 3 weeks in.


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5.0 of 5 stars

Great opportunity to learn hands-on, something you simply cannot learn in a classroom.
Pittsburgh, PA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I was thrown into the mix immediately which is how I learn rather than being told to read a book and learn that way. I was doing things similar to what the other DSA's were doing (not as demanding) on the first day I had access to everything that I needed to do my job.


Downers

The company is still trying to get over the merger they experienced a few years back and that is evident because the company is not always as organized as it should be. Communication is average at best throughout the company. It was sometimes hard to do our jobs as DSA's because it was hard to get others to communicate with you.


Advice to Potential Interns

I would definitely suggest FirstEnergy as a company based on what I learned, the compensation, and location of the company in comparison to my house. It was a great learning experience, and other than the communication problems, the company really helped me take the next step forward in my search for a full-time job.


Sample Interview Questions

Similar to any other company, they ask a lot of scenario questions (i.e. What would you do in this situation or that situation...?) along with questions about my strengths and weaknesses. They also asked where I see myself in so many years and so on. Typical interview questions that you will see with almost any company that you interview with.


Advice to Management

Communication has to improve throughout the company. There also has to be some sort of punishment when things go wrong, rather than just pushing it aside and pretending it never happened. There were things that happened during my time with the company that really made the DSA's jobs harder and no one ever seemed to be punished for what they did. Not saying anything drastic, but the issue definitely needs to be addressed.


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5.0 of 5 stars

Incredible Learning Experience
Other (US) | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The position was very hands-on and I was always busy. I was given responsibilities rather than just doing intern work.


Downers

I enjoyed every aspect of the co-op.


Advice to Potential Interns

The co-op program at First Energy was the greatest imaginable learning experience. The employees go out of their way to answer questions and show you new things around the plant constantly.


Sample Interview Questions

There were a lot of questions about working in groups or teams and taking initiative. There were a lot of questions that involved using experiences to explain an answer.


Advice to Management

A more promising opportunity for full-time employment after graduation.


Would You Recommend

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5.0 of 5 stars

Fun, enjoyable, and helpful learning experience
Reading, PA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people and work


Downers

can be very quiet some days.


Advice to Potential Interns

Be able to communicate with people


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

A decent internship with good pay and people
Akron, OH | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people and the work you get can be pretty interesting sometimes.


Downers

Sometimes you sit a lot and don't get the best work to do


Advice to Potential Interns

It is a good well established place just be social try to get as much interesting work as you can.


Sample Interview Questions

Give an example of a safety issue you've encountered?


Advice to Management

I don't think there is a whole lot management can do just encourage the interns to go out and ask for work to do.


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Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

FirstEnergy IT Internship provides great opportunity to motivated students
Reading, PA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Opportunity to visit different locations within FirstEnergy


Downers

Current location has a limited amount of fellow interns at current location


Advice to Potential Interns

Conduct yourself in a professional manor.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.3 of 5 stars

Excellent industrial experience gained through FirstEnergy's Co-Op program.
Akron, OH | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Quality of work, Exercising my work potential, Learning from fellow employees, Quality of projects subjected to.


Downers

Long commute from home, Difficult to gain computer access.


Advice to Potential Interns

FirstEnergy is a very diverse company looking for young professionals in many different fields. One's work is only as strong as his initiative.


Sample Interview Questions

The interview took place 1.5 yrs ago, therefore I o not recall the exact questions. Some questions asked to explain how the interviewee has dealt with and learned from certain experiences. Other questions required more technical answers.


Advice to Management

Overtime work may be better managed.


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4.5 of 5 stars

Work in a very structured and safety-oriented environment
Toledo, OH | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Great people, more co-ops to hang out with, many different areas to get experience in, work-group very helpful and willing to spend time teaching me.


Downers

At Davis-Besse, it takes a very long time for anything new or creative to get done here. Most things are advanced fixes.


Advice to Potential Interns

At Davis-Besse, Design Engineering is the only group that isn't in the actual plant. If you want to see the inner workings of the plant, ask not to be in Design Engineering. The co-op management is very easy to work with and will try to do most anything you ask of them in the co-op.


Advice to Management

The only things that draw me away from Davis-Besse are the location and the fact that I haven't tried out everything that I want to before setting down. This is a great place to work if you are ready to get settled into a Nuclear Engineering environment, because they love to hire co-ops full time.


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