Spectra Energy

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Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated Jul 09, 2014
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3.3 33 reviews

95% Approve of the CEO

Spectra Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Ebel

Greg Ebel

(21 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Committed to a work/life balance environment.

    Supply Chain Analyst (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    Proswork-life balance, office culture, great benefits, work schedule

    ConsSupply Chain structure is somewhat confusing

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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

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    Great company that is going places

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsVision-driven company that actually believes in a balance between work and personal life balance. Smart executive management that is consistently executing a successful growth company. Solid benefits and vacation package.

    ConsMany within the company are unwilling to change old ways to embrace a new company environment. Pay may not be good enough to keep the best performers. Engineering bias makes other disciplines feel like secondary employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat all professional disciplines equally. A engineer fresh out of college gets a better office than a well-experienced and educated professional. Otherwise, keep up the great work!

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

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    Mechanical Engineer in Training

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Fort Nelson, BC (Canada)

    ProsSpectra offers great opportunity for hands on experience. Working at field operation locations is a huge benefit to gaining great work experience.

    Benefits and pay are on par with industry.

    ConsSpectra struggles to attract senior personnel due to perceived "undesirable" locations in Northern BC.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive overall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSpectra Energy has a good corporate culture. It invests in its employees, and has a relaxed work environment. The work life balance is good with the flex hours program where you can get every other Friday off.

    ConsThe career progression can be slow. Management wants to be 110% sure that someone will excel in the role before they make the move. It can be frustrating waiting for the next promotion.

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

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    Great Culture

    SummerAccounting (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsPeople, culture, work/life balance, 9/80 work weeks

    ConsOpportunities for advancement, salary, dull and repetitive work

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

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    Good company for a first job

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetitive pay
    Will negotiate more if they really want you
    Great coworkers, employees
    Opportunity to travel A LOT if you so wish
    Benefits are great

    ConsSometimes not the projects you want to work on, and it's difficult to request something else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse your younger employee's talents!

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

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    Top notch

    Senior Accountant (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsExcellent work life balance - 9/80, teleworking and part-time work.
    Health - there is a Nurse Practitioner on site and a clinic with two beds and nursing rooms. There is also a gym on sit
    Leaders - trustworthy and highly competent.
    Mid to Upper-level Management - usually leaves little to be desired.
    Great benefits - three weeks vacation immediately; 401(k) matching, pension and bonus.
    The company is always seeking to improve and always puts their employees first.

    ConsSalary is okay.
    Little room for growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsFocus on building leadership skills. Very stable. Upper management cares about employees. You will not feel you are just a number. Your voice will be heard.

    ConsTechnical training is limited. Less career advancement. Job rotation only occurs on the top (e.g., Director or VP above), not to the low or middle level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more money on the technical training for the employees who want to improve or expand their career. Create more job rotation (for low or middle level employees) to broad the employees' skills set if you cannot promote the employee; this is the least the company can or should do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    True to its core values.

    Operations (Former Employee)

    ProsA positive and supportive work environment. Great bonus and benefit structure.

    ConsSlow to change. Career progression is undefined for many many roles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on employee retention and enable career growth or you will continue to hemmorge talented younger employees.

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    Good infrastructure company.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSalaries and benefits are relatively similar to its main competitors and its customers. Being the industry is oil and gas, this means they are typically better than you can get elsewhere. Reasonable vacation, floater days, flexible hours, flexible health benefits and a savings plan with an escalating company match.

    The company is not as impacted by commodity price cycles. Management focuses on having permanent staff for the valleys and uses contractors when peak activity periods occur. Therefore job security for permanent employees tends to be higher than what you would seen in the oil or gas producer community.

    As an infrastructure company (pipelines, gas plants, gas liquids extraction) primarily focusing on natural gas, the long term growth story is pretty good.

    ConsCalgary office has approximately 300 positions and Vancouver roughly another 100 positions. The rest of the positions are in field locations, primarily based in smaller communities in north eastern British Columbia and in north west Alberta. Also east of Medicine Hat. Flexibility with regard to work location, including relocation to Union Gas in eastern Canada or the U.S. is required to open up other opportunities for functional group. Technologists and skilled labour looking to advance to higher positions i.e. management will typically need to rotate through various field locations to progress their skills and knowledge.

    Work/life balance varies with the position and the individual. Higher level positions tend to have more emphasis on sacrificing balance to ensure work is done.

    As with many infrastructure and utility companies, staff turnover is relatively low. There are many long term employees which has both positives and negatives. Resistance to change can be an issue and opportunities to advance can be limited due to lower staff turnover. That being said, there a demographic shift about to occur due to the number of boomers approaching retirement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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