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Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated 27 October 2014
Updated 27 October 2014
42 Reviews
3.7
42 Reviews
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Spectra Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Ebel
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent and comfortable environment, well suited for folks that value job security over carrier growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectra Energy as a contractor

    Pros

    Very nice people, excellent working conditions, great flexibility, job security, true to the "employer of choice" values.

    Cons

    Extremely controlled communication environment which stifle creativity. Very narrow job assignments that do not allow for growth. Reaching outside the job scope is more or less "punished" instead of discussed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a great book called "leadership and self deception". Most of the folks are "in the box" and need coaching/help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Accounting Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People, great benefits, great opportunities to serve the community.

    Cons

    Wrong people in management positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company that is going places

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vision-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.

    Cons

    Many 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place SUCKS!

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Six weeks holidays, good benefits

    Cons

    The 'manager' in my department was the worst micromanager known to man. No one wanted to work for this person thus a high turnover rate. There was all sorts of psychological abuse and bullying going on. I was not provided with sufficient training and struggled. How does one learn with a five minute overview on something complicated? There are way too many computer programs to deal with. The process to carry out work, even simple things, is a convoluted endeavour riddled by the run around from the many different departments. The company wastes way too much money on things, ie, having meetings at very expensive hotels and having them catered when it's really not necessary. Give that money to the United Way. Also, flying down to Texas was a waste since this program we were to learn was not even functional yet so we did 'testing' instead which begs the question "Who is running the show". There are positions there that a) there really is no need for; b) you wonder what that person does with the ridiculous title, ie, manager of diversity - what is that and is it really needed? If you have no personality, like an extremely conservative environment, enjoy getting the run around, this is the place for you. I could go on and on....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let 'managers' report to someone that works in a different country because it's harder to know if they are 'managing' people correctly. When someone complains constantly about an individual and it is known that they are a problem, get rid of them. They are costing the company money in terms of turnover and/or payouts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spectra Energy as a contractor

    Pros

    Great company culture and they are competitive with pay and opportunities.

    Cons

    It is better if you are not a contractor. Then its much like family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mechanical Engineer in Training

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

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Spectra 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Quit asking for employee opinions; do something positive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and alternative work week

    Cons

    Hyper political to the point that middle managers (director) sabotage each other.

    Promotion opportunities are nonexistent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the directors you have, especially in IT. Get rid of poor performers and stop putting contractors in key roles and keep wondering why there is no growth in leadership. Contractors are only interested in job security. So you pay some contractors high rates, they build little kingdoms unto themselves and you wonder why there is so much disfunction. Wake up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance is great

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons to list

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Spectra 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    OK For A Big Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Project Engineer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Project Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Spectra is an established big company with big company benefits. A leader in natural gas storage and a major player in natural gas transportation.

    Cons

    Spectra is a big company. Some of the internal groups tend to try to act like a small company when in fact the big company layers of bureaucracy and politics exist and are in full effect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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