Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 2014
37 Reviews

3.5
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Spectra Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Ebel
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Quit asking for employee opinions; do something positive.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    OK For A Big Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for less than a 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
  6.  

    Job security

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

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

    Pros

    Great safety culture .... ok ok

    Cons

    Looking for safety perfection.....ok ok

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safe for women and children - not so good for your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable
    Stress Free
    Pleasant office environment
    Little travel

    Cons

    Dead end
    Below Industry Average Pay
    Not a "Real" oil and gas company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So much of what your perception of Spectra Energy will be - will depend on your Job function and what you are looking for in your career overall. If you want safe, stable and stress free - this is your place. If you are looking for big money and gaining skills that the market will highly value - look elsewhere.

    Spectra Energy is a company that is way too overstaffed, has below industry average pay and fairly dead end as far as skills you would gain that would be transferable even to other oil and gas operating companies. It offers a sheltered, safe and stable work environment that would appeal to women and older workers but probably not to those looking for the oil and gas payoff you would find in other companies in terms of skills, experience or money in the industry.

    If you are serious about a career in the oil and gas industry, Spectra will get in you the door. But it will also waste your time if you allow it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look somewhere else you can find better

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

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some people are pleasant to work with

    Cons

    Entire company is made up of all contractors. Rarely do you meet someone who is a permanent employee. When traveling you are expected to pay for all expenses and wait 2-3 weeks for reimbursement from your staffing agency. Job will always be contract so hardly no one goes permanent. Insufficient training and the moment you speak your concerns or have ideas there immediately shot down or in my case invite you to corporate to teach them how to do your job responsibilities and then be laid off 2 weeks later.no real direction, aging workforce, not organized at all. The will assure you they don't do politics but trust me it's there. If u like traveling and feeling like your job is never complete then this place is for you. Salary is way below industry pay because they factor in traveling costs as apart of your salary. Traveling that they enforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you come to someone and ask ways to make things more efficient then to turn down there ideas because you do a group vote who are made up of people not comfortable with changes then look for better ways to manage. Industry is always changing holding back talent because some people are uncomfortable or have egos shouldn't be giving there opinion. Also nothing more cowardly when u schedule a meeting to talk about concerns then cancel it and then keep rescheduling only to drag it out because u know they are being laid off and then say yeah we'll talk about it when I get back the very same day you are laying them off and slipping out the back door with your tail between your legs is cowardly. Yea....sure you don't play politics. Cough cough

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SummerAccounting  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - SummerAccounting in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Spectra Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement, salary, dull and repetitive work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company for a first job

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

    I have been working at Spectra Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your younger employee's talents!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Long Time Pipeliner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Spec II  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Spec II in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    We work here to live and the company supports that concept
    Great place to get experience

    Cons

    Eval processis "rigged". Meaning the 1 to 5 scale is really a 1 to 4. So basically here at Spectra you will always be an average employee.
    Office politics - really bad here.
    Salary is on the low side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluations shuld be honest.
    Senior Management seems to know where they are taking the company
    Unable to advance - my fear is that I will me stuck in this postion until I get a better offer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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