Sempra Energy Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
54 Reviews
3.8
54 Reviews
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Sempra Energy CEO Debra Reed
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, great benefits, good work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • You can't beat working at the headquarters in downtown San Diego (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Sempra is a big company so it is easy to get lost in the shuffle (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Stable Company, great work enviornment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, compensation is comparable to others in this type of work. Friendly people, comfortable work enviornment.

    Cons

    Accruing vacation time is annoying. If you have x amount of weeks they should be given at the beginning of the year to use as you choose.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn. Not a great place to advance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    1. The pay is good
    2. The work is challenging (never bored)
    3. Professional development is encouraged through education opportunities and training
    4. Job is secure, very stable company. Also very ethical, don't have to worry about an Enron situation

    Cons

    1. Very old school mentality in terms of work-life balance:
         a. Face time is important
         b. If you're leaving at 5, you're not considered a good employee (even if you're working from home at night)
         c. Don't even think about a part-time schedule
    2. Getting promoted is difficult. You never really know when you will get promoted. It's like a dangling carrot that nobody tells you how to get.
    3. Lots of work, not enough people (varies between groups). Lost a few employees to other companies and they were just replaced with contractors (who charge by the hour, so not the most efficient).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, hard to move up.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, good work/life balance. Well resourced

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Management needs to be more communicative regarding career advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for in San Diego.

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

    I have been working at Sempra Energy

    Pros

    Voted best most ethical company.

    Cons

    Excellent opportunities to develop your skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not What i thought would be like working Here!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer Contract  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer Contract in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sempra Energy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I can't say much about reasons to work here unless the team and team members and manager you are assigned to are interacting with you about work and also how you are doing?

    Cons

    The team i was assigned had very poor project management, they just take their resources for granted. Even after letting them know of your concerns they are still at their own things not even bothering about your issue. And i thought managers were supposed to be good with their team or at least formally introduce themselves. Which in my case was not so. And Wanted to share a particular thing about this team member i was working with, who by the way is one of the most rude and unprofessional people i have come across. All they wanted is just to work according to their norms and not even bothered about our inputs. I would warn people about this person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please interact with each and everyone of your employee, be it your own or a contractor. If not you are going to get a lot of negative remarks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great internship.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting/Finance Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting/Finance Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sempra Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Internship program is very organized. Team building activities and rotational program allows you to meet and see various people/job functions throughout the company.

    Cons

    Slow career progress - raises and promotions mostly given based on time at the company. Given the size of the company politics and luck of timing will likely play a large role in career success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable and secure. One of the best San Diego places to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Solid. Interesting work. Not the dull public utility type work you would expect but forefront, top thinking work. Compensation on par. 2-weeks off plus holidays. Depending on your particular manager, time can be flexible.

    Cons

    Getting ahead depends on who you know and timing more than on performance. Variable pay portion tied to sometimes factors outside of your control which is frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going. I feel Sr Mgmt does a great job here. Be more open to promoting from within the company but maybe other disciplines - don't just promote the next guy in line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Paying long...not high

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer (Contract)  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer (Contract) in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Sempra Energy as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Retirement plan, stability, work flexibility

    Cons

    Low pay, a lot of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start innovating!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great company to work for

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sempra Energy

    Pros

    Awesome engineering internship program full of exposure to the company.
    Hands on experience working on real projects.
    Provided many opportunities to network with various executives and departments.

    Cons

    Make sure not to get to caught up in your own work, and learn about the other aspects of the company.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    IT Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - IT Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sempra Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very solid, established company going in many different directions means lots of diverse opportunities within one company; pays well

    Cons

    The Internship wasn't well planned out and there's somewhat of a bureaucracy to deal with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    challenge future IT interns, that's what we're there for!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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