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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good salary and benefits at a price

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive.
    Benefits are excellent
    Stable
    Corporate learning experience (if that is what you need)

    Cons

    Life/work balance does not exist.
    A lot of travel.
    Few opportunities for advancement and training.
    Frequent reminders that you "have to pay your dues" and favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers to be effective leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sempra/SDGE is ok

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

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

    Pros

    Good Company overall, good benefits for employees, not contractors

    Cons

    Large corporation lets employees move around too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont let employees move into jobs they know nothing about

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Financial Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging projects. Good exposure to senior management. Treats people fairly and with respect.

    Cons

    Once in a while, bureaucracy rears its ugly head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus on core strength and don't get distracted by shining balls.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good compensation comes at a price.

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

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Great compensation and benefits, pension, unrivaled yearly incentive plan.
    -Stable company.
    -Great experience working for a large Fortune 500 company.
    -Great exposure to the energy industry.
    -Recommendation to a friend: take the job, put in a few solid years and then leave.

    Cons

    -Top-heavy corporate culture that values professional martyrdom; it's more important to be seen at work "putting in the long hours" than actually getting any work done. If you're someone who likes to do their job and go home, you won't be seen as a "team player"...regardless of the fact that there's no actual work to warrant keeping you in the office.
    -Cold, sterile work environment at times.
    -The company is rigidly stratified. The mailroom workers will always be mailroom workers. The analysts will always be analysts. There's no career progression here, unless you're a manager. It's great if you're manager though. That said...
    -Company is way too top-heavy. A lot of 'managers' here are just engineers, accountants, etc. who have been with the company a long time. They're bosses, not leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers to be effective, inspirational leaders. Recognize the accomplishments of non-managers and develop their careers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sempra  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sempra in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sempra Energy

    Pros

    I have been here for over 5 years in the finance department. Good place to work and excellent salary, benefits and bonus plan,

    Cons

    Management need to promote and provide more career opportuinies for younger employees that have desire to learn and do more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow the company organically and provide more career growth through cross training and/or transfer within business units, departments and companies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work in San Diego

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sempra Energy

    Pros

    Sempra has great pay...not too much overtime and the people are motivating yet young and fun to hang out with.

    Cons

    Takes time to advance...promoting is definitely possible but it won't happen very fast so you have to put in time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No complaints with management, very happy here and I know most of the employees would say the same

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to work for

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

    I have been working at Sempra Energy

    Pros

    Sempra treats employee really well, and is willing to spend the resources to mentor and training employee to advance in their careers. There're plenty of interesting and challenging projects that can attract people like to work on cutting edge technology. There're also lots of opportunities to move within company.

    Cons

    Once you reached senior level technical position, advancement opportunities is quite limited unless you move to management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be well organized, self driven and persistent. The ability articulate your ideas well is definitely a plus

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company for the experience but not for the long run.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sempra Energy

    Pros

    Good solid experience. there is a lot of training.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. They believe in "face time"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    I work at the Parent Company in San Diego. Virtually everyone I work with is competent and professional. The compensation and benefits are good and my work is satisfying.

    Cons

    The recent reorganization was tough on some people as some good people lost their jobs. The Company didn't award pay increases in 2010.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great company to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sempra Energy

    Pros

    Good balance between work and life; Open and friendly working environment;nice location at San Diego downtown; relatively stable company to work for.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's a little bit slow and inefficient; Big company and lots of complexities and politics; relatively conservative company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My only advice or feedback to the leadership at sempra energy is to shape a more clear long term strategy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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