Sempra Energy

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Sempra Energy Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
62 Reviews
3.9
62 Reviews
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Sempra Energy CEO Debra Reed
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is the most rewarding (in 5 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Hard to move up in this company (in 3 reviews)

  • 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not your father's energy company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great environment to work in. Has multiple business units with lots of ability to learn, grow and take on new challenges. Very philanthropic and environmentally friendly

    Cons

    Too much movement some times can lead to instability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good people, but takes a long time to get anything done

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people who want to do the right thing, except for the senior managers

    Cons

    takes a long time to get anything done. If you thrive on results, think twice before accepting a HQ job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop punishing people for mistakes where no malice was involved. You have killed creativity and innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sempra Energy

    Pros

    The people I work with on day to day basis are great.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't seem to concerned with the welfare of it's employees, communication from the top down is non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to interact with your employees and learn what we do from day to day since what we do is valuable. Communicate the direction of our group so we aren't left in the dark.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware of the employee contract...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Research Attorney in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Research Attorney in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Job security. No formal annual assessment process.

    Cons

    Organization is dispersed and often have conflicting priorities. Business units are siloed.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to start your career

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

    I worked at Sempra Energy full-time

    Pros

    - great benefits
    - great people
    - lots of advancement opportunities within one of Sempra's companies
    - high salaries

    Cons

    - have to pay for parking in downtown
    - possible budget cuts related to utilities
    - constant company restructuring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

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

    terrific company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    good work life balance; top tier co-workers so working with smart people; excellent pay and benefits; promote from within; job security as long as you are at least a mediocre performer.

    Cons

    can be difficult or take a long time to move to a different role; can be difficult get rid of low level performers on your team

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

    Good salary and benefits at a price

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    • 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 (more than an 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
  9. 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 (more than an 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
  10. 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 (more than an 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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good compensation comes at a price.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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

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