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Spectra Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Ebel
Greg Ebel
7 Ratings

Pros
  • The work life balance is good with the flex hours program where you can get every other Friday off (in 10 reviews)

  • Great People, great benefits, great opportunities to serve the community (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The career progression can be slow (in 3 reviews)

  • No one wanted to work for this person thus a high turnover rate (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Good company if you are not a contractor or in IT department

    Former Employee - Information Technology in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere. Nice people to work with. Walking distance from galleria.

    Cons

    If you work in the IT department get ready to stay as a contractor. Department will not hire you as a perm employee even if you prove yourself. Raises are minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Hire contractors that are worth keeping and prove themselves worthy. Give more raises to contractors.


  2. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Accounting Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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  5. OK For A Big Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Long Time Pipeliner

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Spec II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Spec II in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (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 Management

    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


  7. Good Company to retire from, not a great company to start your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, wonderful work life balance, good benefits, good experience, and they care about their employees!!

    Cons

    Pay is not at market, not much room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Increase base salary for employees!!!


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great company for benefits not so much for career growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Spectra provides one of the best benefits package in the industry - add to that the 9/80 work schedule OR 1 day/week telecommuting option is just great.

    Cons

    Spectra's middle management is aging and are happy maintaining status quo till they retire - you'll do good at this company if you just follow your supervisor without questioning why and how things are being done.

    Advice to Management

    Bring more young blood into middle management - provide a clear career path for individuals who show promise and recognize them for their contributions.


  9. Good company to work for just stay away from management positions

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fair pay, good benifits,union support

    Cons

    The company has a serious problem with thier managers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect


  10. Solid industry, ok company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and laid back work atmosphere. Mentorship program in place. Industry with lots of potential when gas prices pick up.

    Cons

    Opportunities to move up, let alone sideways, are few and far between. Management needs to encourage employee development & communicate with employees better, the only manager that I know did that left. I find it interesting that SET West has not been officially named "The employer of choice" in the media like Union Gas and the Houston office.

    Advice to Management

    Continue pushing the mentorship program Provide training for management so they can become effective leaders for employees.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good overall experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits plan

    Cons

    Non equitable treatment of employees

    Advice to Management

    Work on being more progressive in developing leadership.



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