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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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  1.  

    Run away ... Don't walk away from here!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous
    Former Contractor - Anonymous

    I worked at Spectra Energy as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    None... Well they are close to a bar... For you to drink your sorrows away after your day at work.

    Cons

    People spend more time finding reasons and excuses to not work than actually working, especially in Services Supply Chain. The Manager only worried about taking other people down than doing her job. Nothing ever gets done especially in meeting and employees just pass all the work onto contract workers to do. Worst place to work if you have any type of motivation, it will only slowly suck your life out of you. And if you are anything other than white you are doomed and will be stick doing the grunt work without any advancement while you see others doing nothing and complaining about their work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is nothing here I can say that they don't already know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people 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 (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractor application developer

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Spectra Energy as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing really. Outdated management, old facilities

    Cons

    Poor knowledge, bad irrelevant and outdated questions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit so the company can move on

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  5.  

    Good for transitioning into other fields or gaining experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - N/A in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - N/A in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Spectra Energy as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great for starting out and gaining experience, especially for those just graduating from college or seeking a change of career.

    Cons

    Highly political
    Anyone who is non republican or tea party need not apply
    If your not religious you will stick out like a sore thumb
    Expect rules/regulations to be applied only if its in managements favor
    Do not use the supposedly anonymous ethics line as they actively try to find out who called, emailed etc
    Type B personalities are very unwelcomed in the environment
    Passive bullying is very much present

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the rules behind closed doors as well as when they're open.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Accountant Spectra Energy and Transmission

    • 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

    Pros

    Good pay, Benifits, and vacation time

    Cons

    the Finance department is poorly run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointed.....

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

    I worked at Spectra Energy

    Pros

    -Overall good benefit package
    -Stable working environment
    -Good work-life balance
    -Nice Location and facility

    Cons

    -Too much politics
    -No room to speak up
    -No rotation opportunities if you are NOT satisfied your manager
    -Incompetent management team
    -Unfair treatment in every group
    -Management team not transparent for most of the decision making process
    -Team members are not competent, no working ethics, no integrities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Treat people fairly
    -Give key personnel more recognition
    -Hire competent people all through the company, especially at high profile positions
    -Get raid of lazy folks

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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

    I worked at Spectra Energy

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  11.  

    Good company to work for just stay away from management positions

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spectra Energy

    Pros

    Fair pay, good benifits,union support

    Cons

    The company has a serious problem with thier managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect

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