Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Spectra Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Ebel
Greg Ebel
29 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. 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

    I worked at Spectra Energy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Spectra Energy

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good, time off is good.

    Cons

    Too political, very inefficient, tighten work flows

    Advice to Management

    Become a leaner organization.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Good company but lot of internal politics!

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

    I worked at Spectra Energy

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work here: Benefits and flexible hours.

    Cons

    If you do not have a fair manager possibly you will be kept in the dark with no future prospect.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone fairly


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  5. 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)

    I worked at Spectra Energy

    Approves of CEO
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Very disappointed.....

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

    I worked at Spectra Energy

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    -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


  7. Good company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Technician in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Spectra Energy

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay great for some
    Good benefits including Health & Vacation.
    Area I work at people are very nice and friendly

    Cons

    Read all the other posts, I was amazed how true they are across entire company.
    In the field there is no work life balance at all.


  8. Good infrastructure company.

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

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries and benefits are relatively similar to its main competitors and its customers. Being the industry is oil and gas, this means they are typically better than you can get elsewhere. Reasonable vacation, floater days, flexible hours, flexible health benefits and a savings plan with an escalating company match.

    The company is not as impacted by commodity price cycles. Management focuses on having permanent staff for the valleys and uses contractors when peak activity periods occur. Therefore job security for permanent employees tends to be higher than what you would seen in the oil or gas producer community.

    As an infrastructure company (pipelines, gas plants, gas liquids extraction) primarily focusing on natural gas, the long term growth story is pretty good.

    Cons

    Calgary office has approximately 300 positions and Vancouver roughly another 100 positions. The rest of the positions are in field locations, primarily based in smaller communities in north eastern British Columbia and in north west Alberta. Also east of Medicine Hat. Flexibility with regard to work location, including relocation to Union Gas in eastern Canada or the U.S. is required to open up other opportunities for functional group. Technologists and skilled labour looking to advance to higher positions i.e. management will typically need to rotate through various field locations to progress their skills and knowledge.

    Work/life balance varies with the position and the individual. Higher level positions tend to have more emphasis on sacrificing balance to ensure work is done.

    As with many infrastructure and utility companies, staff turnover is relatively low. There are many long term employees which has both positives and negatives. Resistance to change can be an issue and opportunities to advance can be limited due to lower staff turnover. That being said, there a demographic shift about to occur due to the number of boomers approaching retirement.


  9. True to its core values.

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A positive and supportive work environment. Great bonus and benefit structure.

    Cons

    Slow to change. Career progression is undefined for many many roles.

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee retention and enable career growth or you will continue to hemmorge talented younger employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Senior Accountant Spectra Energy and Transmission

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

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, Benifits, and vacation time

    Cons

    the Finance department is poorly run


  11. Finance/Accounting

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Focus on building leadership skills. Very stable. Upper management cares about employees. You will not feel you are just a number. Your voice will be heard.

    Cons

    Technical training is limited. Less career advancement. Job rotation only occurs on the top (e.g., Director or VP above), not to the low or middle level.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money on the technical training for the employees who want to improve or expand their career. Create more job rotation (for low or middle level employees) to broad the employees' skills set if you cannot promote the employee; this is the least the company can or should do.



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