Spectra Energy

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Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
45 Reviews
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Spectra Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Ebel
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Accounting Analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company that is going places

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Vision-driven company that actually believes in a balance between work and personal life balance. Smart executive management that is consistently executing a successful growth company. Solid benefits and vacation package.

    Cons

    Many within the company are unwilling to change old ways to embrace a new company environment. Pay may not be good enough to keep the best performers. Engineering bias makes other disciplines feel like secondary employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all professional disciplines equally. A engineer fresh out of college gets a better office than a well-experienced and educated professional. Otherwise, keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spectra Energy as a contractor

    Pros

    Great company culture and they are competitive with pay and opportunities.

    Cons

    It is better if you are not a contractor. Then its much like family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Quit asking for employee opinions; do something positive.

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    • 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.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance is great

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons to list

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    OK For A Big Company

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    Former Employee - Senior Lead Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Project Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (less than an 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job security

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    Current Employee - Senior Operator
    Current Employee - Senior Operator

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

    Pros

    Great safety culture .... ok ok

    Cons

    Looking for safety perfection.....ok ok

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 an 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look somewhere else you can find better

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (less than an 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

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