Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. OK For A Big Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Job security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 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
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    Look somewhere else you can find better

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  6. Great Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - SummerAccounting in Houston, TX
    Current Intern - SummerAccounting in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Spectra Energy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People, culture, work/life balance, 9/80 work weeks

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement, salary, dull and repetitive work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good company for a first job

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

    I have been working at Spectra Energy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Will negotiate more if they really want you
    Great coworkers, employees
    Opportunity to travel A LOT if you so wish
    Benefits are great

    Cons

    Sometimes not the projects you want to work on, and it's difficult to request something else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your younger employee's talents!

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

    Long Time Pipeliner

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Spec II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Spec II in Houston, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Im just a contractor!

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

    I have been working at Spectra Energy as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Like everyone else said.. Work life balance. I"m a contractor and they go way out of their way to not treat me like one. I like the group I'm in, I have an excellent manager.

    Cons

    I haven't really found the dark side yet. There seems to be a lot of silo-ing going on, with one piece of the business not knowing what the others are doing, but you find that everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your lower level management to do their job. They're smart people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good Company to retire from, not a great company to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase base salary for employees!!!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Top notch

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance - 9/80, teleworking and part-time work.
    Health - there is a Nurse Practitioner on site and a clinic with two beds and nursing rooms. There is also a gym on sit
    Leaders - trustworthy and highly competent.
    Mid to Upper-level Management - usually leaves little to be desired.
    Great benefits - three weeks vacation immediately; 401(k) matching, pension and bonus.
    The company is always seeking to improve and always puts their employees first.

    Cons

    Salary is okay.
    Little room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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