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"Great company for benefits not so much for career growth"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Spectra Energy

  1. "Great company but unstable"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Saint John, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Saint John, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Most employees have been around 30+ years, since Westcoast Energy
    - Very satisfying work, diverse projects
    - Fantastic compensation, benefits and pension
    - Company really encourages internal hiring, making it easy to move around or up
    - Great work life balance, all overtime is compensated and not too much overtime unless your department is not well managed

    Cons

    - Company has changed too much. From Westcoast to Duke, to Spectra, now to Enbridge
    - Hiring poor management who cannot deliver and makes their staff miserable
    - Not a lot of desirable working locations in western Canada
    - Company runs very bare bones in all departments, causing people to be unable to do their jobs

    Advice to Management

    - Stop hiring so many contractors
    - Need to hire and attract more effective managers rather than settling for ones that struggle in their role and cannot lead a team


  2. "Good midstreamer with uncertain future"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable employer with good benefits and forward thinking on HR side. Good opportunities for those willing to move geographically and develop additional skills and knowledge. However you have to deliver the goods. Have seen some fast movers in this company which aggravates some people that believe you should get a promotion based upon time with the company, regardless of whether the experience is all of one type.

    Cons

    Due to stability associated with long term service contracts, you don't see the employment cycles. The upside is the stability mentioned above. The downside is that there are some folks that serve as "blockers" and the company culture in the past was to move them around to similar roles or leave them in place rather than aggressively performance manage them and even exit them. That has changed in the last 1 - 2 years and will change some more in the next 2 quarters with Enbridge taking over. I would expect work opportunities in next 6 months to be contractor type not employee until they sort out their organization and who will fill what positions.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful balancing the mix of Enbridge and Spectra employees in management. While both companies have common areas of operation like Ontario LDCs, they really don't haven't played in the same areas together (oil vs gas and regionally). Typical buyouts result in the buyer placing their folks in senior positions and exiting large pieces of the prior management team and midoffice. That might be a mistake here as remaining staff may not have the same institutional knowledge.


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