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Sempra Energy Reviews

Updated November 1, 2018
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Sempra Energy Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey W. Martin
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  • "Lack of upward mobility, highly regulated, no work life balance, no telecommuting options" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Large company and all the warts that come with that" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Ethical workplace; challenging work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; high ethical standards.

    Cons

    Lots of organizational changes. Not all bad but hard to keep up with

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more.


  2. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sempra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Diverse businesses, lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Large company and all the warts that come with that.

  3. "Great pay and benefits...except you're definitely working for it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with high caliber of employees

    Cons

    Depending on the business unit you're in, workload can be overwhelming.


  4. "GIS Analyst"

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    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is ok, good team environment at one time

    Cons

    Overall non collaborative working environment. Conflicts exist between various business units and IT.

    Advice to Management

    hire more staff


  5. "Fortune 500 sounds impressive.. and that's all it has going for it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sempra Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None. Maybe competitive pay.
    Benefits depend on your job.
    Greedily, they have a class of employee there which doesn't get to share in the yearly bonus. The bonus is called ICP, where folks can get tens of thousands of dollars or even hundreds depending on your position. If you aren't the right kind of employee, too bad so sad. You don't matter, and don't get a bonus for your hard work.

    Cons

    Sempra tries to scam the review system by having multiple glass-door listings for different divisions. Even more scummy, they ask brand new employees on their first week to put good ratings. That is the reason you see so many high marks. Those people reviewing haven't even really worked at the place.

    Sempra is completely incompetent, reorgs pull the rug out from under everyone and assign new bosses who are afraid of their own employees and will do anything to sandbag them as to not look bad.

    They ignore the suggestions given to them or present them as their own. They play favorites. They don't reward hard work, dedication, and performance. They protect incompetent folk who don't do their own job. When you try to cover for the team, you aren't recognized.

    When you go to HR they are not there to protect you, the employee. They are there to enable managers to do anything no matter how scummy, as long as it doesn't break the law. Do not think HR is your friend or there to protect you. They absolutely are not. They put reps there that couldn't give a flying about the things being done to you.

    Do yourself a favor, find another company to work for.

    In my tenure there:
    1. I was physically assaulted multiple times in front of other employees and nobody said anything or backed me up to HR.
    2. I was verbally threatened by a team member, who got promoted.
    I did not initiate any of these encounters. I was afraid to report the above because I felt it would affect my employment status. I am not sure of the statute of limitations but this company deserves to be sued.

    They had me working many hours past regular shift, and manager was not careful to spread the load to prevent burnout and allow workers to have work/life balance. When manager was informed by vacation takers they wouldn't be available, lazy manager left it up to the employees to work it out. Someone always got stiffed working long hours because manager wouldn't do their job.

    Manager completely brain dead and lacked basic logic skills. When presented with information that indicated a situation, manager backed up people who weren't involved or didn't know the whole picture. When presented with further information, manager doubled down on stupid and still rejected. Only after a 3rd attempt at providing even MORE information, which by now was overwhelming, did manager realize the initial case was true all along. Manager never acknowledged all the hard work done.

    They have some smart people in the senior management (executives) but some are just god-awful, and completely abusive to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Fire every single one of your managers, right now. Fire directors, Fire fire fire until you get competent people in there who will treat their teams with respect, who are not selfishly threatened by high performing members of teams. Managers who will treat employees equal, and who will promote based on performance.


  6. "It's OK, Used to be Better"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company, job security, above average benefits

    Cons

    Management exploits the above to the point where work life balance no longer exists


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stable, Limited opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very stable company, steady and predictable work, good salaries and benefits, amazing downtown location.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities for growth, unless you are anointed by an officer and designated "high potential". The company admits it only actively develops the careers of 5% of its employees. The rest of us are left to figure it out on our own - huge missed opportunity and not ideal for millennials or others early in their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that what got you here won't get you there. As the energy industry undergoes radical transformation, you need to shed the hyper hierarchical culture, in which ideas are valued based on the status of the person with the idea, rather than the merit of the idea itself. Create a skunkworks!

  8. "Sr. Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, job security, no travel requires

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility, highly regulated, no work life balance, no telecommuting options


  9. "Sempra Energy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career opportunities within the company

    Cons

    Mid-level management needs training on holding direct reports accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people that do what's right and reward those that actually earn to be rewarded.


  10. "Dissapointing experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sempra Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Guarenteed bonus, beautiful location, with a stable company.

    Cons

    Slow career growth, poor management, and uncompetitive pay leading to low employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your talent before they all leave.


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