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Sempra Energy Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Wonderful working atmosphere with good work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • SE is one of 2 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in San Diego (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance, depending on the area you're in (in 5 reviews)

  • Much of the technology is not cutting edge (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Thread Carefully"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sempra Energy as a contractor

    Pros

    Great co-workers, currently going through an update with systems and IT. looks promising,

    Cons

    Unqualified individuals in management positions

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page regarding direction, objectives and goals. Own mistakes


  2. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Work Life balance, Good team

    Cons

    No hierarchy, layoffs are common

  3. "Flexible But..."

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of technologies to work on, both in data centers and in the field. Given lots of responsibility to manage technology for business projects. Work hours and locations somewhat flexible. Staff mostly friendly.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than industry rates. Much of the technology is not cutting edge. Too many short-term contractors don't know what they're doing. Management can be aloof or non-responsive, especially when it comes to supporting employees. If it's not on fire, don't expect it to get much attention from managers when you need it. Hiring and contracts take forever, and the onboarding process is total chaos.

    Advice to Management

    Be more responsive. Answer emails faster. Make employees a priority, rather than just giving lip service.


  4. "OK place to work in San Diego"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are very competitive for a job in San Diego
    The work/life balance is good depending on the department you work in

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the company being primarily focused on utility sector, things can move at a slower pace than they would in an unregulated business


  5. "Exciting place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Lots of interesting things going on in this company and lots of interesting people to work with. Energy is a hot industry right now, especially renewable energy.

    Cons

    Politics can be difficult to navigate and can be tricky within a large organization.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to people and not just to the bottom line. People are a valuable resource.


  6. "It was an amazing situation"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff were very welcoming. They knew exactly how to teach the necessary skills to allow a new hire to succeed.

    Cons

    There were times that the pressure to conform to the culture overshadowed the commitment to excellence that was the focus

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  7. "LNG operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefit package, vacations etc,

    Cons

    Lack of training,hard to escalate on positions or change department

    Advice to Management

    Sitting down to conduct an employee performance evaluation with a staff member is the part of the appraisal process most managers dread. But the session doesn’t have to be tense or uncomfortable.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company. Good compensation and benefits; very strong for the San Diego market, which is typically small to mid-size businesses

    Cons

    Support for training and career path almost non-existent and is dependent on the department you work in or supervisor. Same for work/life balance. Politics and red tape abound. IT systems and support is behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    See comments in cons


  9. "Accountant"

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

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

    Pros

    This was my first job out of college and the support and training I received has help my career. I was able to take on more responsibilities.

    Cons

    It's a big company where who you have lunch with or play golf with really matters. Sometime the best person for the job gets passed over.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so political with promotions. Some of us don't play golf. The pay could be better. There are other employers in the area who pay more.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good, and competent co-workers, but management lacks vision"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sempra Energy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment; competent and dedicated co-workers. Not a micro-managed workplace and you occasionally feel appreciated for your work.

    Cons

    There is no clear direction from management on the future of the supported products. Not a very young workplace; a lot of managers are nearing retirement and don't feel like rocking the boat.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new blood with fresh ideas and perspective on how to build a well-structured and collaborative work environment. Treat your contractors the same as your employees (don't keep them in the dark about their future).


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