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Sempra Energy Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Wonderful working atmosphere with good work life balance (in 13 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. "Principal Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation, and work life balance.

    Cons

    Feels like a good ol' boys club at work.


  2. "Intern Perks"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Networking opportunities
    2. Prime downtown location

    Cons

    1. Slow faced work and laid back culture

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire young talent and international developers to keep the online presence tech-savyy


  3. "Great place to work. The people are very professional."

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

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sempra is a great place to work in the energy industry to get a diversified perspective on utilities and midstream services.

    Cons

    The hours can be grueling at times but sometimes that's where you have to start. The experience gained makes up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the development of the younger generation.


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  5. "Good company for the young and the not so young"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent company with career opportunities in several areas. Good diversity in management and leadership roles

    Cons

    IT department is a very demanding group, which is difficult at times to maintain a health work life balance


  6. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance at Sempra is great. Also, HQ location is located downtown in a great location right next to Petco Park.

    Cons

    The company does not have a formal training program which makes it difficult to build the necessary skills to succeed at your job.

    Advice to Management

    The company should have a program in place that identifies leaders and develops leadership skills early on in the employees career.


  7. "Internship at SCG"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Intern - SCG in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - SCG in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sempra Energy as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, open culture, easy to shine if you put in work and peal down a few layers. At the end of the day gas distribution is good work that helps people. Especially if you stay away from collections.

    Cons

    Slow moving, risk adverse and regulated made the environment confining. Little ideas with consensus were slowly adopted. Big ideas were shunned. Lots of lifers that know exactly what the minimum is.

    Advice to Management

    Create incentives for taking some risks (non-safety implication risks) and exceeding goals. Focus is around staying within budget not increasing customer value or growth.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company and great people to work with!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Associate in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Associate in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Sempra Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with Sempra Energy on a one-year contract assignment through an agency. I was an Administrative Associate; I loved the position and the people I supported (Director, Engineers and Project Managers) were great! There is a cafeteria in the building with good food and also there are eateries all around the downtown area. The only reason I'm not still working with Sempra is because of the stupid test that you have to pass in order to be hired on as a permanent employee. The test has nothing to do with what your job duties entails. Everyone loved my work performance! I was very success in the role, but you must past the Battery test.

    Cons

    You have to take and pass a Battery test after being with the company for a year that has nothing to do with your daily administrative duties.

    Advice to Management

    A Battery test should not determine if you're qualified for a position or not and especially if you have being performing at a high level for a year and the entire department is truly happy with your work performance. A test should be taken when first coming aboard and it shouldn't be a battery test it should test the skills that you use daily (Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint). You are losing great employees because of a stupid test that has nothing to do with your daily job duties. I believe upper management should reevaluate this process.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to socialize and learn from outside the company.

    Cons

    Dry work environment within company. Old employees outnumber young motivated employees.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more open work environment that facilitates motivation.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to learn. Not a great place to advance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    1. The pay is good
    2. The work is challenging (never bored)
    3. Professional development is encouraged through education opportunities and training
    4. Job is secure, very stable company. Also very ethical, don't have to worry about an Enron situation

    Cons

    1. Very old school mentality in terms of work-life balance:
         a. Face time is important
         b. If you're leaving at 5, you're not considered a good employee (even if you're working from home at night)
         c. Don't even think about a part-time schedule
    2. Getting promoted is difficult. You never really know when you will get promoted. It's like a dangling carrot that nobody tells you how to get.
    3. Lots of work, not enough people (varies between groups). Lost a few employees to other companies and they were just replaced with contractors (who charge by the hour, so not the most efficient).


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work, hard to move up."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, good work/life balance. Well resourced

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Management needs to be more communicative regarding career advancement.


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