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Sempra Energy Reviews

Updated February 7, 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. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Sempra Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture; the people are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    None; they were great to work with.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "Staff Assistant III"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Staff Assistant III in Escondido, CA
    Current Contractor - Staff Assistant III in Escondido, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sempra Energy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and professional environment. Great training and very supportive.

    Cons

    Some employees I work closely with notify you at the very last minute if he/she is going on vacation or leaving early, retiring, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Wonderful to have the open door policy, which makes an employee feel welcome to talk about anything.


  3. "Company review"

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

    Pros

    People, Place, environment, growth, atmosphere

    Cons

    There is no con at sempra


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  5. "First Year has been great"

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

    I have been working at Sempra Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a new college grad, I was hired on full time and immediately began working on real projects with lots of autonomy. Open door policy with supervisors and management has allowed me to learn a lot and constantly ask questions. Company encourages personal development, lots of opportunities for horizontal movement across different departments within the company as well as room to move up.

    Cons

    No cons yet to report

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  6. "Best Place to work!"

    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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, excellent salary lots of great people .

    Cons

    Location of Building length of time to get hired after being a contract employee

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better


  7. "New employee review"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sempra Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked for Sempra Energy for approximately one year after working for a major law firm for 25 years. SE is one of 2 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in San Diego. SE has built a brand new LEED certified building in the East Village area of downtown SD. The building is clean, desks are ergonomically sound and can be raised, includes a gym and workout classes, and an onsite cafeteria. I park two blocks away, offsite, in a large parking structure with a lot of space. Parking is paid for in full by the company. SE has an excellent benefits package, competitive salaries, and supports a diverse workforce. One of the biggest draws for me was the opportunity for career growth and development at SE. Employees are encouraged to move into different positions and to gain expertise throughout the company and its utilities. (I was stuck in the same position at a law firm.) SE cares for its employees and encourages giving programs, wellness programs and community involvement.

    Cons

    None at this time, just before my one year anniversary.

    Advice to Management

    Work more with the Padres/SDPD to control traffic and garage entrance/exits when the Padres play at Petco Park, across the street from the parking garage.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Stable company. Great Benefits. Ability to make a change."

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

    I have been working at Sempra Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits I've seen or heard in my tenure. While salary may be on lower end of the average range, it is easily made up for with a great pension, high 401k match, annual bonus, etc. Sempra provides great stability during times of economic turmoil. There are so many opportunities within the organization to feel like you are making a societal change (green energy development, smart cars, electricity rates, providing natural gas to developing countries, etc). All organizations have their flaws, but overall, Sempra is an amazing place to work.

    Cons

    Have to be patient to move up the ladder. Most people start their careers at Sempra and stay forever (a tribute to to how great of a place to work it is) so you have to wait your turn. Can be political environment but so is every large energy/utility company. Depending on the department, long hours could be in store but it is cyclical and there are always opportunities to move around.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the young talent who will eventually take the reins one day. Loyalty goes both ways,


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Political Reporting and Compliance Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Political Reporting and Compliance Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sempra is a large company with many different opportunities. They encourage employees to try new things to become more well rounded. The leadership is committed to doing what is right for our customers. The benefits are great too!

    Cons

    Because it is a large company, it can feel a bit bureaucratic, but that is to be expected in an organization this size.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company committed to it's community, and doing the right thing. There are many challenging opportunities throughout the organization and business units, which gives people opportunities to try new things, and challenge themselves. The company wants people to work hard, but understands that employees also have lives, and that work life balance is important to many people. Always looking for ways to expand the business through sensible, lower risk investments to stay viable. Also great people and culture!

    Cons

    Being a large, utility style business, change tends to happen slowly with layers of bureaucracy. Many people have also built long careers at Sempra, and tends to push against change that they perceive as threatening. To be successful you have to be patient, and sometimes accept the politics. But that is something that every large company will have, and sometimes is necessary to prevent making bad decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in improved employee structures and movement to attract and retain young talent. The new generation of employees want to move faster, and don't necessarily view their careers as long term. Make sure that you adapt to not lose the future leaders.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Solid, Ethical Industry Leader"

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

    Pros

    An advantage of being based in utilities is that there are no high highs and no low lows. The culture of Sempra is much like our products--steady, reliable, and resilient. The company is financially strong and somewhat risk-averse which makes it attractive to investors who want solid returns without downside risk. The culture is nearly non-existent, which is good--We work hard and go home, to the beach, or elsewhere to love the great things that San Diego has to offer. Overall compensation is very good.

    Cons

    Slow to change and embrace new concepts. VERY risk-averse. Some key leaders have been in place entirely too long and unlikely to retire anytime soon, which frustrates talented middle managers and directors.


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