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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 12 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. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 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.


  2. "Sempra Energy - Great Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exceptional financial performance with one of the best growth prospects in the industry
    Strong company values and commitment to ethics and integrity
    Wonderful working atmosphere with good work life balance
    Good development of staff that can rotate to a multitude of job opportunities
    Has an international aspect to the business with operations in Mexico, Chile and Peru
    Exceptional facilities in the prime location of downtown San Diego

    Cons

    There really are no cons that come to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Solid, Ethical Industry Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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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  5. "Stable, diverse and fulfilling!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Sempra serves a diverse population in California and elsewhere across the US, and they match that in their support for diversity in the workplace. They genuinely live up to what can be in many organizations a "tick-it, done-that" wave of the hand to creating an harassment free, inclusive workplace.

    Great facilities in the Downtown office HQ building geared to getting the best out of employees. Great pay and bonus structure also. You need to work hard for it, but support from team members and the infrastructure and culture give you the ability to succeed. Been here six years and I cannot see me wanting to move. Oh, and "them at the top" (the 15th and 16th floor executives), I have to say are one clever bunch of people. If this sounds like a "fan boy" post, it is not meant to be: my opinion, my career - it's what I see.

    Cons

    Well, once every 20 years or so, Downtown gets taken over by the All Star MLB game. Makes getting in and out of the area more painful. Wish we could innovate more, but then we are not Google!

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. "Sempra Energy San Diego HQ (CORP)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Sempra Energy is an environment where professionals of all backgrounds can find a good fit for their career ambitions, from the newbie fresh out of college and entering the Financial Leadership Program to seasoned management. Transition to different roles within the Company is not only available, but actively encouraged, allowing for a variety of experiences within different job functions, different business units, and different locations in the US and Latin America.

    Sempra Energy is 1 of 2 Fortune 500 companies in San Diego and is primarily engaged in the regulated utility sector which provides unique risks and perspectives, but can insulate against some of the traditional risk factors affecting for-profit businesses. Additionally, Sempra's outlook is major expansion beyond the current earnings makeup providing better diversification and a strong future.

    Benefits at Sempra are relevant and include fitness subsidies, free parking in Downtown San Diego or a public transport subsidy, strong 401K, health insurance benefits package, and an environment of active innovation and process improvement.

    Cons

    Large organization with many layers of management means that change can be slow as ideas are thoroughly considered before approval. No ESPP for general Company staff at Sempra. Re-organizations have been somewhat common over past 10 years meaning that there is regular change in structure, management, and reporting (though this may be a pro also as it indicates regular attempts to improve).

    Advice to Management

    Continue innovating and continue recognizing employees for their contributions. Empower lower levels of management to recognize and reward their teams as appropriate.


  7. "Solid Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Amazing benefit and compensation packages.
    - Rich employee benefits (health, education, discounts etc.)
    - Commitment to education and career planning
    - Diversity is a core value and practiced in all areas of the company

    Cons

    - Low turn overdue to long tenured employees. Advancement may not be as quick as some employees would like to see.


  8. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -My team is wonderful to work with and everyone I have met in other departments have been friendly and helpful
    -Great benefits
    -The building is new and is located in a prime spot in the East Village
    -Get to work for a Fortune 500 company

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.


  9. "It was an amazing situation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Senior Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sempra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere
    Located in Downtown San Diego
    Company encourages learning and career change
    Company on the rise with promising investments

    Cons

    Many are rewarded (promoted) for longevity instead of impact.


  11. "LNG operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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