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Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance is exceptional (in 23 reviews)

  • Positive work environment with great people (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very disappointed....."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Overall good benefit package
    -Stable working environment
    -Good work-life balance
    -Nice Location and facility

    Cons

    -Too much politics
    -No room to speak up
    -No rotation opportunities if you are NOT satisfied your manager
    -Incompetent management team
    -Unfair treatment in every group
    -Management team not transparent for most of the decision making process
    -Team members are not competent, no working ethics, no integrities.

    Advice to Management

    -Treat people fairly
    -Give key personnel more recognition
    -Hire competent people all through the company, especially at high profile positions
    -Get raid of lazy folks


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Safe for women and children - not so good for your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable
    Stress Free
    Pleasant office environment
    Little travel

    Cons

    Dead end
    Below Industry Average Pay
    Not a "Real" oil and gas company

    Advice to Management

    So much of what your perception of Spectra Energy will be - will depend on your Job function and what you are looking for in your career overall. If you want safe, stable and stress free - this is your place. If you are looking for big money and gaining skills that the market will highly value - look elsewhere.

    Spectra Energy is a company that is way too overstaffed, has below industry average pay and fairly dead end as far as skills you would gain that would be transferable even to other oil and gas operating companies. It offers a sheltered, safe and stable work environment that would appeal to women and older workers but probably not to those looking for the oil and gas payoff you would find in other companies in terms of skills, experience or money in the industry.

    If you are serious about a career in the oil and gas industry, Spectra will get in you the door. But it will also waste your time if you allow it.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Quit asking for employee opinions; do something positive."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and alternative work week

    Cons

    Hyper political to the point that middle managers (director) sabotage each other.

    Promotion opportunities are nonexistent

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the directors you have, especially in IT. Get rid of poor performers and stop putting contractors in key roles and keep wondering why there is no growth in leadership. Contractors are only interested in job security. So you pay some contractors high rates, they build little kingdoms unto themselves and you wonder why there is so much disfunction. Wake up!


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  5. "Good for transitioning into other fields or gaining experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - N/A in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - N/A in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spectra Energy as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great for starting out and gaining experience, especially for those just graduating from college or seeking a change of career.

    Cons

    Highly political
    Anyone who is non republican or tea party need not apply
    If your not religious you will stick out like a sore thumb
    Expect rules/regulations to be applied only if its in managements favor
    Do not use the supposedly anonymous ethics line as they actively try to find out who called, emailed etc
    Type B personalities are very unwelcomed in the environment
    Passive bullying is very much present

    Advice to Management

    Follow the rules behind closed doors as well as when they're open.


  6. "contract specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, nice environment.

    Cons

    Not much work to do. Slow.


  7. "Ok"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Community involvement. Wonderful coworkers and Colleagues. There's a cafeteria and the food is OK. There's covered parking.

    Cons

    no work life balance. This company is not concerned with talent retention. The pay is much lower than other companies of its size. Everyone is stressed because the workload is so heavy.

    Advice to Management

    stop ignoring the fact that there is no work life balance. Hire more controllers. Pay a decent wage.


  8. "Meh"

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

    Pros

    Open door policy; cool people; lots of projects; people will know who you are.

    Cons

    Low pay; micro-managers; higher ups are filled with outside talent; lots of time watching

    Advice to Management

    Change what you're doing


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sourcing Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has very good benefits and a flexible a schedule. It is a very stable company and it offers the opportunity to be employed and to get a paycheck.

    Cons

    PSCM is new and it has no direction. There are no real opportunities for advancement. Most people in PSCM talks about leaving the company as soon as an opportunity arrives.


  10. "Executive Administration"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spectra Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company is good, employees are helpful.

    Cons

    Some employees need more training in communication. More structure in remodeling in the building. Building is very old and inspectors need to check for Asbestos. Just saying in any old building, there needs to be some kind of upgrade (remolding) for safety issues.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs more training in Professionalism, Ethics, Honesty with employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Project Controls"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planner Scheduler in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Planner Scheduler in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Upper management wants to improve project management.

    Cons

    Project controls Dept rules with an iron fist creating and enacting an arduous process in a vacuum without regard to the team members that will have to use it.

    There is no concern for managing relationships of team members.


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