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Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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  • The work life balance at the company makes working for them truly pleasant (in 22 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "PSCM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Pay is better than most companies

    Cons

    Too many directors trying to change the company into BP, too many politics, and too many inconsistencies.

    Advice to Management

    Work on one issue, fix it, then move on to the next. Get to know your contractors as they are 60% of the company's staff. Train, train, train. The is not a competition to see who can swim the farthest without a life jacket.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Super!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it is a super place to work

    Cons

    none that I know of. its a super place to work

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work!

  3. Helpful (2)

    "engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flex work hours, vacation time, 401k

    Cons

    incompetent mid/technical/discipline managers. Some leaders lack direction yet seem to have no problem getting promoted due to connection

    Advice to Management

    Stop being rhetorical and actually implement real solutions to issues raised


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Project Controls"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  5. "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good overall stable company

    Cons

    middle management is ignored when they are not qualified
    employees approaching 50 are not considered useful
    hiring of minorities is good, but often takes precedence over qualifications
    employees that are not producing or even working are allowed to stay

    Advice to Management

    please pay attention to groups that have the same complaint or issues and come forward


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Ok Company, 1 Horrible Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, full benefits, 3 Wks vacation starting, full reimbursement for school tuition (if manager approves)

    Cons

    low salaries, management does not listen to employee complaints, poor work moral (some groups not all) no clear way to measure employee success, promotions and raises are handed to "teacher pets", limited advancement opportunities- managers are no help, company is cheap no Christmas Party, NYs etc., internal movement to other departments WILL NOT HAPPEN regardless of experience or education

    Advice to Management

    stop being cheap pay your employees a fair wage, establish a system to measure success & reevaluate/replace middle management


  7. Helpful (1)

    "If you like to get paid 33% below market value, work here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. 9/80 schedule.
    2. 3 weeks vacation right off the bat.

    Cons

    1. They pay dramatically less then market value. I have friends in both engineering and accounting that get paid 30-40K less then market value, and I myself get paid 20-24K less then market value.

    2. There is no way to measure success here, those who join the LDN and make friends with high ups get promoted, others who don't and work hard, stay in the same position without raises forever.

    3. Even when there is a horrible manager in a group, upper management refuses to move them, they just send said manager to all kinds of "sensitivity training" that does nothing to improve anyone's situation.

    4. They say Spectra is the 7th best place to work in Houston, TX. If this is true, I am truly appalled at how terrible it is to work in Houston.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good, but could be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive corporate culture. Wellness and charity are encouraged and rewarded. People are very nice. For most positions, a 9/80 schedule or 1 day/week remote is allowed. Onsite cafeteria and gym.

    Cons

    Spectra hires good people, but not necessarily good talent. Under-performers who should be put on performance improvement plans or let go are instead tolerated and not dealt with effectively, which drags down the whole team.

    Performance reviews are somewhat BS. The scale is 1 to 5, but you're not allowed to rate yourself a 5, because "if you were that good, you should be promoted." (Well, maybe I should!)

    Advice to Management

    Crack down on under-performing employees who are wasting the company's money and everyone else's time. Attract and retain better talent. Improve the performance review process by not making the best rating off-limits--some people really are that good and should be acknowledged and rewarded.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sourcing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Development Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Talent Development Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, Mid-Size Company with good compensation benefits

    Cons

    High Turn Over Rate, No Room For Growth, Departmental Silos

    Advice to Management

    Take more value in the development and success of your direct reports. Give them a chance to grow instead of demand perfection. Give new employees no matter the onboarding type a detailed orientation to the company, position, team, and expectations.


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