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Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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Pros
  • The work life balance at the company makes working for them truly pleasant (in 22 reviews)

  • Positive work environment with great people (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Supply Chain structure is somewhat confusing (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor transparency, no room for employee development (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Stable company. Good people. Solid community involvement. Excellent Benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely low salary. Communication can be lacking.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Supply Chain"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Flexible Work Schedule

    Cons

    5 years ago it was a good place to work, in Supply Chain. In 2012 it turned into a wild political game with lost focus on day to day business and more about departmental agendas. It's sad really.

    Advice to Management

    Don't scratch your head wondering where all your talent went. If you don't allow organic growth, you will lose people. Funny how everyone pushed for the leadership development network, yet the company always looked to the outside to fill positions.

  3. "Legacy Company With Legacy Ways"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time

    Pros

    +Stable job with great benefits
    +Not competitive environment
    +Coworkers are nice and helpful
    +Lots of people with very many years of experience

    Cons

    -Very hierarchical
    -Promotions are experience-based rather than competency-based
    -Risk averse company and people

    Advice to Management

    Spectra is stuck in the 'old way of doing things.' This is most likely because of the ease and experience with traditional methods, and the comfort-level with 'how things have always been done.'

    Experience goes a long way, but natural gas transmission is not rocket science. While it's important to have a solid workforce with experience, encouraging innovation is essential to attract and retain talent.

    Why wait 6 years if I only need 1.5? Spectra's (assumed) answer: "Because it's always been done that way."


  4. "Accounting"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interested in employees growth, great people to work with, open door policy, great benefits, 9/80s

    Cons

    Salary is below market. Spectra is now Enbridge therefore I do not know how the benefits will be like in the next year.

    Advice to Management

    Great management in Controllers.


  5. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and enjoy the 9-80 work schedule.

    Cons

    I can't think of any real Cons.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Location is very good. Good area

    Cons

    Merged with Enbridge. Lots of uncertainty.


  7. "IT Tech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work environment and work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to gain experience in different roles

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company culture under Spectra, but have huge concerns about Enbridge"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, excellent work and life balance. People are very friendly here and it runs like a family. Management cares what you say and it has open door policy. HR is trustworthy and it rarely can be seen in other company. 9/80 schedule is wonderful aspect to have to not only give employees and family flexibility but also save the commute and gas from environmental prospective. Employee loyalty and moral is high under current Spectra culture.wonderful aspect to have to not only give employees and family flexbility but

    Cons

    Not too much cons under current Spectra environment and culture. Have huge concerns about Enbridge US, especially saw reviews written by Enbridge employees and hearings about Enbridge culture. Non-existing 9/80 schedule at Enbridge is very big disappointment, hope Enbridge management could consider and respect the current Spectra culture and 9/80 schedule

    Advice to Management

    Wish good Spectra culture can be adopted by the Enbridge management. In the end, people shall the key to the company’s future. Employees’ loyalty and trust are essential and that shall never be overlooked by the new management.


  9. "Great place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    competitive salaries, supportive management, interest in work/life balance, very good benefits, encourage movement to new positions.

    Cons

    Not very many to speak of


  10. "Great company but unstable"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Saint John, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Saint John, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Most employees have been around 30+ years, since Westcoast Energy
    - Very satisfying work, diverse projects
    - Fantastic compensation, benefits and pension
    - Company really encourages internal hiring, making it easy to move around or up
    - Great work life balance, all overtime is compensated and not too much overtime unless your department is not well managed

    Cons

    - Company has changed too much. From Westcoast to Duke, to Spectra, now to Enbridge
    - Hiring poor management who cannot deliver and makes their staff miserable
    - Not a lot of desirable working locations in western Canada
    - Company runs very bare bones in all departments, causing people to be unable to do their jobs

    Advice to Management

    - Stop hiring so many contractors
    - Need to hire and attract more effective managers rather than settling for ones that struggle in their role and cannot lead a team


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