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Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  • Poor transparency, no room for employee development (in 5 reviews)

  • People spend more time finding reasons and excuses to not work than actually working, especially in Services Supply Chain (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good midstreamer with uncertain future"

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

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable employer with good benefits and forward thinking on HR side. Good opportunities for those willing to move geographically and develop additional skills and knowledge. However you have to deliver the goods. Have seen some fast movers in this company which aggravates some people that believe you should get a promotion based upon time with the company, regardless of whether the experience is all of one type.

    Cons

    Due to stability associated with long term service contracts, you don't see the employment cycles. The upside is the stability mentioned above. The downside is that there are some folks that serve as "blockers" and the company culture in the past was to move them around to similar roles or leave them in place rather than aggressively performance manage them and even exit them. That has changed in the last 1 - 2 years and will change some more in the next 2 quarters with Enbridge taking over. I would expect work opportunities in next 6 months to be contractor type not employee until they sort out their organization and who will fill what positions.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful balancing the mix of Enbridge and Spectra employees in management. While both companies have common areas of operation like Ontario LDCs, they really don't haven't played in the same areas together (oil vs gas and regionally). Typical buyouts result in the buyer placing their folks in senior positions and exiting large pieces of the prior management team and midoffice. That might be a mistake here as remaining staff may not have the same institutional knowledge.


  2. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits and opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of travel.


  3. "Process Facilities Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Salary, Great benefits and good culture

    Cons

    Limited performance reviews and so on, need to have proper training grounds


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Scheduler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Scheduler in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Scheduler in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work processes. I've seen better developed processes at other companies.

    Cons

    Can't trust management. They are not upfront with job status.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat your contractors indifferently. They are a very valuable asset to your organization.


  6. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, plenty of vacation

    Cons

    Behind the times and not willing to change, too many 30+ years employees that like it how it is


  7. "Project Execution"

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

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

    Pros

    Great stable company who cares about its people, are considerate of work life balance, great people to work with, great benefits, lots of growth both for the people and the business

    Cons

    Because its so great the people never leave making it difficult to move up in the organization. The company is currently going through a transition so there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop and challenge the younger employee base and look for opportunities to incentivize in pay because currently there is no meritocracy and people find that very frustrating.


  8. "Run better gas companies to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Tech Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice People and use to have good benefits that will disappear once Enbridge takes over.

    Cons

    Very old school management waiting to retire so no decisions made and when made only if old school will approve. HR dept should all be fired takes over 3-6 months to hire anyone and usually end up with bottom of barrel because anyone good has already found another job before Spectra will set up interview. Hopefully once Enbridge takes over they will purge entire Houston & Nashville offices you would never know they are gone.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully Enbridge will purge them all.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Procurement Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PROCUREMENT SUPPORT SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYST in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - PROCUREMENT SUPPORT SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYST in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spectra Energy (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    people are wonderful to work with

    Cons

    No organization business organization in the dark ages


  10. "Sr management sets the tone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time

    Pros

    I always felt I had full accountability for my work. I didn't feel that I had to shape my analysis to meet a foregone conclusion.

    Cons

    Enthusiasm for showing up each day for work declined with new senior management from Houston.

    Advice to Management

    With purchase by Enbridge it's difficult to suggest a path forward.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Company; Best Place to Work for

    Cons

    Sold to Enbridge After Labor Day



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