Spectra Energy Reviews

Updated 30 August, 2014
Updated 30 August, 2014
38 Reviews

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Spectra Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Ebel
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  1.  

    Excellent opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Division Engineer  in  Fort Saint John, BC
    Current Employee - Division Engineer in Fort Saint John, BC

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1- Great benefits , Vacations
    2- Good opportunities to learn about Natural gas and pipeline business.
    3- Plenty of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Remote locations;
     For young engineers, you have to be willing to relocate to Northern areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mechanical Engineer in Training

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Fort Nelson, BC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fort Nelson, BC

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Spectra offers great opportunity for hands on experience. Working at field operation locations is a huge benefit to gaining great work experience.

    Benefits and pay are on par with industry.

    Cons

    Spectra struggles to attract senior personnel due to perceived "undesirable" locations in Northern BC.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    This place SUCKS!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative  in  Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Administrative in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Six weeks holidays, good benefits

    Cons

    The 'manager' in my department was the worst micromanager known to man. No one wanted to work for this person thus a high turnover rate. There was all sorts of psychological abuse and bullying going on. I was not provided with sufficient training and struggled. How does one learn with a five minute overview on something complicated? There are way too many computer programs to deal with. The process to carry out work, even simple things, is a convoluted endeavour riddled by the run around from the many different departments. The company wastes way too much money on things, ie, having meetings at very expensive hotels and having them catered when it's really not necessary. Give that money to the United Way. Also, flying down to Texas was a waste since this program we were to learn was not even functional yet so we did 'testing' instead which begs the question "Who is running the show". There are positions there that a) there really is no need for; b) you wonder what that person does with the ridiculous title, ie, manager of diversity - what is that and is it really needed? If you have no personality, like an extremely conservative environment, enjoy getting the run around, this is the place for you. I could go on and on....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let 'managers' report to someone that works in a different country because it's harder to know if they are 'managing' people correctly. When someone complains constantly about an individual and it is known that they are a problem, get rid of them. They are costing the company money in terms of turnover and/or payouts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Spectra Energy has a good corporate culture. It invests in its employees, and has a relaxed work environment. The work life balance is good with the flex hours program where you can get every other Friday off.

    Cons

    The career progression can be slow. Management wants to be 110% sure that someone will excel in the role before they make the move. It can be frustrating waiting for the next promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid industry, ok company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and laid back work atmosphere.
    Mentorship program in place.
    Industry with lots of potential when gas prices pick up.

    Cons

    Opportunities to move up, let alone sideways, are few and far between.
    Management needs to encourage employee development & communicate with employees better, the only manager that I know did that left.
    I find it interesting that SET West has not been officially named "The employer of choice" in the media like Union Gas and the Houston office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue pushing the mentorship program
    Provide training for management so they can become effective leaders for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good overall experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Spectra Energy

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits plan

    Cons

    Non equitable treatment of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on being more progressive in developing leadership.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent working environment

    Former Employee - SAP BI Consultant
    Former Employee - SAP BI Consultant

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Client Technically Well-aware of SAP

    Cons

    Challenging Requirements but suppportive environment

  9.  

    Spectra Energy continues to grow and treats their employees fairly

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Spectra Energy provides a great work/life balance and supports its employees health and families. There is a lot of flexibility to move between groups/departments and learn new roles and grow your experience.

    Cons

    Timing is important when it comes to moving between groups and departments. Also, career progression can be difficult. Many folks leave the company looking for faster advancement or higher salaries. The company tends to lacks in that sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take pride in your employees and help them grow. There seems to be this consistent glass ceiling between employees, middle managers and upper management. Fear that if your employees start to know more than you, you will be replaced and thus, the management keeps their employees in check. That is when the rising employees begin to leave the company to search for more challenging and higher compensated positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Committed to a work/life balance environment.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Spectra Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work-life balance, office culture, great benefits, work schedule

    Cons

    Supply Chain structure is somewhat confusing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Run away ... Don't walk away from here!!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Spectra Energy as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    None... Well they are close to a bar... For you to drink your sorrows away after your day at work.

    Cons

    People spend more time finding reasons and excuses to not work than actually working, especially in Services Supply Chain. The Manager only worried about taking other people down than doing her job. Nothing ever gets done especially in meeting and employees just pass all the work onto contract workers to do. Worst place to work if you have any type of motivation, it will only slowly suck your life out of you. And if you are anything other than white you are doomed and will be stick doing the grunt work without any advancement while you see others doing nothing and complaining about their work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is nothing here I can say that they don't already know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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