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Spectra Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Ebel
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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. "Legacy Company With Legacy Ways"

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    • Culture & Values
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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."


  2. "Leaders only interested in themselves"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Salary and nice people

    Cons

    Too much work for each employee. Leaders are only interested in keeping their boss happy, even when the projects are nearly impossible to complete. Only fulfilling a checklist provided by the CEO. Poor transparency, no room for employee development

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees!!


  3. "Not a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spectra Energy full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation were generous

    Cons

    No employee development, no opportunity for advancement. So many layoffs that there is too much work for each employee

    Advice to Management

    Need to develop employees and given them opportunities


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Scheduler"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Scheduler in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Scheduler in Houston, TX (US)
    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. Helpful (2)

    "PSCM"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Project Controls"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planner Scheduler in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Planner Scheduler in Houston, TX (US)
    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.


  8. "Executive Administration"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)
    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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sourcing Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    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. "Meh"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. "Ok"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    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.


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