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Shell Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.6 277 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Shell CEO Marvin E. Odum

Marvin E. Odum

(12 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people; flexible work schedule;(work - life balance; laid back atmosphere(in 46 reviews)

  • international exposure, opportunity to work in multiple projects, reasonable good pay and benefits(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Cubicles and limited parking; work-life balance an issue for some(in 9 reviews)

  • It is a large company so they are very slow in decision making(in 11 reviews)

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    The company is nice and the location is good. The company has good teamwork envrionment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStability and university like environment. The task is also interesting. Overall it is a good place to stay.

    ConsSome bureaucratic. The policy is rigid. Too much work and bad work life balance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working at Shell

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prospersonal growth, chill place to work

    Conslong hours, time off policies, deal with people who dont know how to put gas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company, many opportunities for technical or managerial advancement.

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsEmphasize personal and technical growth.
    Great career opportunities. Can either go a technical route or climb the corporate ladder.
    Opportunities to work with smart and talented people.
    Excellent values.

    ConsRegional headquarters in Houston :(

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Clerk 1 yr. Hard workers not rewarded, but pride in job I do

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Yuma, AZ

    ProsGreat store mgmt team w/ mostly hard workers, good return customer base

    ConsFranchise owner cheap; no raises, promotions, Sapphire POS ancient need updated one

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward hard working employees raises, promotions, do performance reviews of CSR's yearly as a tool to improve our skills/work habits, policies, ect. Replace old POS so we can process sales more efficiently, quicker! Less mistakes = less $$ / time loss; from entry level all the way to management & franchise owners! How can CSR's do an efficient, speedy job if their equipment is sub-par? Customers don't care (how some employees can get stressed, frustrated, even act rudely to them because) the registers, gas pumps, or fountain stations don't operate correctly! They'll take their business & hard earned money somewhere else! And I don't blame them one bit!! I would too! So l just ask for discussion & thought to how some major issues in retail stores can be solved with the ideas I mentioned above. When I have a great day at work, my customers see it on my face & hear it in my voice! My goal: make each customer happier than when they first came into our store! Go the extra step to help customers, co-workers! TEAM EFFORT!! Needs to be implemented hands on!! COSTCO policy is great example of better work environment creating positive results in many different levels of retail businesses! Circle K stores also have a few programs where hard work is recognized, rewarded & encouraged! I take pride in my job & work hard every day!! I hope I am setting an example for my co-workers, customers and most of all my 2 sons! Thank you & have a wonderful day! :-)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, great place to work.

    Consultant (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsWorld class resources, smart coworkers, friendly environment. At Shell people are treated as an asset, not a liability like at other major oil and gas employers

    ConsLike with any job, if you work in a different country than where management decisions are being made, you'll be left out of having input. Managers across the pond will probably want to keep control even if that's not the best thing for the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhile lower level managers are in touch with what is going on and do their best to remedy issues, upper level management in many cases is clueless to the entire situation. Listen to your lower level managers, even if what they are saying isn't what you want to hear.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, 4-year mandatory rotation system keeps good ol' boy network laying off talented unconnected folks

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    Prosgood pay and benefits, great goals on paper, beautiful speaches by the managers

    ConsYour fate lies in the hand of your manager that you landed for a four-year mandatory assignment. Your manager could've been hired through connections, he could've never managed people, he could've not have any experience in the work that he manages, and he could've been a postman that lied on his resume (all true). If the manager is a part of the good ol' boy network, let him be and keep praising him for every breath that he takes, and laugh at his fart jokes. Suggesting good and productive ideas is an acts of a voluntary suicide. DO NOT do smart things, or your will be viewed by your manger as a threat. Never question your boss if he is coming to work at 10 a.m. and leaves at 3 p.m. after taking a two hour lunch and paying for it with a Shell card. Never question your boss if he sends expensive bottles of liquor to his superiors as a holiday gift. HR is composed of of silent and scared college hires who wants to keep their high paying jobs in the company with a big name, at the cost of never raising any trouble and keeping the employees silent. Viva Good Ol' Boys network!

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt seems that the Dutch and European have a preference whether to stay in the same assignment after their mandatory term ends. The Americas don't function the same way, four-years assignments are mandatory. Perhaps the four-year system is not the best where the employee became a subject matter expert and excelled in his/her task. When the same employee is being forced to leave the department or to move to another country to keep a job, so that the rotation system can be kept alive, that takes away from the employee's contribution to the company and from the job stability. It is a bit hard to plan a family when the company can ask you to leave your job in four years just to keep the mandatory four-year rotation system going.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Clerk (Current Employee) Kalamazoo, MI

    ProsIt's great to work for a leader in the industry and be at the head of all things science and technology related. You can't beat being globally recognized and having a variety of great benefits.

    ConsCan be bureaucratic and hard to deal with difficult personalities at time but that comes up in any company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe direct with communication to upper management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Contractor's worst place

    Operations (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsIf you are a Full-Time employee, their benefits are outstanding. The company also places a high emphasis in the well-being of their employees.

    ConsTheir is a lot of people that look down at contractors. Also, if you work under Primary Services, be mindful that they don't care about you. They only care about their relationship with Shell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more opportunities to external candidates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Assistant Manager (Current Employee) Lexington, KY

    ProsThe company was privately owned by Traxx management. Very involved with employees and great training. They always promoted from within. I started as cashier and moved up to Assistant manager within 7 months.

    ConsThere were a lot of politics with District managers if they did not like you then you might have issues such as not getting support you need or getting promoted to GM.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit hiring unqualified lazy managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    9 years with Shell

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat compensation, and diverse job opportunities. Reasonable work life balance, depending on the type of career you are looking to have.

    ConsIf you are looking for advancement, there is less opportunity to balance work and career. More "Europe focused" leadership and development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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