Shell Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
289 Reviews

3.7
289 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Shell

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Hague, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in Hague, NY

    I have been working at Shell as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good job opportunities, good salary, training

    Cons

    Sometimes is it a little hierachial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Drilling Supervisor  in  Laredo, TX
    Former Employee - Drilling Supervisor in Laredo, TX

    I worked at Shell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Latest Tech and awesome training program, Very Intelligent employees

    Cons

    Ignorant contractors, vendors. Too many safety meetings on days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees more, lowest in industry

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Shell as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyed co-workers, good work environment and great pay. There is a lot to learn about the oil and gas industry and safety is a huge priority.

    Cons

    Wish that there would have been benefits as a contractor

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Shell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Very intelligent workforce

    Cons

    A lot of policies and rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Some annoyances, but hard to say no

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Shell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good job security, office culture is generally pretty relaxed. They say that work/life balance is important, and they mean it. You can have a lot of flexibility as long as you get your work done. There are opportunities to work almost anywhere in the world. Most managers are easy enough to work with and care about your professional development. The upper-level leaders are really committed and seem to do a good job. The new CEO looks like he'll do a good job.

    Cons

    The corporate stuff is annoying. It takes forever to move projects along or make decisions because a million people have to review or approve or something. It does matter who you know, even though they claim it doesn't. People who are identified as 'high leadership potential' get promoted at lightning speed, even though the process is supposed to be equal. There are some incompetent managers in middle management that make you wonder how on Earth they got there. If you're unfortunate enough to get one of those, your satisfaction with your job can go in the tank, fast. The feel-good nature of the company means it can be difficult to get honest feedback sometimes. It seems like no one wants to hurt anybody's feelings or say anything negative. People who have been here a long time are almost like robots. You can see it happen as the new hires get indoctrinated into the culture. If you put together any halfway decent piece of work that wasn't directly required, people act like you're a genius.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your employees are having a difficult time with their supervisor, manager, or someone they work with, take it seriously. You'll lose good people by not addressing those issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    You determine your own career path

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunities for overseas assignments. Pay is good, benefits really good. You can determine your own career path by choosing your next assignments. Shell E&P has every other Friday off. The development program for college grads is good. A variety of assignments the first couple of years exposes the employee to different areas of the company giving them insight into what area they want to move to next.

    Cons

    Some departments have workloads with too few employees to meet those deadlines within reasonable work hours. The pay is not in the top but packaged with the benefits it balances out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the number of employees on the team vs. the workload. Work-Life Balance is a must to retain your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Assistant Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Lexington, KY

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit hiring unqualified lazy managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Financial analyst intern for the summer of 2013.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Shell as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great real life work experience
    Felt like part of the team and my work was meaningful for the company
    Very nice people! everyone willing to meet and give career advise
    9/80 time off schedule allows every other friday off! Best thing ever!!

    Cons

    Sit at your desk all day besides the occasional meeting.
     Very low amounts of interaction with others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very distant from the lower workers.
    Only talked to my supervisor, didn't know or seem interested in any members of the team that did the behind the scenes work.

  10.  

    9 years with Shell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shell

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary, 9/80 schedule, investment on people and technology, benefits, life balance, opportunities to work internationally, highly skilled professionals, upper management is ok

    Cons

    Organization is still quite complex. Additional changes are required to truly simplify the company and make it more competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not hesitate to make the changes that will be good for the company and most importantly stake holders

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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