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Bureaucratic, Political, and Very Technophobic

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great pay, great benefits, and decent work/life balance. For a baby boomer, it's a dream company. Also, since it's at the top of the food chain, just about any company will hire you with Shell experience on your resume.

Cons

Extremely inflexible and bureaucratic. Nothing happens quickly in Shell, and the inefficiency is costing them.

Very rigid job roles - you are a cog in a machine. People will sometimes get angry (to an unprofessional degree) if you push into their territory, even if it's better for the company. New ideas are not welcome.

"Reorganizations" every couple years of departments (and in 2009 the entire company!) keep the efficiency low and lead to a constant anxiety about job security.

Worst of all, the Peter Principle is hard at work in Shell. At the lower levels, people are sometimes promoted based on their past technical performance and not on their ability to manage people.

All in all, a Millennial's worst nightmare of an employer. Retention rates of new hires are very low.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Your messages and plans are falling on deaf ears. The answer is less bureaucracy, not more. You have immense quantities of talent leaving the company because they're not being utilized or appreciated.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Big Oil, no shortage of investment to the business

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    Former Employee - HR Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HR Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance
    great work environment
    process improvement always moving forward
    safety safety safety!
    9/80 work schedule
    excellent corp culture

    Cons

    hard to find someone to take ownership of an issue-
    seem to put too much emphasis on education instead of experience- a degree from an online university is useless
    no clear leadership in place- key employees hide behind years of experience and can't give direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone ins't working or following through on their responsibilities, fire them! Stop moving them from department to department.
    Need stronger leadership from team managers. Stop relying so much on contract labor to implement new policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    senior petroleum reservoir engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent oil and gas operating company with good people, excellent work environment, and excellent benefits, excellent growth opportunities.

    Cons

    not easy to get in contact with top managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management should make themselves available to lower workers

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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