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Good company if you are the right type of person

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

I have been working at Shell

Pros

If you come in as a "high potential" and are very young, you are golden in this company. Once you have this label you can essentially do no wrong -- even if you perform poorly, it is perceived that you have just been put in a job that does not match your strengths. Also, if you want to come here and just be an OK performer and never be promoted, this is a good place to be. You can park here and be forgotten for 10 years without anyone noticing.

Cons

If you are not a designated "high potential", and there are many reasons that this can happen that have nothing to do with your actual real life potential or performance, then it can be very challenging to be promoted or even move laterally into positions that are seen as glamorous. Even if you perform very well, your raise and bonus will never compete with a high potential who does poorly. If this sort of thing gets under your skin, then do not come to Shell, because it is rampant -- there is a 2% ruling class that gets everything and if you are not in that club very shortly upon joining (again, many reasons this can go the wrong way -- for example if you have the wrong manager who runs the evaluation process the wrong way) then it will never change.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get consistent about evaluating employees' potential or do not do it in a systematic way at all. Get better at communicating the reasons for change -- that doesn't mean more polished presentations and speeches, it means getting real with people about business needs and leaders taking the initiative to talk to people face to face one on one in their daily work lives.

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    Interesting work; decent work-life balance; lousy benefits

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    Former Employee - Shell Trading  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Shell Trading in Houston, TX

    I worked at Shell

    Pros

    Interesting work

    Low stress level

    Decent work life balance

    Good support for professional development activities

    Generally decent folks to work with

    Cons

    Way too bureaucratic

    Too much focus on form (Do your Power Points look a certain way?) over substance (How
    competent you are, What level of enthusiasm do you bring to your work, Do you possess a more compass, etc)

    Lots of discussion around career support and development, but did not translate well in day-to-day practice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply higher standards to individuals when making promotion decisions - Focus more on competence and high moral character than an individual's connections

    Strengthen the employee benefits packages - not competitive, especially with other large energy companies

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I had really great experiences at Shell

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

    I worked at Shell

    Pros

    Great training available, great collaboration tools to use. If you are open and good at networking, you will have lots of good opportunities

    Cons

    As with any company, Shell will hold on to jobs that support its core competencies during lean times, so if you are not in that type of skill set, you will be challenged staying, even if you had good reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are lots of people that are disconnected from leadership. Currently, I believe that management was forced to make severe cuts and lots of the remaining employees are feeling a strain as the cuts may have been a little too deep. I would really pay attention to the way the pendulum has sung from promoting Work/Life Balance to something that people are now very challenged with working less that 50 to 60 hours in a week.

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