Royal Dutch Shell
3.8 of 5 343 reviews
www.shell.com The Hague, Netherlands 5000+ Employees

Royal Dutch Shell Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

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Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance and some opportunity for overseas postings"
    in 66 reviews
  • "The working environment is good and all the colleagues are nice and professional"
    in 26 reviews
Cons:
  • "Line managers lack decision making capability and have no vision"
    in 29 reviews
  • "Career progression can be difficult in some sections"
    in 7 reviews
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Very good company to work for

Process Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsVery good pay and benefit package, vacation, etc. Good work/life balance, lots of challenging projects to work on.

ConsVery large company can lead to slow decision making.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Opportunities for everyone

Applications Delivery Analyst (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsI have been able to bring my whole self to work from day one at Shell. The D&I program makes that possible, and makes Shell a very attractive place to work for me. The people here make the difference.

ConsGlobalization and virtual environment has made working from home the norm, which is a pro and con in itself. Pro = flexibility, Con = more hours to cover multiple timezones, difficulty building relationships, loss of social fabric / community that we had 15 years ago

Advice to Senior ManagementBe willing to adjust if the new workplace model is not as successful in the US as it is elsewhere in the world.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell

ProsCollaborative, Diverse and Inclusive culture
Good work life balance

ConsPace might feel a bit slow to young professionals

Advice to Senior ManagementManager talent better

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Best Benefits in the nation

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Deer Park, TX

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

ProsGreat salary, great benefits, great work life balance and lots of opportunities globally

ConsVery tough work and number of very high level jobs trimmed a lot in past few years.

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

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Challenging but great place to work.

Project Manager (Current Employee)
New Orleans, LA

I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWork life balance, 401k matching after 9 years is excellent. Great salary, Strong commitment to safety. Friendly people. Lots of opportunities to travel or change career paths. Open resourcing allows to bid on next assignment ( also in cons). World class engineers and technology being used. Working in the cutting edge of technology upstream or downstream.

ConsField and plant facilities tend to be high stress. Unplanned shutdowns or events lead to long hours. Weak development program for experienced new hires. Graduate development is not the best but is improving. Difficult to make quick decisions without many managers buy in. Focus on safety can be excessive or be taken advantage of. DIY Career development programs lead to a non proactive HR.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the core competences of the business become more disciplined managers. Continue focus on lean and reliability improvement. Workers are being overloaded with non essential tasks, online classes safe driving, time sheets, etc etc. Push back on the Do it yourself trends and online learning.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Shell is not the best company to work for.

Associate (Former Employee)
Plainfield, IL

I worked at Royal Dutch Shell part-time for less than a year

ProsLots of Hours
Break whenever you choose

ConsSketchy during the evenings
Low pay for high danger at locations
Disorganized

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fulfilling and financially rewarding.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe overall compensation package including benefits is top notch. Shell works hard at bringing in talented individuals and places great emphasis on training and retaining that talent. I'm impressed with my colleagues' professionalism and creativity every week. 9/80 schedule ( every other Friday off) is amazing. Before I started, people would tell me that those who join Shell rarely leave. That may not hold quite as true as it used to but I've met plenty of co-workers who have been here 20 -plus years.

ConsCareer progression can be difficult in some sections. Be ready to try a new area in Shell after 3-4 years. Focus on opportunities that add skills to your resume no matter where you end up. As with any very large company there are lots of administrative tasks and processes.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to recognize the contributions that your employees make every day.

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Great company but will drive you crazy

Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood salary, benefits
Strong, Stable company.
Hiring process for engineers is tough and brings great people into the company.

ConsIt takes forever to do anything. There is a process for everything.

It looks like I will be asked to stay at my site for a total of six years. That is way too long for a first assignment and I don't think the assignment length will provide me with the breadth of experience that is needed for an engineering career in this industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut red tape. Shorter rotations for young employees.

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

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Finally found an employer I can see myself staying until retirement!

Category Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsGreat pay, benefits, and every 3-6 years you can have a totally new job in a new location any where in the world. Good balance of life and work.

ConsNot as exciting as a cpg company, but still not too slow.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on new employees as much as life long or new grad employees.

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell

ProsIn general, a good paymaster and take care of its employees. Takes account for the inclusiveness, diversity and local cultures and traditions and an equal opportunity employer

ConsNot much individual attention on employee's career path unlike some of the other leading multinationals unless the staff exceptional. In adequate succession planning and career path definition. Reluctant on cross country postings and transfers esp in the east side of the world.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove speedy of decision making.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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