Royal Dutch Shell Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden
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Pros
  • Work life balance depends on your nature of job (in 88 reviews)

  • fantastic working environment with no differention between contract and perm staff (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Bureaucratic organization and decision making processes (in 40 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance is not pushed as much as they say (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits, and employees are very collaborative. Managers provide strong support to all staff, and opinion is valued.

    Cons

    The company can be too big, with a lot of process steps and "red tape" to deal with when delivering projects. Though this is getting better all the time.

    Advice to Management

    With the current challenges in the oil and gas sector, please ensure that the we maintain very positive image of the company


  2. Technical Project Lead

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Technical Project Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Technical Project Lead in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Royal Dutch Shell as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back working environment, interesting challenges

    Cons

    Lack of control of systems, too much bureaucracy, lack of strong management.

    Advice to Management

    Choice of hosting company should be reconsidered.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Top notch company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Mid Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, smart but supportive and collaborative bunch of colleagues. Generally fair treatment of employees. Super transparent and open even in most sensitive topics. Good job security. Very meritocratic. Fantastic pension (bit less so for newcomers). Surprisingly low level of bureaucracy for its size.

    Cons

    For long term employees a slow salary progression compared to job hoppers. Bit mad about Health and safety. Sometimes slow in making decision.

    Advice to Management

    Do not incentivise high potential people to leave due to meagre annual salary increases despite strong performance ratings (my case)


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  5. good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Culture Good Support for employees Passionate people good Compensation

    Cons

    No structured development of specific skiils - but full support on what and how you want to develop. Progression is slow


  6. Great company if the only thing that matter is security

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - job security - central location

    Cons

    - slow career progression - wage under market average - unchallenging work


  7. talent, not always best used

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Advisor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    important and big work, smart people

    Cons

    remuneration should be better and greater consistency in rewarding innovation and vision

    Advice to Management

    compete with google/reflect google if you want the great work that is being done in pockets to expand to the rest of the org


  8. Helpful (10)

    A place where your soul dies everyday. A place where nobody has a passion. A safe check every month (if you in IT)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Salaries are good (they used to be better). Flexible working available. If you are someone who is looking for a safe, average salary this is your place. If you want to stick with a very small piece of something big and nevery become an expert on anything, do apply. For new joiners: Graduate Scheme used to be top class. Now it is a collection of 2nd class millenials with low salaries and an extremely bad structured scheme. I have not met a single happy graduate in the last 6 years. Save yourself sometime and start working in a field you field passionate about.

    Cons

    Mediocre HR. The vast majority of the people do not really know what is it that they are doing. I have been working for the company for the last 16 years and I have seen how a great company goes down as one of the less exciting places to be on earth. Innovators, entrepeneurs, knowledge seekers are going to be swallowed by a very conservative corporate culture where guys that do not even know how to turn off an iphone are managing IT departmens or innovation innitiatives. For new joiners: They will tell you there are overseas opportunities, there are none. I am a senior manager in the company and even at that level, expat positions (or short term international assignments "STIA" are almost non-existent). For experienced hires: You will join with lots of promises being made, but reality is that you will be stuck in the same "job group" for 4 - 5 years when the average Shell employee is moving up the ladder every 2- 3 years. Once you are due for a promotion, they will trigger a "re-organization" and you will recieve a redundancy letter that will (mentally) force you to say yes to any internal offer they will throw at you. Be aware of HR. Really.

    Advice to Management

    1. Quit. 2. To those that stay there to lead the company: Innovate or be ready to dissappear in the next 20 years. 3. Outsource all of HR. ( and to those currently working there: you should be ashamed)


  9. Worked with lovely people, and smart people. Shell is slow to change with the times.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Management Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Management Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Royal Dutch Shell as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professionalism, remote working, great work colleagues, stability, communications, ethics

    Cons

    Too set in old ways. Shell is slow to change with the times and relies too much on past success and the old ways that brought that past success. That might not serve the ever changing world.

    Advice to Management

    Treat paid for advice from internal / external experts as advice for consideration and be less quick to ignore. Stop bad behaviour instead of rationalizing why it's acceptable.


  10. Shell Trading

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trading Operator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trading Operator in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Good work life balance. Great work. Good ethics.

    Cons

    Pay not as great for size of company

    Advice to Management

    Don't kill ambitions. Be more positive and daring.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazing corporate culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is a great place to work, and not always famous for that but usually employees are very happy and loyal. There is a big support for people's development, great benefits to move and realocate, most of the places offer great flexibility, meaning that you can work virtually, part time or sharing a role if needed and would be totally supported, etc.

    Cons

    The size of the company causes red-tape to be something usual. Is not as bad as in other companies, but still you need to talk with 1,000,000 before taking action



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