Royal Dutch Shell
3.8 of 5 341 reviews
www.shell.com The Hague, Netherlands 5000+ Employees

Royal Dutch Shell Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance and some opportunity for overseas postings"
    in 63 reviews
  • "Shell has a great working environment and corporate values"
    in 23 reviews
Cons:
  • "Line managers lack decision making capability and have no vision"
    in 27 reviews
  • "Very large company can lead to slow decision making"
    in 9 reviews
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Excellent Culture

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Royal Dutch Shell full-time

ProsI was the lead on a very complex and dynamic multi-platform offshore project in the GOM. SHELL's culture is a healthy blend of environmental accountability and personal improvement, with the major emphasis on SAFETY. I cant speak for all of their operations, but as far as i'm concerned they are #1 in the GOM.

ConsNot many that's for sure. To remain competitive in the world market they will need to become more diversified. Throughout the project that I supervised, many team members showed a willingness to trust newer technologies. However the older members tended to be a bit to "old school" in their approach. The technologies involved with making production equipment more efficient and profitable are more and more advanced, so the new tech naturally follows suit.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No freedom of speech

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time

ProsNo Pros worth mentioning at this time

ConsPolitics and lots of discrimination around minorities

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great benefits, good people and safety culture, but poorly managed.

Human Resources (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsThe total benefits package is nice- pension, 401k giving vs. matching, partnerships with leading healthcare providers. The caliber of most people is top-notch, and safety is not a catch phrase- it is truly ingrained in every aspect of work.

ConsDecisions are made very slowly due to the consensus building required. The result is lots of time planning, and less time executing. Shell takes a very elitist approach to Talent Management, and can be very opaque about decisions made.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet in touch with the realities of day-to-day business fundamentals, and spend less time in boardroom politics.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lives according to good values

Senior Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsHolds to good values rather than the bottom line
Considerate of family needs
Long term career with lots of opportunity to grow and do fascinating work
Compensation is consistent with the industry standards, which will provide a good income to raise a family.
You would with people that are very intelligent.
Is more humble than other oil companies.
Develops good relationships with communities.

ConsSome administrative processes are too complicated

Advice to Senior ManagementValue people who truly deliver good results

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

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Great place to have a career

Manager Engineering (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsSimply the best benefits, people focus of any company in the industry and over many companies outside the industry.

ConsSlow to make decisions when it comes to capital

Advice to Senior Managementsimplify and hold people accountable. Shell is focusing finally on holding people accountable for execution of work processes and to do them the same way everywhere.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Finance Manager

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Royal Dutch Shell

ProsGood brand, good development opportunity, decent pay

ConsPeople with networking skills grow more than people with real talent for job

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Being a Manager for nine and half years have taught me many great things

Clerk/Management (Current Employee)
Livonia, MI

I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell part-time for more than 8 years

ProsExperience of leadership and management

ConsMust be patient and the will to communicate and understand, must have a big heart to put up with people with different mentalitys

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Very professional enviornment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Royal Dutch Shell

ProsEasy going and very professional environment. The company cares a lot about its employees.

ConsSlow growth and limited opportunities to learn outside your work area.

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Tremendous global experience

Human Resources Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsEarly accountability and genuine commitment to developing my professional and organizational skills

ConsLess focused upon delivering results vs other successful companies

Advice to Senior Managementfind a way to pay attention to people who are giving so much to the company

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

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Stunningly dysfunctional

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time

ProsLooks good on a resume.

ConsCannot manage their business. Poor decision making. Over their skis with the projected pace of operations. Too many processes creating paralysis. Cash cow for contractors. Pay and benefits are mediocre for company of this supposed pedigree. Work/life balance? Forget it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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