Royal Dutch Shell Reviews

Updated July 3, 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. Helpful (1)

    shell

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Dutch Shell

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    most staff are excellent, training is excellent, opportunities for international travel are there (although not always)

    Cons

    lots of procedures, safe, mostly a good thing but sometimes to the point of ridiculousness (particularly for office activities), very prescriptive in their career paths- once you are in one stream it's very hard to switch


  2. Helpful (1)

    Enterprise Learning

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    Current Employee - Senior Leader in North Canton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Leader in North Canton, CT

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

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

    Pros

    Committed to developing their people. Pay an benefits are excellent. Relocation and travel opportunities abound.

    Cons

    Everything is over-engineered, even the most minute decisions. Takes a long time to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify. Empower people.


  3. finance advisor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Finance Advisor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time

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

    Pros

    Inclusive culture
    Flexible schedules and work life balance
    Competitive pay

    Cons

    Large organization so sometimes processes are slow

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Pretty Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits package, very large integrated company, focuses a lot on D&I, job progression, work-life balance for parts of the company

    Cons

    Work life balance for other parts of the company (i.e manufacturing), unfair salary ranges across the company, favoritism, ill-qualified managers and refusal to change bad mistakes

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you look at not what someone is saying but actually doing. Get rid of managers who are clearly not fit for purpose faster. Stop swinding the pendulum so much when it comes to people. We shouldn't take 3 people's jobs and make into one to later make into 3. Make up your mind.


  6. Project

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Dutch Shell

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. As with most large companies your experience will be based on those who you work for or with.

    Cons

    A lot of restructuring - seems to happen every few years. Also linked with O&G market so downturn does affect company.


  7. Shell Houston

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    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Up to 10% 401K match after +10y

    Cons

    401K match starts with 2%


  8. Procurement with Shell

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Dutch Shell

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with lots of stability and little chance of being let go.

    Cons

    Individuals often promoted for the wrong reasons.


  9. Excellent company with outstanding benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I worked at Shell for 10 years. The company truly values its employees and is committed to work/life balance. Employees are encouraged to take training classes (paid) on a number of subjects, even if the subject matter was not directly associated with you current position. The goal of training is to develop you as a person, make you a stronger employee and enable you to continue to move up in the company.

    Because there are so many divisions within Shell, I was able to work in organizations dedicated to training, chemical sales, retail station management and many others. This was wonderful exposure to a number of areas of expertise and a multitude of opportunities.

    Cons

    Multiple levels of bureaucracy make it difficult to get anything done quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease the amount of "red tape" necessary to get basic things done.


  10. Great Company to Work For

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Land Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Land Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell

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

    Pros

    Stability in an ever changing oil industry

    Cons

    Lack of Advancement once in position

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for advancement.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to be a part of an innovative company and the forefront of the global energy industry. Opportunity to work across the world and work with people from all over the world in a diverse work environment. Opportunity to work with some of the greatest minds and most talented individuals in the industry. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Somewhat slow in reaction to the market. Some parts of the organization can feel rather disorganized. Lack of accountability. Employee performance review lean towards presentation as opposed to tangible results.



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