Royal Dutch Shell Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
420 Reviews
3.9
420 Reviews
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Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance does not exist in several expat postings (in 84 reviews)

  • The working environment is good and all the colleagues are nice and professional (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Slow decision making and bureaucratic organization (in 36 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place for Upstream Oil anf gas career development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell

    Pros

    World class work culture and environment, exxellent training structure.

    Cons

    Remuneration at the lower end of the scale compared to competitor companies in the same class.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should take a closer look at personnel surveys. A lot of helpful feedback tends to recurr year in year out without noticeable action being taken.

  2.  

    Great experience...a lot of positive change to keep up with technology and competition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    It's great to work for a leader in the industry and be at the head of all things science and technology related. You can't beat being globally recognized and having a variety of great benefits.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic and hard to deal with difficult personalities at time but that comes up in any company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    They are very caring and respectful in the workplace and other enviroments.

    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Accountant in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Guaranteed satisfaction with service, insurance and so forth.

    Cons

    Not the best job locations , but very minor prob.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    No Moral code, management care only about their careers, but great colleagues

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Royal Dutch Shell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Had some of the best times here with outstanding colleagues and very knowledgable people - good community spirit and advanced in technology.

    Cons

    After HR screwup on visa's and broken promises, and 13 years of service, Shell abondoned me and my family overseas via a teleconference ! ......management have no morals and do not care one iota about their staff, which is why good managers are very short-lived in Shell before moving on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that your staff are the best asset in your organisation - that inlcudes the extended family that support the working partner whom travels the globe to support the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Performance Targets

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Company works to keep salaries up to par with other majors.

    Cons

    Promotion based more on meeting organizational promotional targets than performance. Annual reviews are targeted to that theme as well. Mid-career individuals are lumped together making feedback more skewed and perfomance less impactful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Dutch Shell full-time

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lives according to good values

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Holds 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.

    Cons

    Some administrative processes are too complicated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people who truly deliver good results

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to have a career

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    Current Employee - Manager Engineering  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager Engineering in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions when it comes to capital

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simplify 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    No freedom of speech

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time

    Pros

    No Pros worth mentioning at this time

    Cons

    Politics and lots of discrimination around minorities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Decisions 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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