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Royal Dutch Shell Reviews in The Hague, Netherlands

Updated June 22, 2014
Updated June 22, 2014
404 Reviews

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Pros
  • Work life balance does not exist in several expat postings (in 78 reviews)

  • The working environment is good and all the colleagues are nice and professional (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Slow decision making and bureaucratic organization (in 35 reviews)

  • Very large company can lead to slow decision making (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work environment, creative colleagues!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Rotterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    Pros

    - High Salary
    - Professional office culture
    - Plenty of career opportunities
    - Excellent internship experience

    Cons

    - Demanding work
    - Senior management is sometimes cold

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Easy to get a promotion after a few months

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    12 great yrs with Shell

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  The Hague (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Manager in The Hague (Netherlands)

    Pros

    Shell looks well after its staff. Attracts smart and well educated people. Very nice offices in The Hague (corp HQ) and Rijswijk (Upstream HQ) with free gym, in-house bank, hair dresser, Shell shop and great staff restaurant. Always travelled bz class and stayed in 4*+ hotels on intercontinental trips.
    If you are lucky to get selected, you can get into a long term career system that promotes you at each job change (4 yrs)

    Cons

    If you're interested into advancing your career, make sure to join the selected bunch (in Shell terms: L/C or SE potential).
    Slow decision making and bureaucratic organization. So better not rock the boat, unless the CEO asks you to.
    Anglo-Dutch style of management and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A diverse culture is not just created by executing a formal policy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Equality for all

    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  The Hague (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in The Hague (Netherlands)

    Pros

    Working for STO (Shell Telecom) before outsourcing the following was apparent.
    - contractors were treated equally and fairly
    - the company was as transparent as it could be about its outsourcing plans
    - fantastic working environment with no differention between contract and perm staff

    Cons

    shell doesnt directly hire its contract staff, this is done via agencies, getting a good agency is more thru luck than choice. There are some unscrupelous agenices out there who dont filter the benefits back to its contractors so its worth checking you are getting the best deal from your contract in terms of rate and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sadly feel you chose the wrong people to outsource too, looked at the bottom line of costs rather than those which could of brought real value and a realistic price.

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  5.  

    Working in a big international company with lot's of complexity and facing many boundaries when opportunities arise

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Advisor  in  Rotterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Finance Advisor in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    Pros

    Shell's business activities are very interesting, it has an open culture, the compensation in the Netherlands is above average, the people that work at Shell are very smart

    Cons

    Shell is overly complex, leading to lack of understanding in the organisation of how things work, Shell is very risk averse and lacks a commercial mindset, Shell has difficulty providing the right opportunities to it's talented employees which leaves many people frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce complexity in organisation, take more risk, hold people accountable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    HR Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HR Manager  in  The Hague (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - HR Manager in The Hague (Netherlands)

    Pros

    High calibre people, good terms and conditions, enterprise works hard to deliver against it's values

    Cons

    Achieving life/work balance can be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilise extended Shell talent network by considering inviting valued ex Shell employees to apply for interim, contract or temporary consultancy positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large programmes, long lead times

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager  in  The Hague (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in The Hague (Netherlands)

    Pros

    Large programmes with enough complexity to be challenging
    Many good people from various organisations.
    Truly global company, with people from all over the world and all sorts of culture.
    High standards and values, pleasure to work.

    Cons

    The large complexity often leads to suboptimal choices, which need realignment later. This leads to situations where direction is being changed often. Its always 3 steps forward and one or two steps backward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shell is too complex an environment to provide some off the cough advise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    fast opportunities, challenging environment and informal corporate culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  The Hague (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Hague (Netherlands)

    Pros

    - challenges + work are on a high level. Both complexity and intelectually
    - due to the companies size and difersity (business + locations) there are many options

    Cons

    - Size comes with the major "Con" that it is often too slow in decission making. You need to be patient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't care too much about how you are perceived by the mngt layers above you, but engage more with your subordiates and other teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall Shell is a very good employer!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Graduate  in  Rotterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Finance Graduate in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    Pros

    Culture, opportunities, training, learning etc.

    Cons

    Big company, process wise slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try small business unit rather than line of business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    General

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  The Hague (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Manager in The Hague (Netherlands)

    Pros

    opportunities to progress quickly and take on new responsibilities

    Cons

    Continual changes/reorgs can mean you are not in a job long enough to get to know it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Shell's benefits and perks are amazing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Toxicologist  in  The Hague (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Toxicologist in The Hague (Netherlands)

    Pros

    The employment benefits and perks are outstanding

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be daunting

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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