Royal Dutch Shell

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Royal Dutch Shell Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
443 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance does not exist in several expat postings (in 88 reviews)

  • The working environment is good and all the colleagues are nice and professional (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.  

    Decent place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really depends what boss and location you work in.

    Cons

    Amount of cons truly varies depending on the location and boss you work for! Some interns had fantastic things going on, while others not so.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Relatively relaxed atmosphere, place where people respect you, freedom to speak your mind and supervisors seem to care about your work life balance

    Cons

    To many VPs and GMs inflating overall budget which results in reorgs. There is bias towards filling some positions with UK and Dutch residents which is anti D&I

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an improved performance management system, current one is approaching it's expiration date. Please do not get hung up on creating hubs in UK & Netherlands, it's perfectly OK to work remotely with the current technology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Worked with lovely people, and smart people. Shell is slow to change with the times.

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    Former Employee - Management Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Shell Trading

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    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay not as great for size of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Amazing corporate culture

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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work, with lots of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time

    Pros

    - Good learning opportunities
    - If you work hard, you'll be recognised and rewarded if you're at the lower chain of the organisation
    - Competitive salary/compensation/benefits package

    Cons

    - The organisation is shrinking in size, with the 3-4 year job rotation system you'll need lots of luck and networking to maintain your job within the company
    - Political, slow on decision making and constant rework

  9.  

    Salary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity , interresting job title

    Cons

    Working in a different environement

  10.  

    Good company to work for, with excellent opportunities and fast career progression

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Delivery Lead in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Delivery Lead in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lovely colleagues
    Good work/life balance
    Excellent salaries

    Cons

    Arrogance is very common, especially from senior and executive management.
    The good people always leave due to the high level of bureaucracy.
    HR are a waste of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees so you can be more in touch with their work and life balances and realize their problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Internship at Shell

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    Current Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefit of working from home was advantageous on Fridays. There are training programs in house for you to develop and they take you away for a grand dinner for your "welcome induction"

    Cons

    My "buddy" (who is assigned to you) was very cutting and did not know how to communicate sometimes. This may be due to him being originally from another country. It is a high pressurised environment compared to previous companies I have worked at.

    I don't think the assessment process at the end of the internship is fair and useful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink assessment process within the internship, in addition to moving teams midway to gain further experience would be better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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