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Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.6 277 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Shell CEO Marvin E. Odum

Marvin E. Odum

(12 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people; flexible work schedule;(work - life balance; laid back atmosphere(in 46 reviews)

  • international exposure, opportunity to work in multiple projects, reasonable good pay and benefits(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Cubicles and limited parking; work-life balance an issue for some(in 9 reviews)

  • It is a large company so they are very slow in decision making(in 11 reviews)

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    Good company, 4-year mandatory rotation system keeps good ol' boy network laying off talented unconnected folks

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    Prosgood pay and benefits, great goals on paper, beautiful speaches by the managers

    ConsYour fate lies in the hand of your manager that you landed for a four-year mandatory assignment. Your manager could've been hired through connections, he could've never managed people, he could've not have any experience in the work that he manages, and he could've been a postman that lied on his resume (all true). If the manager is a part of the good ol' boy network, let him be and keep praising him for every breath that he takes, and laugh at his fart jokes. Suggesting good and productive ideas is an acts of a voluntary suicide. DO NOT do smart things, or your will be viewed by your manger as a threat. Never question your boss if he is coming to work at 10 a.m. and leaves at 3 p.m. after taking a two hour lunch and paying for it with a Shell card. Never question your boss if he sends expensive bottles of liquor to his superiors as a holiday gift. HR is composed of of silent and scared college hires who wants to keep their high paying jobs in the company with a big name, at the cost of never raising any trouble and keeping the employees silent. Viva Good Ol' Boys network!

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt seems that the Dutch and European have a preference whether to stay in the same assignment after their mandatory term ends. The Americas don't function the same way, four-years assignments are mandatory. Perhaps the four-year system is not the best where the employee became a subject matter expert and excelled in his/her task. When the same employee is being forced to leave the department or to move to another country to keep a job, so that the rotation system can be kept alive, that takes away from the employee's contribution to the company and from the job stability. It is a bit hard to plan a family when the company can ask you to leave your job in four years just to keep the mandatory four-year rotation system going.

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

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    Great place to work

    Clerk (Current Employee) Kalamazoo, MI

    ProsIt'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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe direct with communication to upper management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Contractor's worst place

    Operations (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsIf you are a Full-Time employee, their benefits are outstanding. The company also places a high emphasis in the well-being of their employees.

    ConsTheir is a lot of people that look down at contractors. Also, if you work under Primary Services, be mindful that they don't care about you. They only care about their relationship with Shell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more opportunities to external candidates.

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

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    Assistant Manager

    Assistant Manager (Current Employee) Lexington, KY

    ProsThe company was privately owned by Traxx management. Very involved with employees and great training. They always promoted from within. I started as cashier and moved up to Assistant manager within 7 months.

    ConsThere were a lot of politics with District managers if they did not like you then you might have issues such as not getting support you need or getting promoted to GM.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit hiring unqualified lazy managers.

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

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    Financial analyst intern for the summer of 2013.

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGreat real life work experience
    Felt like part of the team and my work was meaningful for the company
    Very nice people! everyone willing to meet and give career advise
    9/80 time off schedule allows every other friday off! Best thing ever!!

    ConsSit at your desk all day besides the occasional meeting.
     Very low amounts of interaction with others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery distant from the lower workers.
    Only talked to my supervisor, didn't know or seem interested in any members of the team that did the behind the scenes work.

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    9 years with Shell

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat compensation, and diverse job opportunities. Reasonable work life balance, depending on the type of career you are looking to have.

    ConsIf you are looking for advancement, there is less opportunity to balance work and career. More "Europe focused" leadership and development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood salary, 9/80 schedule, investment on people and technology, benefits, life balance, opportunities to work internationally, highly skilled professionals, upper management is ok

    ConsOrganization is still quite complex. Additional changes are required to truly simplify the company and make it more competitive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not hesitate to make the changes that will be good for the company and most importantly stake holders

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

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    Administrative Assistant

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Deer Park, TX

    ProsWonderful environment, Safety is a top priority.

    ConsSince it is a large company, communication is vital for consistancy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unfriendly hostile work environment

    Engineering Intern (Current Employee) Sewickley, PA

    ProsLooks great in your resume. A lot to learn on your own. If you are no more than 2 years to get your college degree can lead you to another internship; otherwise no renewal of internship.

    ConsHard to find affordable housing. Lack of training: You are given a computer and manuals and do it yourself. You are suppose to know as much as a Doctor in your field. Very little support from buddy or supervisor. A lot of books to read. Hostile work environment. Not friendly at all. Process oriented. Poor training. Expect a lot from you. Advancement is based if they like you or not. Intern salary really low for a big oil company. No housing provided so you are on your own with only $5,000 allowance (not enough money to help you with relocation and housing). No life work balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease do not put young recent college graduates with no experience as buddies or supervisors since they do not know hot to treat interns with respect and they do not have enough technical knowledge to train interns.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Shell

    Senior Buyer (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsBrand name everyone knows
    9/80 Schedule
    Some people are smart and you will make some friends for life

    ConsMicromanagement from people who want to be more than they truly are
    People walk around all day for "coffee" and restroom breaks, they can't possibly be working
    Many need an "audience" to hear themselves talk
    Not what it used to be
    Very gossipy and clickish in some areas, a complete turnoff if you don't do "mess"
    Not very good if you are a contractor, will not get recognized for what you contribute
    Pay is far below competitors
    People can take a two hour lunch and no one notices that they are gone for that long

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlace qualified people into management roles
    Watch more and listen more, the folks you think that are brilliant are not really

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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