Shell
3.6 of 5 273 reviews
www.shell.us Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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Shell CEO Marvin E. Odum

Marvin E. Odum

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good people; flexible work schedule;(work - life balance; laid back atmosphere"
    in 45 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 8 reviews
  • "It is a large company so they are very slow in decision making"
    in 11 reviews
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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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    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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    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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    good place to work and raise family

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Prosgreat benefits and networks for employees

    ConsCould do better in company communications. Senior leaders change over frequently. open resourcing is quite elaborate but if you are not the chosen one it takes and act of congress to land a new position

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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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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    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 (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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    Excellent culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHigh sense support and promotion of professional growth. This company has it figured out when it comes to making all team members feel valued

    ConsThey need to be more open to newer technology. The old guard must get with the times and tech or they will lag in overall productivity. Every shut-in is avoidable in one form or another and there are so many tools at their disposal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's well known that most technology developers want a piece of the oilfield action. As a professional that spent a lot of time on 9 Deep water TLP's and several shelf rigs, I implore the management of SHELL EP Americas to please utilize all available technology to maximize all of your Safety and Profitability goals. However, I did see a large knowledge gap between upper (shore side) management and offshore management. I would like to see more high level tech training for offshore personnel. Other than that, keep up the great work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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