Shell Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Good people; flexible work schedule;(work - life balance; laid back atmosphere (in 51 reviews)

  • good pay and benefits, great goals on paper, beautiful speaches by the managers (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • work- life balance, fly in fly out (in 10 reviews)

  • too many layers in decision making (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Amazing company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Community and work environment. The people that Shell recruits are amongst the best in their respective fields and relationships are amazing and easy to make at work.

    Cons

    No cons to really note , but since I can't move forward without writing one.... Shell is competitive as it should be and the only con would be the low number of expat assignments available.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management.


  2. Really great

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Shell offers great stability and job security. The pay seems to be a bit above industry average. The people culture are great. It doesn't hurt being in the 4th largest city! Tons of career path mobility working at a big company.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to get decisions made, and there are people in some mid-senior level positions that should just go. There is definitely some cronyism and the feeling of an "old boys club" at times.

    Advice to Management

    We need more diversity. It's easy to be strong and big and steady, but new people from varied backgrounds can bring fresh ideas and innovation.


  3. geophysicist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great company , one of the major oil and gas. Offers greats perks and personal development

    Cons

    its very methodical and old school , very slow growth

    Advice to Management

    less generic training will make things more dynamic


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  5. Shell Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Technologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Production Technologist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, every other Friday off, great benefits

    Cons

    Big company, work moves slow


  6. Staff completion engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Completion Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Completion Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Training, great standards, excellent engineering manuals. Good life work balance. Great benefits and very good company to do a career. You always receive the proper tools to do the job. Excellent pool of professionals.

    Cons

    Appraisal process is mainly subjective. The individual performance factor given after the appraisal is decided in a competitive way forced by a mandatory average for all your group. You can delivered everything that was required and may still receive a bad result.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the appraisal process, define clear objectives and reward employees based on objectives achievement


  7. nice benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good salary and good benefits

    Cons

    a fair amout of bureacracy


  8. it has good points and bad points

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    lots of training, people are nice, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    internal software is frustrating, company is too big to make improvements and senior people say they support you and go talk to X, Y, and Z. Then X, Y, and Z will say "that's a good idea, it's important, I understand, but it's low priority". Even if it can save them millions.

    Advice to Management

    during the layoffs from low oil prices, refrain from talking too much. just say "oil is now $40/bbl when it used to be 100+" but when managers say they selected based on a personality matrix it's code for "by how I perceive you and I can make any excuse that I want" which just frustrates and insults people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Workin at Shell

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Shell full-time

    Pros

    You get to see first hand how " favored" employees are treated, vs. the "ordinary" employees every day.

    Cons

    Funding for projects is controlled very tightly. Recent travel restrictions make it nearly impossible to work effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair, push back on foreign control.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Safety is their top priority. Great learning environment. Shell employs world-class technical people. Pay and benefits are well above industry average. Opportunity to travel and visit Shell operations around the world is beneficial.

    Cons

    Royal Dutch Shell is a group of companies and so, sometimes individual company "cultural norms" get in the way of a common RDS vision. Shell is a matrix organization, however, at times it lacks an ability to truly prioritize project work because of multiple inputs into the process. Consequently, everything becomes a priority which means nothing is a priority.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate processes and push decisions lower into the organization.


  11. No Loyalty to employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistic Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Logistic Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shell (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    High pay. Decent health Benefits.

    Cons

    Poor Business decisions, no loyalty to employees. Management is underqualified for positions held. Leadership is appointed by who they know, not what they know.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around comes around.



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