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Shell Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
285 Reviews

3.7
285 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great Company!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Enjoyed co-workers, good work environment and great pay. There is a lot to learn about the oil and gas industry and safety is a huge priority.

    Cons

    Wish that there would have been benefits as a contractor

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great people to learn from and work with!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Great people to work with in a global environment.

    Cons

    A highly collaborative work environment creating additional complexity and pace of change can be slow.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The Worst of the Big 5 Oil Companies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contracts & Procurement  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Contracts & Procurement in Houston, TX

    Pros

    A place where you can adapt to a dismal status quo and retire in 30+ years.

    Cons

    Their culture and status quo, cliche'd mentality, where you can waste your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership and management should be replaced by the new CEO. The internal hiring/promotion system should be eliminated to stop the leadership culture clones (management) from continueing to reinforce a bad culture that is incapable of competing in a commercial world. The "Engineers" have destroyed this company. It is public knowledge that Shell losses $200M per month, in unconventionals alone, which is why they sold their $2B Eagleford asset for $600M (public knowledge), and they sold their SE Kansas Arrowhead asset, pulled out of the Rockies, etc.
    Too bad they don't reorganize to remove the current leadership in N America, without which they will continue to always fall short of the other major's performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    Pros

    World class resources, smart coworkers, friendly environment. At Shell people are treated as an asset, not a liability like at other major oil and gas employers

    Cons

    Like with any job, if you work in a different country than where management decisions are being made, you'll be left out of having input. Managers across the pond will probably want to keep control even if that's not the best thing for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While lower level managers are in touch with what is going on and do their best to remedy issues, upper level management in many cases is clueless to the entire situation. Listen to your lower level managers, even if what they are saying isn't what you want to hear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Your 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Contractor's worst place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Houston, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Their 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to external candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Financial analyst intern for the summer of 2013.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great 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!!

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very 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.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shell

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Houston, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Micromanagement 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 ManagementAdvice

    Place qualified people into management roles
    Watch more and listen more, the folks you think that are brilliant are not really

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good place to work and raise family

    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    Pros

    great benefits and networks for employees

    Cons

    Could 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 ManagementAdvice

    none

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a positive experience for contractors, great for direct employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Houston, TX

    Pros

    As a Contractor - Learn quickly in short period of time b/c you either sink or swim. The ability to put Shell on your resume....does wonders. You have the opportunity to make many connections throughout Shell. As an Employee - great pay, benefits, etc. Overall, I think Shell is a great company for its direct employees. As a contractor you have to go in with the mindset that it is a tremendous stepping stone to greater opportunities.

    Cons

    Very defined line between contractors vs direct hire employees. Expect to be a "work horse" as a contractor, with no acknowledgement or reward other than being allowed to enter the building the next day. Management couldn't care less if you stay or leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more notice in the ENTIRE team. Contractors know that they are contractors. That does not mean you have to treat them as less than when it comes to opinions, changes in job positions, etc. Treating your ENTIRE team with respect and making EVERYONE feel that they are contributing to the groups success makes for a better work environment, less turn over, and most importantly, falls in line with the Shell values of integrity and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend

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