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Shell Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
316 Reviews
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316 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good people; flexible work schedule;(work - life balance; laid back atmosphere (in 51 reviews)

  • international exposure, opportunity to work in multiple projects, reasonable good pay and benefits (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Cubicles and limited parking; work-life balance an issue for some (in 10 reviews)

  • It is a large company so they are very slow in decision making (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, great people

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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

    I have been working at Shell as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, manageable workloads, and hard work is rewarded.

    Cons

    There is a clear, deliberate divide between staff and contractors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A challenging experience

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

    I worked at Shell as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best part of this job was the opportunity to be part of such a large group/organization and the flexibility this position offered.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges for this particular position were working with a manager that did not know how to manage a group. This manager also did not understand what it was that he wanted exactly. There was no clear direction on the strategy of the group. In the beginning there was not enough communication on what the group needs were or how to go about obtaining them.

    There was also a huge cultural gap. Just because a manager may have many years experience performing in a particular role doesn't mean that they should lead groups. If a manager cannot effectively communicate the needs of the group they are managing, then there will be challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider selecting managers that have true leadership skills as opposed to managers that have credentials. Just because a manager looks good on paper doesn't mean that they can lead people or teams. People skills are much more effective when leading teams with different personalities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    PMO Analyst & Planner

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PMO Analyst Planner; DS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - PMO Analyst Planner; DS Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The people are truly genuine. Another aspect Shell gives opportunities to the staff to move around the company to keep giving them much experience. Global interaction makes the job a bit more interesting.

    Cons

    Strategic shifts sometimes take the best personnel out of positions they should continue in for a year or more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pressure Equipment Integrity in Deer Park, TX
    Former Employee - Pressure Equipment Integrity in Deer Park, TX

    I worked at Shell as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, open door atmosphere. There is so much to learn every day. Networking is a big part of the culture.

    Cons

    If you do not have an idea of how you want to develop, there is not much to lean on. It's up to you to create your own career development plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really do not have anything else to add. They are continuously making improvements already. Leadership opportunities are abundant there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Amazing experience working for Shell and Royal Dutch Shell

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

    I worked at Shell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked for Shell for almost a decade in a professional corporate function based in Houston. Overall, I really respect the company culture, the amazing people and how the company manages people. The Dutch influence has made the "respect for people" aspect of HR quite pervasive. They actually walk the talk. In Shell, you have a great degree of control over your career path. They post jobs internally and you are able to raise your hand for advancement if you are ready. I left Shell for personal reasons, but it was a difficult decision to leave the people that I met while at Shell. I would go back to Shell if my circumstances changed.

    Benefits package is top notch
    The 9/80 schedule was great way to manage work/life balance.

    Cons

    The organization is HUGE! It takes about a year to even understand the depth of the business and various projects. Because of its size, it can be a long career before you are able to take on bigger pieces of the business or into management, but it is a great company to get many experiences.

    The company has a reputation for having issues controlling cost, but the investors are pushing for greater control. Positive changes have been happening to get a handle on it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful people, excellent projects

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

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

    Pros

    Really enjoyed getting to work with such a diverse workforce. The opportunities to interface with international offices and staff are enormous and rewarding. The company invests in its employees and it shows. The dead-end managers are few and far between and the opportunities for growth are fantastic. Projects were always challenging and never boring.

    Cons

    Must be flexible to time zones and willing to work with multiple cultures. If you're looking for steady 8-5, this may not be the place for you. Even regular hour holders need to be prepared to roll with the punches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be open-minded about employee advancement. Don't get so caught up in the published career path projections that you miss great talent that can benefit your business units.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you're a P50 this place is for you.

    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The 9/80 is amazing. If you're good, you can fly under the radar and never work a Friday. The work is easy. I've noticed my 50% is everyone else's 100%.

    Cons

    Hard work doesn't pay off. This is a great place to work if you're interested in milking the system. If the Dutch don't like you, well kiss your career goodbye. It's a cult of Dutch people. Americans have to stay in position for 4 years, with no ability to move. Don't bring big ideas to the table either. Just do exactly as your Dutch boss says and you'll get a cookie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much to list here. The future is extremely bleak at Shell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    PTSE at Deer Park

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PTSE in Deer Park, TX
    Former Employee - PTSE in Deer Park, TX

    I worked at Shell full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Money, 9/80 Schedule, Long Term Benefits. Work is easy, very low expectations to achieve a normal rating. Can get paid a grip to sit on your butt, and crank out paperwork. Easy to be forgotten and have a good paying job doing minimal work if that is what you want. Healthcare benefits are good but expensive ($560 per month for health,dental, and vision)

    Cons

    Work is mindless due to all the complicated processes. No efficiency, no teamwork, no innovation. Engineers in the PTSE or RE roles are really admins. Most of these good reviews for Shell have to be for the Upstream business, because Shell Deer Park is the worst Manufacturing Site I have ever worked at for reliablity, safety, or cost control. If you are a go getter or like to bring new stuff and ways of doing things stay far far away, you will hate working at Deer Park. Don't believe the Shell Hype!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You won't listen anyway so who cares?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractor Beware!

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

    I worked at Shell as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's Shell, name benefit on your resume
    9/80 schedule for some departments/some work-life balance
    You will meet some nice filks along the way, build long-term friendships and associations

    Cons

    You can do better than this in the Oil and Gas Industry
    Contractors are underpaid, no benefits, non-inclusive environment
    Most managers "cater" to their favorites, doesn't listen to people who actually know something
    If you are an employee, you will have to "re-apply" for your job in some areas every two years or so
    People playing the game to get ahead, but they never do (sell-out) mentality, especially some minorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to people who actually have experience and know-how.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Development Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Shell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation & benefits package.
    Excellent career path and career development programs.
    Inclusive culture.

    Cons

    Positions get eliminated and reorganizations happen every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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