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Shell Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
322 Reviews
3.9
322 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hit and Miss

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

    I have been working at Shell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    World Class Corp. that does many things well. Many opportunities to move career path and location. Shell is committed to workplace safety to some degree. They pay well and occasionally recognize great performance. Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    The management structure is very narrow with too many managers and not enough workers, so when productivity appears low or a new CEO arrives, then a new or recycled program/reorganization gets implemented. This can be frustrating because these decisions always come from the top down without any input from the people doing the work. Highly technical people are not appreciated or respected unless you are a manager of technical people. Getting ideas implemented can be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the layers of management. If top paying career paths are only managers, then you will only be left with managers. Your top performing technical people will leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    It can be hectic at times but always something new to work on.

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are on par with other companies of this size. Performance is rewarded and there are constant opportunities to expand and grow. Management is transparent and open to new ideas.

    Cons

    As a typical large company they are slow to change and frequently rehash/rename old programs that didn't work the first time around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most locations are severely understaffed and the quality of work performed by oversees contracts fails to meet expectations but is masked by fluffed metrics. Take some time to build back up the workforce and hire experienced workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Goal Zero means Safety First - everyone should go home the way that they arrive

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

    I have been working at Shell full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Shell cares for and supports the people of Shell. We're not just a number. In every meeting, we hold a safety moment, sharing something that can make us safer at work, on the road and at home.

    Shell hires the best people... People you will know and respect and enjoy for the rest of your life. No matter the work you do in Shell, you will generally find good people to work with. When times get tough, deadlines need to be made, another change initiative comes through, it's you colleagues that get you through. Your a team. You grow stronger with each other to deliver high quality product.

    Cons

    We have to stay in a job for four years, before we can move to the next role. Of, course a reorg will occur at some point during that 4 years which may enable you to move to a different role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to care for your staff. Shell holds the loyalty of its staff because of the care. We are not a number, like one of the other majors treat their employees as.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment, terrible managment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Shell as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, office is alright. People are very friendly and there is a family atmosphere around.

    Cons

    Management is a pain. Tough to get new ideas proposed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more attentive to lower employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  7.  

    Not bad to start out with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had an amazing mangager

    Cons

    Unsavory customer base, potentially dangerous work environment.

  8.  

    Shell, best place to work

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

    I have been working at Shell full-time

    Pros

    Committment to excellence, safety, and quality

    Cons

    JUST THE LONG HOURS IS ALL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    PMO Analyst & Planner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  11. 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

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