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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    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. Helpful (1)

    Shell Oil is stable but aggressive.

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    Current Employee - (too Identifiable) Learning Org Professional in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - (too Identifiable) Learning Org Professional in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    In 30 years I have never had a direct supervisor that I thought incompetent. While I have enjoyed some more than others, all of them were trying to make their piece of the business better. Some entry-level employees are difficult but they tend to not promote and attrit out the bottom.

    Cons

    It's easy to get into a pay band that doesn't include any physical peers, making it difficult to compare or see what your "competition" is like. Pay bands appear to be a little low and technical promotions slow. I've seen a lot of young people (I thought were "keepers") that left because they got impatient and could do better elsewhere. Being global, Shell struggles with multiple countries, cultures, languages. While they try to be respectful, there are a lot of things to miss and mis-understand.

    Advice to Management

    When a senior manager grows up in one business segment, they should develop a deeper understanding of the other businesses. Most of the businesses will necessarily have someone that is "not from us" at the top, but it helps when there is a relationship, not just a chain of command.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Number one priority is always safety -- for the public as well as the employee and contractor.

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    Current Employee - Senior Support Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Support Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are good people to work for and work with. There is mutual respect for each others professional point of view. Ethical and safe behavior is expected from all employees and is practiced at all levels of management. Input into decisions and work processes is encouraged and self-direction is expected. Although this is not true for most of Shell, Shell Pipeline in Houston still has private offices, which is a bonus. Shell Pipeline, like most of Shell in the US, is on the 9/80 (80 hours in 9 days) program where we work 9 hour days and get every other Friday off. Overtime is kept to a minimum. Also, bus fare (or parking) is subsidized.

    Cons

    The only downside I can think of is the commute to downtown Houston. Though I have done it for so long that I am used to it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a long-term view of business. Short-term gains may lead to long-term losses.


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  5. Shell - A stong company for a career

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tremendous amount of empowerment. The more successful you are, the more you can do. The people of Shell are tremendous to work with. 9/80 days are a real benefit (Trading - Lubes - Get with it...) Senior management is making a real effort to communicate to the employees, at all levels. Shell gets diversity. The most progressive of companies of all the ones I intimately know. Great information sharing. Very few co-workers that hoard information. Commitment of recruiting talent by VERY senior management.

    Cons

    Upper management gets it. First level supervision and management generally get it. Sometimes it is weak in-between. (Upside is that this generally corrects itself)

    Advice to Management

    Don't make detailed or technology decisions without feedback from the experts.


  6. Great employer, great culture, great compensation, great opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the culture, the international opportunities, the compensation.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, company strategy, volatile commodity environment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to weather the storm and get back to basics!


  7. Excellent company to work for with tremendous career growth opportunities.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CPFR Manager in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - CPFR Manager in Bentonville, AR
    Recommends

    Pros

    Customer focused with strong upper-level leadership support. Wide range of career opportunities nationally and worldwide. Strong and stable company with long history. Salary above average compare to similar position in area. Very good work life balance; minimum 40+ work week. Cross-training available; support to grow knowledge base. Financial benefit options positive.

    Cons

    Complicated supply chain across wide range of product lines. Large company; slow change progression. Political mine field between agendas/accounts. Health benefits lacking behind most companies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen and support members of team. Continue with excellent leadership during low and high stress periods. Need better team unity between Sales/CPFR/Category.


  8. overall great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great company to work for, goes above and beyond for it's employees. Good opportunities to move up and around within the company.

    Cons

    Extremely large company, it can feel like you get lost in the crowd. Only US opportunities are in Houston, Texas.

    Advice to Management

    Make all employees feel recognized and a part of the daily process. Build and expand your college recruiting programs to include more fields.


  9. well

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    Current Employee - Research Physicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Physicist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ok salary, work place, cheap city

    Cons

    sucking management, weather and etc


  10. Helpful (1)

    Exceptional

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Shell was a great work experience. The work environment was fair, respectful, and motivating. The daily work changed constantly, presenting challenges that kept me engaged. The pay and benefits are at the top of the industry. I am proud to have worked for and remain associated with this company.

    Cons

    Elimination of the retail channel I worked. Business strategies seemed to be move of a moving target than a concrete plan that we could stick to and drive the business.

    Advice to Management

    I would anticipate a need for a retail channel sometime in the future. I also believe that bio fuel and charging stations are now the "big box" fear that eliminated the retail channel, will eventually have a changing impact on the downstream market sooner than realized.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great company, great work environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Safety first. Managers have respect for others. Good work life balance. Excellent benefits. Very transparent. Good promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    As with most large companies, business decisions can often be slow. Sometimes decisions that affect North America are made from the Netherlands that may not make common sense.



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