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Shell Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
326 Reviews
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326 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.  

    Great company, very laid back

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    Former Employee - Biomass Technologist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Biomass Technologist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Shell

    Pros

    Work-life balance is really taken seriously at Shell. The managers are very supportive of new ideas and innovation. They really treat people well by establishing a large level of trust.

    Cons

    They are way too concerned about non-safety issues such as walking away from a microwave when warming food. There are legit safety issues in a petroleum company, but they go overboard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shell

    Pros

    good opportunities and recognition.Good work culture

    Cons

    need to learn and understand the business and domain

  3.  

    Change is good but value loyal employees first...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shell

    Pros

    Benefits are good though no retirement benefits for Shared Services units

    Great training...

    Cons

    Prefer to hire outside leaders than upgrade existing employee, this demoralize current employees that are in the pipeline.

    Change is good but too much of change can topple the system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop leaders not hire from outside, it demoralizes your people.

    Value your employees because they value you.

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  5.  

    Big company with big company policies

    Former Employee - Support Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Support Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Got the experience working for a well recognized company. Worked on a huge trade floor and made good connections.

    Cons

    High turn over rate for contractors. Try to get a full time position. Management does not try to work closely with individuals - just want you to get work done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hit and Miss

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    • 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
  7.  

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

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    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
  8.  

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

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    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
  9.  

    As a public relations summer intern, I did learn a lot from this company and my supervisor. people are nice.

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    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Chengdu, Sichuan (China)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Chengdu, Sichuan (China)

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

    Pros

    structure, mentor spirit, benefits, comfortable environment

    Cons

    people issue, personal growth, office culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more efficient

    Recommends
  10.  

    A challenging experience

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    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
  11.  

    Great environment, terrible managment

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    • 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

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