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Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
285 Reviews

3.7
285 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing Company

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    Former Employee - Drilling Supervisor  in  Laredo, TX
    Former Employee - Drilling Supervisor in Laredo, TX

    Pros

    Latest Tech and awesome training program, Very Intelligent employees

    Cons

    Ignorant contractors, vendors. Too many safety meetings on days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees more, lowest in industry

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    This part of Shell is great, ample flexibility as long as you are committed.

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    Former Employee - Branding
    Former Employee - Branding

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home as stakeholders are not based out of the same location.

    Cons

    Talents that could deliver in their jobs are not retained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More get down to business and less politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in New Orleans, LA

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Very intelligent workforce

    Cons

    A lot of policies and rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    outgoing satisfied!!!

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    customer interaction I really like working with customer

    Cons

    being robbed at gun point

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    was offer but i got sick

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people to learn from and work with!

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    • 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
  8.  

    Some annoyances, but hard to say no

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good job security, office culture is generally pretty relaxed. They say that work/life balance is important, and they mean it. You can have a lot of flexibility as long as you get your work done. There are opportunities to work almost anywhere in the world. Most managers are easy enough to work with and care about your professional development. The upper-level leaders are really committed and seem to do a good job. The new CEO looks like he'll do a good job.

    Cons

    The corporate stuff is annoying. It takes forever to move projects along or make decisions because a million people have to review or approve or something. It does matter who you know, even though they claim it doesn't. People who are identified as 'high leadership potential' get promoted at lightning speed, even though the process is supposed to be equal. There are some incompetent managers in middle management that make you wonder how on Earth they got there. If you're unfortunate enough to get one of those, your satisfaction with your job can go in the tank, fast. The feel-good nature of the company means it can be difficult to get honest feedback sometimes. It seems like no one wants to hurt anybody's feelings or say anything negative. People who have been here a long time are almost like robots. You can see it happen as the new hires get indoctrinated into the culture. If you put together any halfway decent piece of work that wasn't directly required, people act like you're a genius.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your employees are having a difficult time with their supervisor, manager, or someone they work with, take it seriously. You'll lose good people by not addressing those issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    The Worst of the Big 5 Oil Companies

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    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
  10.  

    Better than some, but not good enough

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Atyrau (Kazakhstan)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atyrau (Kazakhstan)

    Pros

    Huge amount of experienced people and information; good remuneration in unpreferred regions. Opportunity to progress in your career. Lot of information and support from leadership and information systems

    Cons

    A monolith - preach standardisation, but have to adjust everything for different regional Business Unit requirements and JVs; dyed-in-the-wool approach to business - "we always do it like this"; intellectualised HR that loses sight of normal people and should be pared back to a few core strategists and some administrators; many insincere people that nod heads in meetings, mirror the company line for career purposes, and are not brave enough to swim against the tide; treated like a commodity, and unable to see the value they badly need; continuously average/poor projects delivery. Much arrogance remains, with the staff/contractor superiority complex still alive and well after 30+ years of seeing it in force

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standardise on core elements of business process, but leave room for adjustment in the detail; debottleneck your processes - tiers of process and interwoven procedures, reset for every Business Unit/Project E.G Management of Change; downsize HR significantly. You are paying people for largely perfunctory performance, as people are just told to look at the way it was done elsewhere in Shell; JVs can't access Shell information, so all the cost and effort is often wasted. You need to understand your people and performance better, and the functions should do this, not HR

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

    The company is nice and the location is good. The company has good teamwork envrionment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stability and university like environment. The task is also interesting. Overall it is a good place to stay.

    Cons

    Some bureaucratic. The policy is rigid. Too much work and bad work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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