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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Shell Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shell

    Pros

    Good company with lots of movement opportunity .

    Cons

    Long hours and few days off sometimes.

  3.  

    Amazing experience working for Shell and Royal Dutch Shell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 3 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
  7.  

    PTSE at Deer Park

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    Great place for first time job

    • 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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and managers were nice. Very structured company from supervisors to managers.

    Cons

    Pay is a minimum wage. Very little incentives to work hard because no promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within

  9. 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
  10.  

    A gas station job is not something to go into with positive expectations.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk in Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Springfield, MA

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

    Pros

    - Fairly laid back during overnight shifts.
    - The job itself really isn't difficult at all.
    - Meet a colorful array of customer personalities.
    - One free hot dog per shift.

    Cons

    - Not the cleanest place to work at, despite having to vigorously clean it daily.
    - During the day it is no longer laid back and can actually become busy to the point of stressful at it's worst.
    - Cigarette and lottery ticket count at the start and end of every single shift becomes mind numbing very quickly.
    - Nearly every single consumable item in the store is terrible for you.
    - You have to watch waves of people all day long buying and consuming aforementioned terrible food. It gets depressing after a while.
    - You can be tasked with working the fridge and freezer on a whim even if you aren't prepared for the cold (like not having a coat) and have to spend prolonged periods of time in them.
    - Gas station hot dogs are disgusting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so shy about considering a pay raise for someone that genuinely does a really good job and is committed to excellence within a kingdom of filth and disappointment. You will be less likely to lose them later on.

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

    Excellent employer

    • 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 as an intern

    Pros

    salary is really good here in the company

    Cons

    hierarchy is ther ein the company

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