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  1.  

    Best work-life balance, some politics involved, would recoommend

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shell

    Pros

    -Travel to nice places at times (lots of miles/points)
    -Entrust a lot in each person
    -Excellent work-life balance
    -Not a huge amount of pressure every day
    -Excellent safety

    Cons

    -Competitive for minimal management positions
    -Expect lots of travel
    -Expect to move around permanently if you want to move up
    -Pay is just ok compared to competition

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great meeting people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shell

    Pros

    Hours and wages great work space

    Cons

    Better smoking area for the employees that smoke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Shell

    Pros

    Great people's culture. Global and diverse

    Cons

    Take too long in making decisions. Too many processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more diversity in upper management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not for me...

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Shell full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, highly motivated and career driven employees, nice, clean, secure campus. generous amount of vacation given upon hiring, being a European Company the work pace slows to "normal" during August and December. For degreed professionals you can be promoted within two years of being hired. If you enjoy a liberal, unstructured work environment - you will thrive at Shell.

    Cons

    Unstructured, constantly changing. Highly motivated and career driven employees - often apply for jobs so they can "travel the world" on Shell's dime. Vacation time and the every other Friday off is a joke. Employees are shuffled so rapidly that it is difficult to keep up with "who" has "what" job. I can't stress enough the high volume of emails that come in 24/7. Employees are so stressed they feel they need to work 24/7 to keep up. Dead end jobs for admins with only lateral moves available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you find something that works AND makes money stick with it. All the shuffling feels like an multi billion dollar experiment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Low Pay

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Cashier in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Shell

    Pros

    A wide variety of sweets and soft drinks to enjoy. I was especially partial to the nerds rope and mars bars.

    Cons

    I was poorly compensated and therefore unable to enjoy the aforementioned sweets. With a larger pay package I would have been able to sample all the treats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your cashiers adequately to allow access to all of the store's confections. Doing so would help keep up work place morale and contribute to keeping turnover low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    work life

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - Cashier in Rock Hill, SC

    I have been working at Shell

    Pros

    ok very easy laid back

    Cons

    low pay and no vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ok

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    no real career path. they talk the talk but never walk the walk. dismal prospects for women

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    Current Employee - Manager in South Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in South Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    big oil company with benefits and salaries which are average for the industry. Used to be run by skilled technically astute managers. Now they rotate MBA's who have little knowledge about the company of the specific area in the industry. They rotate managers every 2-3 years so employees are always training former biz consultants who have little knowledge of Shell values and culture of excellence which was a huge strength in the past. Bean counters everywhere who make so many missteps and are never accountable since they just move on. Great place to work if your are a clueless MBA posing in the energy business. Hope the new CEO clears the decks of pathetic managers who just try to create another level of useless effort for the employees. Lots of chiefs and too few knowledge workers since outside consultants have sold executives that having engineering skills is unnecessary for MBA's. Real STEM skills are no longer appreciated or valued. It intimidates the clueless bosses who were hired to count beans and become deal makers who have no idea that their deals fall flat so often but they just skip on to a new assignment without be accountable for the mess they cause. Seems awfully close to a BP model where dividends trump value every time due to finance/commercial running everything without vision or respect for employees
    .

    Cons

    same old boys club. They do not even try to id talent within their ranks unless you are in the old boy network. Lip service is paid to advance women and minority women is even scorned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your managers to account for advancing women and minority women particularly. Stop the stupid posting that says you have a job for 3 years. It is then just used to push out women and older workers when they reach their peak earning potential. HR is a joke. No one..not HR or management is tasked to keep track of talent and open posting is misused by mangers to play games with layoffs. They use this tactic to fire without cause and layoff without saying it is a layoff. Using the word redundant HR just lets you scramble to find a job without any support from management and HR is a powerless joke that is outsourced. Managers never have to explain to anyone when they make minorities or women redundant since your job is always posted for 3-4 years. You always are applying for your job every 4 years so forget about a career..they could care less. Go to a US company like Exxon or Chevron where they want talent to be career employees without playing games every three year or so. Shell reviews for performance are meaningless to employees. Watch out when you are late 50's and your peak earnings kick in since they use posting to eliminate longtime employees without cause or calling for layoffs. They eliminate long serving minorities and women using these tactics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Shell/Citi Fleet Fuel Program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Shell full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at Shell/Citi was a great position, it was a pilot program and a lot of perks but the program was pulled after 6 months.

    Cons

    We had to many Managers pulling in different directions. We were doomed form the start ! We kept running out of business cards, sales materials and back up !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want a program like this to work you have to SINK some MONEY into it! Be Professional and make your people look the part !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Dead end job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Cashier in Florence, SC

    I worked at Shell

    Pros

    It's a job to get by no 40 work week unless someone quits, constant shift changing without notifying employee afterwards.

    Cons

    Safety, Factorising, and racial discrimination

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More adversity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hit and Miss

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

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