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Shell Reviews

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a positive experience for contractors, great for direct employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Houston, TX

    Pros

    As a Contractor - Learn quickly in short period of time b/c you either sink or swim. The ability to put Shell on your resume....does wonders. You have the opportunity to make many connections throughout Shell. As an Employee - great pay, benefits, etc. Overall, I think Shell is a great company for its direct employees. As a contractor you have to go in with the mindset that it is a tremendous stepping stone to greater opportunities.

    Cons

    Very defined line between contractors vs direct hire employees. Expect to be a "work horse" as a contractor, with no acknowledgement or reward other than being allowed to enter the building the next day. Management couldn't care less if you stay or leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more notice in the ENTIRE team. Contractors know that they are contractors. That does not mean you have to treat them as less than when it comes to opinions, changes in job positions, etc. Treating your ENTIRE team with respect and making EVERYONE feel that they are contributing to the groups success makes for a better work environment, less turn over, and most importantly, falls in line with the Shell values of integrity and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Needs clearer direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Good people in general to work with.

    Cons

    People are afraid to speak up in general unlike rest of Shell outside the USA. Workload can require weekend work as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out matrix organization and clarify roles and responsibilities. Considering setting up US business unit as as more independent business unit without having to report on everything to London or The Hague; this will make the company more nimble and responsive and will improve the culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work for as a beginning engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very good Benefits Challenging rewarding

    Cons

    very long and odd hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to professional engineers

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best experiences of my life.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best things at shell are the work/life balance, loyalty, exciting new projects and they really care about their employees.

    Cons

    The only one I can think of is the pace at which decisions are made sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing and focus on cost savings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    god place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    Very little outside corporate influence as to operational control of stores

    Cons

    Didn't experience too many downsides to managing stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nne

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    What a great place to work. The people are fantastic, the company culture is great and the opportunity to learn new things and grow is always there if you want it. I thoroughly enjoyed working at Shell and would return there in a heart beat.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities to become in a higher roles.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but sometimes can't get out of the way of itself.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Shell is a global company so it is far reaching.. The pay is good and once you learn how to navigate the system there is room to move. They are going through a restructuring and it is impressive to see the effort they put into making sure everyone has a job.

    Cons

    Shell is a global company. They have so many processes it takes a lot of money, time, and effort to get something done which is what I meant by they can't get out of the way of themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people that are doing the work and not the mid-management filter that has lost touch with the basic idea of oil exploration and production.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great pay, slow processes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great pay and safe career path

    Cons

    Very slow to get things done. Bureaucracy is huge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead weight slack.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Relationships = Politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pays well and there are some great, intelligent people to work with. Peers are really what made work bearable.

    Cons

    There are terrible people to work FOR. Advancement is based on who you know and how much you "deliver", even if what you deliver is only the minimum to move things along. This is how bad managers are able to become managers.

    For a company that claims to be innovative, it is sadly behind the curve. No one really wants to improve processes or be revolutionary, they just want to get things done.

    Don't expect special career or development opportunities unless you are a "chosen one."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get away from group think. Stay true to your message of diversity and appreciate diversity of thought.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shell

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Good people; flexible work schedule;(work - life balance; laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    Unfortunately becoming too bureaucratic with all the processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately too many bureaucratic processes. Changes in management and organization every year.

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