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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Contractor Beware!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Shell as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's Shell, name benefit on your resume
    9/80 schedule for some departments/some work-life balance
    You will meet some nice filks along the way, build long-term friendships and associations

    Cons

    You can do better than this in the Oil and Gas Industry
    Contractors are underpaid, no benefits, non-inclusive environment
    Most managers "cater" to their favorites, doesn't listen to people who actually know something
    If you are an employee, you will have to "re-apply" for your job in some areas every two years or so
    People playing the game to get ahead, but they never do (sell-out) mentality, especially some minorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to people who actually have experience and know-how.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    tech manager

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    Former Employee - Tech Lead in Rexburg, ID
    Former Employee - Tech Lead in Rexburg, ID

    I worked at Shell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours, good people. Good economy.

    Cons

    underpaid. overworked no advancement ops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees have places to move up toward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Some annoyances, but hard to say no

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    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
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  5.  

    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

    I have been working at Shell

    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
  6.  

    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

    I have been working at Shell full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  7.  

    Health and Safety

    Former Employee - Health and Safety Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Supervisor in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Shell full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company was very good on keeping all employees trained on their specific jobs. I really enjoyed working and the benefits were second to none.

    Cons

    No down side. The company only wanted employees who could achieve. So if you wanted mediocre type work this was not the place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work you do with mid level leaders.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working at Shell

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shell

    Pros

    personal growth, chill place to work

    Cons

    long hours, time off policies, deal with people who dont know how to put gas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, many opportunities for technical or managerial advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Shell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Emphasize personal and technical growth.
    Great career opportunities. Can either go a technical route or climb the corporate ladder.
    Opportunities to work with smart and talented people.
    Excellent values.

    Cons

    Regional headquarters in Houston :(

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Locally owned and a joy to work with the public

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Albany, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Albany, GA

    I worked at Shell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We had the same customer base on a daily basis. We were locally owned so it helped our community.

    Cons

    When working as a cashier there is always the chance of robbery. You have to be careful. The night shift is always the scariest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was lucky to work for some of the best people. They were very kind and understanding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Worst of the Big 5 Oil Companies

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

    I have been working at Shell full-time (more than a year)

    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

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