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Shell Overview

Houston, TX
10000+ employees
Company - Public (RDSA)
Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
$10+ billion (USD) per year
We are a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. We use advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future. Our headquarters are in The Hague, the ... Read more

Mission: The objectives of the Shell group are to engage efficiently, responsibly and profitably in oil, oil products, gas, chemicals and other selected businesses and to participate in the search for and development of other sources of energy to meet evolving customer needs and the ... Read more

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Shell – Why Work For Us?


There has never been a more exciting time to work in the energy industry. With a career at Shell, you’ll have a part to play in uniquely innovative projects through which you’ll be able to gain unbeatable experience.

We have a track record of world-firsts, from Shell Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant, to Prelude, the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas platform. In Canada, we are constructing Quest, the world’s first carbon capture and storage (“CCS”) project for oil sands operations and Shell’s first commercial scale CCS project.

These engineering achievements are projects from a business that genuinely promotes progress, where you will be constantly encouraged to explore new ways of thinking and working.

We are a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In Canada, we have operated for over a century and are Canada’s largest producer of sulphur and a significant oil sands developer. We deliver energy responsibly, operate safely with respect to our neighbours and work to minimize our environmental impact.

Innovation has made Shell a company of firsts: from sailing the first oil tanker through the Suez Canal in 1892, to designing and building the first floating liquefied natural gas facility today. We deliver ground-breaking projects and work in many challenging environments to produce oil and gas including oil sands, tight formations, deepwater and subarctic. We are also one of the world’s largest suppliers and pioneers of LNG (liquefied natural gas). Today we spend more annually on research and development than any other international oil company. This enables us to stay at the forefront of delivering technology solutions.

Sustainability is central throughout our businesses. Shell has voluntarily reported on our environmental and social performance since 1997– focusing on the challenges that most affect our business performance and matter most to our key stakeholders.

Safety is always our first priority. We aim to have zero incidents that harm people, or put our neighbours or facilities at risk.

Strong core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people drive our performance-based culture – fostering collaboration and inclusion across local and global work teams.

Rewarding career progression and development opportunities combined with competitive compensation and benefits to help balance your work and personal needs.

And our local and global scope of operations – spanning exploration, production, manufacturing and sales – will provide you a wealth of opportunities to work on exciting projects, shape your career path and discover your full potential. You’ll have the opportunity to work with people from all around the world, sharing expertise and points of view that will enrich your experience.

The scale of our challenge is exciting too. Global demand for energy is rapidly rising, and outpacing supply.  At Shell, we are committed to developing smart solutions to help close this gap and build a better energy future all around the world.

That’s why we’re in search of remarkable professionals, graduates and interns to join us. People who are curious to try new ways of working. Adventurous enough to continuously push the boundaries. Who have the tenacity to drive ideas forward.

Explore the remarkable opportunities at

An Equal Opportunity Employer.



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    Former Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
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    I was a late career experienced hire who worked for several years in a technical service group. When oil prices crashed, budgets, projects and technical services were cut, and lots of senior people were let go because there was no longer any work to do. From my perspective, severance timing and procedures were very generous and humane. I was lucky in that being near the end of my career the loss of my position was not as disastrous as it was to the younger staff affected.

    For earlier career professionals, company training courses and access to experts and mentors is top notch. Short term training assignments at other offices are also sometimes available. Prior to the price decline, there were numerous opportunities to apply for expatriate positions around the globe. Once prices stabilize, and the company completes its divestments, restructuring and absorption of BG, I suspect foreign opportunities will again be available.

    The new Houston offices are very nice, although adoption of an open plan is annoying and distracting. Flexible work hours and a 9/80 schedule were appreciated. However, when necessary, long hours can be required, but may be compensated later. My colleagues were generally nice, helpful, and very intelligent. I never had a problem with any member of management to whom I was exposed. They were all kind, fair and technically competent.


    As others consistently note, there is a considerable amount of bureaucracy, with multiple reviews and processes required for every project. This is no different than other major companies. One unique thing within Shell is the increased importance of cultivating one's professional network within the company for continued success. It was confided to me that management, when determining ranking and performance ratings, takes into account if others in the organization know of you, and what their opinions are.

    As a warning to earlier career professionals, re. Shell and most other majors, be aware that once one reaches age 50 one becomes increasingly vulnerable to industry downturns, particularly if one is at a higher salary grade on a technical ladder through either promotion or transfer back to technical from a management position. One should not assume one will be able to remain employed past 55. Also, strive to never make an enemy in management, as I have repeatedly observed they will always seek revenge during the next layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Rationalize the business and stabilize staffing as soon as possible. Maintain technical competence at all management levels. Assign younger technical staff to field locations in lieu of layoffs during downturns, as done by Oxy.

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Shell Interviews



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    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Shell.


    The questions were mostly behavior, and easy to prepare for. I would recommend googling past questions because they don't change often. Make sure you can answer behavioral questions well. The process is much easier if you have interned there and got an offer from an exit interview.

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Shell Awards & Accolades

  • Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award - Top 50 Large Companies, Glassdoor, 2017
  • Top 100 Military Employer - Gold Award, Military Friendly Employers, 2017
  • The Guardian UK 300: the most popular graduate employers for 2016/17, The Guardian, 2017
  • Canada's Top 100 Employers, Mediacorp Canada, 2017
  • Canada's Best Diversity Employers, Mediacorp Canada, 2017
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