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"Great benefits, good job opportunities, but some jobs are still being offshored to low cost areas of the world."

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Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Absolutely one of the best benefits packages, not just in the energy sector, but overall. By far one of the best 401(k) programs - especially the company contribution after 9 years of service. In addition, still has a traditional pension program.

Cons

Globalization of the company has offshored a lot of the work impacting jobs of employees in "high cost zones (e.g. USA, UK, The Netherlands). The jobs have moved to low cost zones such as Malaysia, India, The Philippines, Brazil, etc.

Advice to Management

Making decisions based on cost (and the expense and impact it will have on people and the workforce) alone may be great for the short-term, but you need to look at the 2-year, 5-year, 10-year and 20-year horizon. Can't afford to continue to be a reactive company with strong competitors out there such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total, etc. that are in a pro-actively leading position.

Other Employee Reviews for Shell

  1. "They call it "SHELL" for a reason."

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global Fully integrated Oil and Gas company. Sufficient resources to do work. Great employer for a career as a specialist in an exploration and production technology. Good general but limited in true details about important company activity around the globe, especially if negative. Management decisions are made by stakeholder concensus rather than command and control. This is to Shell's credit. No project or initiative fails, this is not possible. Shiney side is always up. Branding is unbeatable and clean restrooms are tops! Shareholders should expect more. Many jobs are moving offshore that should be good for other countries.

    Cons

    Comp and benefits behind competition, BP, Chevron and set for graduate entry. Very limited consideration given to experienced hires with 15 years plus. Numbers show Shell has difficulty retaining new experienced talent, and will struggle as baby boomers retire. Average age in Shell is high. Experienced talent goes to E&P independents with much better comp and benefits, Anadarko, Devon. Management acts in a vaccum. As no projects fail, only some of the involved are guilty and suffer. The appearance of the Shell is clean, shiney and swift. The reality, there is a great deal that goes on and is never brought to light.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Respond to meet the needs of aging workforce and gap from "the big crew change". Count your contractors. You have no idea of your total workforce numbers on any given week to within thousands. Analyze your projects, increase audit and conduct more postmortems they cannot all be so successful. Is exploration success really on par with apparent ability? Focus on hiring talent to do the work, rather than manage and direct.

    Get serious about work/life balance. Walk the talk.

    Performance management archaic. The company is not open to new ways and ideas.

    Workforce planning is dismal. only talking about bringing in and retaining talent. Internal postings receive 95% of the attention for internal development of career employees. No allowance that talent from the outside could provide fresh ideas and better perspectives to resolve problems or develop.
    Without being Shellacked for ten years survivability low.

    Understated reserves and poor exploration success has plagued the company for more than five years.


  2. "Office manager"

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    Former Contractor - Office Manager in Astana (Kazakhstan)
    Former Contractor - Office Manager in Astana (Kazakhstan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safe working environment, team spirit.

    Cons

    Quite a big office to maintain alone

    Advice to Management

    Share the workload and hire people who are less qualified

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