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"Bureaucratic, Political, and Very Technophobic"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great pay, great benefits, and decent work/life balance. For a baby boomer, it's a dream company. Also, since it's at the top of the food chain, just about any company will hire you with Shell experience on your resume.

Cons

Extremely inflexible and bureaucratic. Nothing happens quickly in Shell, and the inefficiency is costing them.

Very rigid job roles - you are a cog in a machine. People will sometimes get angry (to an unprofessional degree) if you push into their territory, even if it's better for the company. New ideas are not welcome.

"Reorganizations" every couple years of departments (and in 2009 the entire company!) keep the efficiency low and lead to a constant anxiety about job security.

Worst of all, the Peter Principle is hard at work in Shell. At the lower levels, people are sometimes promoted based on their past technical performance and not on their ability to manage people.

All in all, a Millennial's worst nightmare of an employer. Retention rates of new hires are very low.

Advice to Management

Your messages and plans are falling on deaf ears. The answer is less bureaucracy, not more. You have immense quantities of talent leaving the company because they're not being utilized or appreciated.

Other Employee Reviews for Shell

  1. "Good company!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits if you know how to take advantage of them. I saw lots of people grow their careers, some departments more than others.

    Cons

    Some management focuses on the wrong things, are maybe are not meant to be in management, is great people company, I guess your always one or two bad apples in the bunch

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees, not budgets, people is what makes the company run and succeed, get the best out of your employees by doing the same.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "As longs as you were not managed by someone from the good ole boys network, things were great."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shell full-time

    Pros

    Variety of interesting work; nice co-workers. Chance to see many areas of the company and different parts of the world. Salary and benefits were excellent. Opportunities for job training were also very good. Opportunities to work outside the US were also good.

    Cons

    Always rotating jobs; Company was always downsizing, moving jobs to foreign locations. entering a market to leave a few years later. Go ole boy network was alive and well. At times too many layers of management and very hierarchial.

    Advice to Management

    Too many politics and too many layers of management. Deal with entrenched old line management.


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