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Shell Houston Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (16)

    "Just Like All Other Big Companies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including bonus, stock purchase, employee clubs and network groups... with top of the totem pole feels.

    This company really cares about SAFETY as well as its employees. Employees are rather well taken care of and consist of a diverse group as its operations are all over the world.

    Cons

    Extreme glass ceiling syndrome, no way will you become the next big wig unless you are Dutch gentlemen.

    Oil industry is hit particularly hard over the last few years, and it shows. Most coworkers work in constant fear of losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    When you genuinely care about your employees, it goes a long way.


  2. "Great company to work for, some management issues"

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

    I worked at Shell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - very competitive pay and benefits
    - flexible schedules (9/80)
    - interesting technical work
    - team oriented

    Cons

    - upper management disconnected from technical teams (and their needs)
    - large size can be an issue (communication across organization, slow to change)
    - tend to lose experienced staff during cutbacks

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you understand what the people on the ground do to provide value. Retain more experienced people during cutbacks, or capability will suffer.

  3. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Demand Planning Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Demand Planning Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries & work life balance

    Cons

    High number of Layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Trust more in employees


  4. "It is a good company and they treat their employees fairly well in terms of salary and various perks."

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has a global presence so there are opportunities to work in other parts of the world, if that is appealing to you.

    The company is healthy despite the struggles of the oil and gas industry globally.

    The company has a healthy culture in terms of general respect for employees (disrespectful interaction and abusive interactions are generally frowned upon), family and work/life balance is important, increased cultural diversity seems to be a focus.

    General safety in all respects is VERY important. The company spends a significant amount of time and money preaching safety in everything that is done. While this is no new or surprising for a terminal, off-shore, work operation in the field, the same laser focus takes place in the office buildings with all employees- accountants, finance, secretaries, etc. For instance, if one is walking down a set of stairs, you are required to hold the handrail. If you don’t and someone sees you, then the may say (politely), “Please use the hand rail”). The idea is to keep people safe at all costs and creat a culture throughput the organization where safety is more important than profits and “efficiency”.

    Cons

    Organization is generally slow in terms of making decisions and very process heavy in just about everything. Sometimes simple projects approvals / decisions are difficult to obtain.


  5. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Allow you to change jobs every 4 years so not stuck in a rut.

    Cons

    Too much instability in energy jobs right now. Shell has outsourced finance, IT, customer service, etc. Lots of jobs sent overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Not always honest to employees. Employees distrust management.


  6. "Many Changes"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff are resilient -- and really try to adjust to the simplification changes.

    Cons

    Losing friends during reorganization or move is a bit stressful

    Advice to Management

    Take a breath -- time to adjust is needed -- going fast is not always the answer.


  7. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people worked there before leaving.

    Cons

    Moved all 55% of all IT jobs to India for permanent primary hub, and no real development career jobs in the US any longer.

  8. "Wonderful company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Project Services Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Services Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    She’ll hired the Smartest people.
    We engage in Challenging projects that provide energy to the world
    Forward thinking company
    Strong individual development opportunities

    Cons

    The company is euro-centric and has a European culture, which is fine, but can have strange quirks at times.
    The industry is in a tough place right now and some job uncertainty exists.


  9. "Great Pay, Terrible Management"

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    Former Intern - Projects and Technology in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Projects and Technology in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shell as an intern

    Pros

    Shell is a large well established company which made the process of being onboarded go smoothly. I appreciated that.

    Cons

    The internship was way too structured. I didn't really have time to get to know Shell as a company, because when I wasn't working on my project, I was doing pointless HR stuff like surveys. I never had a chance to go to any social meetings or anything.

    Advice to Management

    Get better supervisors. My supervisor often left me in limbo and did not help me become acclimated to the company at all. Coming in, I was told they would. My experience was quite the opposite.


  10. "Giant Bureaucracy with excellent pay and work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits especially for the southern US
    Excellent work life balance- managers very respectful of workers evenings and weekdns

    Cons

    Internal moves decided by "caste system" that includes a set of high potential employees who have their own rules and are usually European
    Very little connection between work tasks and actual results due to long delays and complex web of decision making processes

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities to non European , non white employees to take a shot at upper management


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