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Shell New Orleans Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • They have got employee friendly policies which helps to provide work life balance (in 383 reviews)

  • Great work environment with needed facilities (in 138 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours (bad work life balance) (in 74 reviews)

  • slow decision making as complex authorisation structure (in 111 reviews)

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  1. "Good Pay for Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in New Orleans, LA
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Shell as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Above average pay for work. Team leaders and co-workers were great to work for.

    Cons

    Middle and upper management tend to micro-manage without fully understanding specific job priorities and protocols.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people who do the work do the work.


  2. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Drilling Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Drilling Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension, benefits, work life balance.

    Cons

    Not a lot of control over career path. Working harder doesn't really pay off other than job security.

    Advice to Management

    Show employees how you are being competitive against competitors.


  3. "Great compensation and work life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Subsea Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Senior Subsea Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay, benefits, 9/80 schedule, highly competent coworkers, work life balance, and fascinating technology to work with offshore.

    Cons

    Largely limited to New Orleans or Houston locations, huge company that is slow to make decisions and change, management doesn't communicate very well, performance rankings are more political and popularity contest oriented rather than business impact oriented, ups and downs of oil industry leads to numerous layoffs, IT infrastructure lags basic standards, data management/control is essentially non-existent.


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  5. "Graduate hire for drilling engineering"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Large projects
    Great training programs
    Good hours
    People are generally very nice to work with
    Lots of opportunity to work as an expat

    Cons

    Cyclical industry
    Red tape
    Political industry
    Too many people on one job can make it hard to get things done

    Advice to Management

    More transparency


  6. "Salary"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Safety Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Technical Safety Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good opportunity for overseas work

    Cons

    Sometimes can take too long for promotions

    Advice to Management

    Take more active role in advancements


  7. "Shell in the Gulf of Mexico"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Drilling and Completion Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Former Contractor - Drilling and Completion Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shell as a contractor

    Pros

    Great safety culture, information sharing among peers is good, access to management is good. Training programs are good.

    Cons

    Implementation of new programs has room for improvement, the field is usually behind from the start due to lack of information.

    Advice to Management

    Improve new program implementation to field assets. Make management changes more transparent.


  8. "Process Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of benefit to learn the industry from the ground up. Great benefits, salary is high as well. They can move you around if you stand out.

    Cons

    The work hours can be long, people are overly concerned with moving up. It can be very cut throat, and very political.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any real advice to management. They are doing a pretty good job, except the overhead structure seems to be very high.


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    "Operations Lead"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Leader in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Operations Leader in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shell (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company's employment contract typically includes a standardized compensation package that compares well to other employers in most locations in the U.S.

    Cons

    There exists a core group of middle management level individuals who offer no input opportunities to high performers outside of their constructed group and the outcomes tend to be 1) "business as usual" and 2) reduced employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Executive leadership should get in touch with the diverse backgrounds and experiences of proven individual performers on functional and strategic delivery teams. Executives and Upper Level Managers should assume more responsibility and accountability for the results directly related to professional development of everyone on the team, not just a select few.


  10. "Commissioning Lead"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commissioning Lead in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Commissioning Lead in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    pay was excellent and could not ask for better support from commissioning team. Also, working in New Orleans was an excellent adventure and I recommend the experience to all.

    Cons

    I was given the mandate to introduce 21st century practices and procedures in facility and systems commissioning to a group of direct-hire, long term employees, that unfortunately were adept in 19th century practices, along with resistant to change, mindset of employees

    Advice to Management

    when giving such a mandate, ensure authority for enforcement is also provided


  11. "Technical Writer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Zero micromanagement; reliable office spaces

    Cons

    Shifting responsibilities in a large corporations means things change fast, and often not for the best

    Advice to Management

    More communication to staff


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