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Updated August 19, 2017
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  1. "Lead"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Encinitas, CA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Encinitas, CA

    I worked at Shell (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful company great pay and love the people

    Cons

    The hours were crazy at timescale

    Advice to Management

    Have faith in your team


  2. "Data Management Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Data Management Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Data Management Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, benefits, retirement plan, and company environment. Schedule are flexible. Technical services department are not good with training. Better for Geoacientist careers

    Cons

    Progression is slow. Need at least 4-years in a position

  3. "night shifts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madera, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madera, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm going to college right now and I would like to work to help my family out in the same time while im in college. Thank you

    Cons

    It gets packed in the stores.

    Advice to Management

    I'm really looking forward to this job.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Houston Petroleum Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  5. "Good Pay, But Long Days"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, great people

    Cons

    Long days, little vacation, uptight management


  6. "Store manager"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Holland, OH
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Holland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Customers are great, very busy place to work

    Cons

    No help, no breaks, and no lunch, work alone

    Advice to Management

    Let person do the job they were hired for


  7. "Rascist"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Lagrange, GA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Lagrange, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shell (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will get paid weekly

    Cons

    Fire you over things that are not even in your control

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. That's all there is to say.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for promotions unless you are very connected. Unstable work environment, managers dream up project, hire people, then projects get cancelled, then people lose their jobs. Overall, very poor decision making, no accountability, young managers are not ready to make decisions, so they rely on "decision by consensus" or no decision at all. That's why Shell is going down.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people based of experience, knowledge and results delivered.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Completion Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Complete Deep Water Offshore Wells in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Complete Deep Water Offshore Wells in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a pension plan, pay is decent

    Cons

    Pay doesn't compare to smaller operators like BHP or Hess, and too many people trying to be chiefs and not enough Indians

    Advice to Management

    Look at minoritiy males to be put in upper management positions not just females


  10. "Shift manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Shell full-time

    Pros

    Easy to get hours in

    Cons

    High rate of employees quitting, poor management, no room for advancing in company


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