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Updated July 26, 2017
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  1. "pretty good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shell full-time

    Pros

    safety is important, caring to the employers, great food,

    Cons

    as every office job, lots of time sitting down, office gossip


  2. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Recommends

    I worked at Shell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People, Great Benefits, A lot of Networks

    Cons

    Market makes it very unstable, constant Re-organization, Far commute

  3. "Cashier/cook"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The customers are great and being able to make them happy

    Cons

    The downside is not being able to have benefits from this job.


  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. "Intern start here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company
    Good internship

    Cons

    Hard recruitment process
    technology does limit candidates while on tests

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities for students to have insights


  6. "Controller"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shell full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and great team and environment

    Cons

    Moving finance stuff to shared service center


  7. "Operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shell (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Goood Company with benefits plus

    Cons

    No issues good place plus

    Advice to Management

    Good Company goals And safety

  8. "Terminal operations"

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    Current Employee - Terminal Operator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Terminal Operator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome company. Very professional, environmental conscience and job security. I feel like Shell cares about me and the value I add

    Cons

    Very busy, lots of OT expected


  9. "Not a great job for people that are 21"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Woodbridge, VA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Shell (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small atmosphere not many customers

    Cons

    general managers are not well rules are way to high for a gas station


  10. "Procurement Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay and Good Benefits

    Cons

    You really need to know someone to have future opportunities. Those that choose to be in the bosses inbox everyday seem to succeed better than those that stay quiet and do their job.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that you know the whole story and that you know about each of your long term employees


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