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Updated February 27, 2017
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Pros
  • They have got employee friendly policies which helps to provide work life balance (in 368 reviews)

  • You will do very well if pay and benefits are your highest priority (in 63 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours (bad work life balance) (in 68 reviews)

  • everyone has their hand in the pot so the decision-making process is somewhat slow (in 105 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Shell is not just a job, it's a way of life which many are proud of."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. One of the best known brands in the world. One of the very few company logos in the world which does not need the company name to identify itself
    2. Great compensation and benefits package
    3. A culture built on respect for people
    4. International job assignments - a Shell career is a life journey in itself

    Cons

    1. As with most large corporations, there is an element of bureaucracy
    2. Some departments are quite traditional dominated by old veterans
    3. Employees are not pushed to grow, Shell is like a maze with so many career tracks - one has to seek out his/her own growth path - really think about it and follow with action

    Advice to Management

    1. Keep up the good work
    2. Make the company more youthful, give more responsibility to young competent performers, rather than relying solely on experience and age


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Shell Oil is stable but aggressive."

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    Current Employee - (too Identifiable) Learning Org Professional in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - (too Identifiable) Learning Org Professional in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    In 30 years I have never had a direct supervisor that I thought incompetent. While I have enjoyed some more than others, all of them were trying to make their piece of the business better. Some entry-level employees are difficult but they tend to not promote and attrit out the bottom.

    Cons

    It's easy to get into a pay band that doesn't include any physical peers, making it difficult to compare or see what your "competition" is like. Pay bands appear to be a little low and technical promotions slow. I've seen a lot of young people (I thought were "keepers") that left because they got impatient and could do better elsewhere. Being global, Shell struggles with multiple countries, cultures, languages. While they try to be respectful, there are a lot of things to miss and mis-understand.

    Advice to Management

    When a senior manager grows up in one business segment, they should develop a deeper understanding of the other businesses. Most of the businesses will necessarily have someone that is "not from us" at the top, but it helps when there is a relationship, not just a chain of command.


  3. "Shell has a fairly competitive environment"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Their salary is very competitive and good locations to work at

    Cons

    Very hard time moving up to management, takes possibly 8- 10 years

    Advice to Management

    If the company's making money, then i guess good job


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Number one priority is always safety -- for the public as well as the employee and contractor."

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    Current Employee - Senior Support Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Support Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are good people to work for and work with. There is mutual respect for each others professional point of view. Ethical and safe behavior is expected from all employees and is practiced at all levels of management. Input into decisions and work processes is encouraged and self-direction is expected. Although this is not true for most of Shell, Shell Pipeline in Houston still has private offices, which is a bonus. Shell Pipeline, like most of Shell in the US, is on the 9/80 (80 hours in 9 days) program where we work 9 hour days and get every other Friday off. Overtime is kept to a minimum. Also, bus fare (or parking) is subsidized.

    Cons

    The only downside I can think of is the commute to downtown Houston. Though I have done it for so long that I am used to it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a long-term view of business. Short-term gains may lead to long-term losses.


  6. "Shell - A stong company for a career"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tremendous amount of empowerment. The more successful you are, the more you can do.
    The people of Shell are tremendous to work with.
    9/80 days are a real benefit (Trading - Lubes - Get with it...)
    Senior management is making a real effort to communicate to the employees, at all levels.
    Shell gets diversity. The most progressive of companies of all the ones I intimately know.
    Great information sharing. Very few co-workers that hoard information.
    Commitment of recruiting talent by VERY senior management.

    Cons

    Upper management gets it. First level supervision and management generally get it. Sometimes it is weak in-between. (Upside is that this generally corrects itself)

    Advice to Management

    Don't make detailed or technology decisions without feedback from the experts.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Play hard, and sometimes do a bit of useful stuff"

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    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance, good compensation, and training! Every 2nd Friday is off with their 9/80 schedule. Some smarter folks avoid meetings on any Friday, thus you never know what schedule they are on and if they are ever in the office on Fridays.

     Most of the work is done through contractors, thus in reality it is not clear why an oil company would be penny pitching their employees. And Shell does not! A million here, another million there, thus it is far more important to ensure that people are happy and do not squander the money on contractors in order to retaliate.

    Cons

    Big and bureaucratic, but nothing is perfect. The IT systems are quite dated and crappy, run by some outsourcing shop in India or wherever. A lot of dead wood, that is quite proficient in the appearance of being highly busy at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Train employees better in people skills, otherwise clever contractors can often run circles around the folks who have been typical engineers their entire lives.


  8. "Great employer, great culture, great compensation, great opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Production Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the culture, the international opportunities, the compensation.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, company strategy, volatile commodity environment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to weather the storm and get back to basics!


  9. "Excellent company to work for with tremendous career growth opportunities."

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    Current Employee - CPFR Manager in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - CPFR Manager in Bentonville, AR
    Recommends

    Pros

    Customer focused with strong upper-level leadership support.
    Wide range of career opportunities nationally and worldwide.
    Strong and stable company with long history.
    Salary above average compare to similar position in area.
    Very good work life balance; minimum 40+ work week.
    Cross-training available; support to grow knowledge base.
    Financial benefit options positive.

    Cons

    Complicated supply chain across wide range of product lines.
    Large company; slow change progression.
    Political mine field between agendas/accounts.
    Health benefits lacking behind most companies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen and support members of team.
    Continue with excellent leadership during low and high stress periods.
    Need better team unity between Sales/CPFR/Category.


  10. "overall great company"

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, goes above and beyond for it's employees. Good opportunities to move up and around within the company.

    Cons

    Extremely large company, it can feel like you get lost in the crowd. Only US opportunities are in Houston, Texas.

    Advice to Management

    Make all employees feel recognized and a part of the daily process. Build and expand your college recruiting programs to include more fields.


  11. "well"

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    Current Employee - Research Physicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Physicist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ok salary, work place, cheap city

    Cons

    sucking management, weather and etc



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