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Shell Reviews

Updated April 25, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Easy job. Bad Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Middleville, MI
    Former Employee - Cashier in Middleville, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shell (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work, shifts went by fast, always something to be done

    Cons

    Management at the place I worked was awful. The manager was very mean and always insisted on yelling at his employees

    Advice to Management

    Get a new manager


  2. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grayson, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grayson, GA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Shell full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work .

    Cons

    They do not offer benefits.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, many opportunities for growth and show your potential. Challenging and rewarding work. For the most part, management actually care about employees having a good work-life balance, but that depends on the specific area/group/manager.
    Diversity focused company - they make sure everybody's concerns are heard, which may lead to delays in making decisions.

    Cons

    The oil crisis has made an impact on the company. Multiple lay-offs which has caused uncertainty about job security among employees. Job opportunities are scarce at the moment. Pressure to deliver more work with less people and less money has created a lot of stress.


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  5. "Possibilities are endless if you have the right degree."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Chemist in Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - Process Chemist in Martinez, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're an engineer, you can be CEO one day. Flexible work for some roles. Salary is very good. Benefits are adequate. Multiple locations throughout the globe.

    Cons

    If you're not an engineer you'll be overlooked. Performance reviews are extremely biased towards those that are in the right role at the right time. I saved the site over $3,000,000 last year and that wasn't enough for anything more than an average performance review. Had I been and engineer, I would probably have been promoted and given a huge bonus. GE invented the performance review process Shell uses and recently GE gave up on it because it doesn't work. What does that say? It's not a bad place to work, you just have to want to play the corporate game.

    Advice to Management

    Consider valuing all roles, particularly scientists as much as you value engineers.


  6. "Bad management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not really any pros as the place does not strive to keep their workers.

    Cons

    Managers abuses schedules , favouritism, unmaintained equipments, place looks like it is falling apart, high turn over

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to go on courses on how to properly manage their environment and pay heed to staff when suggestions are given to improve work place. Also not to make it so obvious they are giving themselves shifts they want and that they should know who to call in to cover a shift.


  7. "Shell"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerk, Stock Clerk, Cleaning in Spartanburg, SC
    Current Employee - Clerk, Stock Clerk, Cleaning in Spartanburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's close to my home

    Cons

    No holiday pay, no over time pay even when you work overtime. My hours are short frequently on my pay check. No insurance or any benefits other than free fountain drinks or coffee. I actually don't know why I'm still there

    Advice to Management

    What management?


  8. "Opening Closing daily operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Antioch, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Antioch, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The customers smiling making customers happy

    Cons

    Having to sweep and mop on closing shift


  9. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay / benefits. Focus on safety.

    Cons

    Decision to off-shore many finance jobs. Losing much of the experienced talent pipeline, replacing with off-shore service centers and recent MBA graduates to reduce costs. This has been the situation long before the recent issues due to oil price drops.


  10. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for - training, development and challenging assignments are provided just as long as your performance keeps up. Most of all my line managers have been excellent - personable and very competent. Even with the unfortunate layoffs that are occurring right now due ot the low oil prices, I feel that Shell has treated employees with respect and have tried to be as transparent as possible.

    Cons

    As with any oil and gas company, when the price of oil dips, employees are at risk of layoffs (especially those supporting projects) and Shell is no exception. Sometimes there can be a lack of clarity around roles and responsibiltiies depending on which team you're on. Also, there are layers of management you have to go through to get decisions made, but I think Shell is trying to reduce this complexity and get more adept at making more fit for purpose and risk-based decisions.


  11. "Fantastic Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Legal Counsel in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Legal Counsel in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable; lots of perks; fantastic coworkers

    Cons

    European feel and mentality; foreign opportunities limited


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