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Updated June 28, 2017
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Pros
  • They have got employee friendly policies which helps to provide work life balance (in 406 reviews)

  • Wonderful work environment and great people to work with (in 148 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance needs improvement (in 81 reviews)

  • Decision making usually takes longer time (in 114 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Long term money, retirement; but not employee centric"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The long term 20 year outlook is great. The Wealth program is there to provide a really fantastic retirement for employees. Depending on the team you are on the group can be motivational and team centric.

    Cons

    Not a place for short term (less than 20 year) employment. Teams are not communicative with other stake holding teams, groups within an umbrella of operations (i.e.: accounting, HR) do not know one another or what functions are held by individuals, so getting work flows moving is difficult. Getting decisions made is a heroic effort and takes a year of meetings to get all stake holders on board. Long term employees see this as "getting buy-in" meanwhile the plan being decided on is now out of date and new factors are brought in, all with no action happening. I know a co-worker in a different area that sat on 5 months of calls, only to have the final call to discuss who they would hand off the project to since no one could make a decision.
    If you can deal with these kinds of issues, the pay is steady and job movement is encouraged every 4 years so you won't get stale in a role.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage team building within the organizations, when people know faces and roles it is easier to be feel a part of the bigger team. Empower teams to make decisions and take action, rather than trying to get by in from every possible stakeholder, this will allow Shell to be nimble and quick moving. And when there are hiring freezes, but 3 people leave a department, consider the stress left behind. Allow hiring on an emergency basis, when your teams are stressed and there is no hiring, it feels like no one cares and everyone starts looking for work elsewhere. Consider changes to the wealth plans (short term incentives) that might entice the Millennial generation who we hope to be the future of the organization


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Good money if you can tolerate it"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Tons of mobility (if you live in Hague, Houston, or Bangalore)
    Great stock discounts

    Cons

    Bureaucracy from hell. You will never ever get anything done.
    Soul sucking as you realize you're just a cog in a machine you don't understand

    Advice to Management

    Greatly reduce complexities and focus on the bottom line. The organization could exist with half as many people and would run far better. Too many cooks in the kitchen justifying their own existence.


  3. "It's a good place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Floor in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Floor in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work hours and the available hours are perfectly accountable.

    Cons

    The job gets old quick. If you don't want much with your life then find a job that will make you want to work.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to get it in with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Belle Rose, LA
    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Belle Rose, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teamwork is a great influence

    Cons

    hours are brutal and long

    Advice to Management

    Step it up


  5. "Good Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Good leadership at some levels and departments.

    Cons

    Too much red tape and levels of leadership for expedient decision making. Be ware of clicks...


  6. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work culture, benefits, 9/80 work schedule, mentoring, training.

    Cons

    Not many. If the bureaucracy of large organizations bothers you, that would be a con.


  7. "Good company with good benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for advancement and locations all over the world

    Cons

    Ups and downs with the industry

    Advice to Management

    Don't be shortsighted when downsizing is being considered on a large scale


  8. Helpful (2)

    "good benefits, average management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, global opportunities, international connections

    Cons

    indecisive management; poor career development planning

    Advice to Management

    think about the business not about the politics. Do what is right for the customer, not what is right for your careers. in the end, they should be the same


  9. "Adaptive, Innovative, Supportive"

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

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

    Pros

    Shell supports my growth and development. My managers have all encouraged us to innovate. We adapt to a changing energy landscape and drive creativity within our organization.

    Cons

    It is easy to overwork yourself, because we have endless problems to solve.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take calculated risks and hold your employees accountable for the organization and execution of creative ideas.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Stay on Favour"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Responsibility at all levels. Learning and development pushed. Good work like balance. Fair compensation. Collaboration is expected - however, some directive is required.

    Cons

    Stay in the senior leadership graces or you will not advance. Re-org takes place every 4 or 5 years. Good people let go esp when they fall out of grace.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just promote favorites - or D&I candidates based on physical traits. D&I is much deeper than surface level.


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