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Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • They have got employee friendly policies which helps to provide work life balance (in 433 reviews)

  • It is a great work environment with dedicated and professional people who want to do a good job (in 150 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours (bad work life balance) (in 82 reviews)

  • Sometimes can be very slow decision-making (in 116 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Houston Petroleum Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Working for Shell"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shell full-time

    Pros

    Good safety attitude.
    OK salary pay master

    Cons

    Incompetent HR
    Extreme bureaucracy
    Very inward focus
    Talked incessantly about diversity. But look at the people in the board. Just one kind.
    lack commercial mindset and culture
    Talk work life balance incessantly but still conference call nearly nightly
    A very cold place to work. Politics ranks supreme

    Advice to Management

    Really concentrate on increasing shareholders value.
    Reward commercial mindset. Do it. Stop talking about it.
    Value employees as human that has feelings . Employees are not robots.

  3. "Store manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Rascist"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Completion Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Shift manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Perfect storm of imperfect"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    office furniture, fire drills....
    Did I already mention the office furniture?

    Cons

    You are free to go whenever you like

    Advice to Management

    Try not to think about it

  8. "pretty good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "What you get depends on location of employment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, excellent benefits, work experience has been extremely valuable

    Cons

    So many re-orgs, consistent job uncertainty; very much Houston/Hague-centric

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is a great individual contributor does not mean they are a good manager


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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