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Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • They have got employee friendly policies which helps to provide work life balance (in 367 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. "ER Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shell full-time

    Pros

    - Good networking
    - Good rewards
    - Healthcare cover
    - Final salary pension

    Cons

    - Constant organisational change
    - Competitive Environment
    - HR processes a mess


  2. "Great Friends - Average Benefits-Bad Senior Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people profile. Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful. Many given support for development.

    Cons

    Employee benefit policy is getting worse every year. Company even decided to collect company mobile phones back. Job grades are devalued, merit budgets are tighter.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving bad investment decisions. When there's a price to pay, you immediately start with re-organization, MOR, cutting jobs. There had been many reorganizations in the company for the last 7 years and job security has become a company culture.


  3. "Company review - Shell"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lovely people, dynamic environment, good pay, work/life balance, good work ethics

    Cons

    None that I can think of


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  5. "Great company but avoid for now..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great brand. global set up. smart people. good business ethics. strong reputation externally. provides stretching assignments to those who seek them.

    Cons

    decision making is very very slow. Importance and influence of functions way too high (HR in particular) whilst not adding visible value. Negative financial outlook for the company due to high cost base and expensive BG acquisition; Next 2-3 years will see more cost cutting, job losses and asset sales across the board. Has become very short sighted as a result and is basically in survival mode.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management is in survival mode and need to make the numbers work to get to see the next quarter. Employee engagement and people development are firmly on the back burner. Shell will again be a great company to work for 3 years from now.


  6. "Overall Great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, Problem solvers and Excellent facilities

    Cons

    Slow decision making
    Graduate scheme isn't as flexible as advertised

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your graduates!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shell full-time

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance. Good package

    Cons

    Extreme office polities, very poor management and poor decision making. Tasks given that had no prospect of going ahead just to keep individuals busy.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know staff better, be more open with decision making process.


  8. "Data Analytics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analytics in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Analytics in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supporting environment for testing new ideas in Analytics

    Cons

    Speed of decision making needs to be improved


  9. "Nice people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shell (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible and understanding in allowing people to work at home. This makes being flexible about hours easier as sometimes early mornings (Malaysia) or late evenings (America) are required

    Cons

    Longer hours to work with various countries

    Advice to Management

    Recognise when people work early or late to communicate with other continents


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, need to stop people from blocking each other in getting things done"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial JG3 (IPF Bonus Not Sales/Trading Bonus) in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Commercial JG3 (IPF Bonus Not Sales/Trading Bonus) in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Shell full-time

    Pros

    - Decent opportunities for career progression and growth
    - Generally good support, coaching and training
    - Opportunities for business travel
    - People are generally approachable irrespective of their position in the organisational hierarchy

    Cons

    - Decision making is slow and painful (feels like pulling teeth) - everyone wants to have a say irrespective of whether or not it is their responsibility or accountability to deliver on the initiative, but very few will actually make the decision and sign their name on it
    - For every "yes, let's do it", there are a thousand "no, have you considered this" to go through. People constantly block each other from making progress with an overly cautious approach.
    - Bureaucracy: I bet that Shell don't even buy a paper clip without someone having written a strategy paper about the pros and cons of buying it and having this debated and signed-off by 3 separate contract boards
    - Leaders are mostly all talk, little action: There is a lot of talk about empowering people in the right jobs to make decisions and making them leaders of tomorrow. Instead, I come across so many situations where a leader makes all the decisions and tells the people working for them what needs to be done, how and when. In addition, I feel that the leaders in the organisation often abuse their position - the rules for the employees do not seem to apply to them and they get by with doing things that they won't expect their employees to do
    - HR, IT and Finance are a nightmare to deal with: Functions in the organisation just do not know their place in the value-chain. They don't understand that they exist because the organisation makes sales to earn revenue and that their job is to bend-over-backwards to for the organisation to do business.

    Advice to Management

    - Lead by example
    - Put functions in their place - not as equals or partners, but really as the support we need to make business happen
    - Instead of making those who come up with ideas explain why we should do something, make others who say no explain why not. And then encourage them to complete the journey from no to yes by explaining what it would take for them to say yes
    - Hold people accountable for their decisions


  11. "Good Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employee supported, excellent place to work

    Cons

    More Process Oriented, Process Oriented,



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