By John Donovan
The following information was posted on to our Shell Blog this morning by guest1, an extremely well-informed senior Shell insider whose real identity is known to us.
Voser cutting 600 top jobs. Nothing new, we could read that quite a while ago on the Donovan site. But what does this really mean? The head honchos are now expected to all combine two jobs. This is a nice recipe to get them overworked and overtired while the official explanation is better coordination. But they will be so exhausted that they cannot challenge projects that hit their desks for approval and so must rely on completed staff work by the underlings. The last few years this system has been tried and failed.
Therein lies the problem. Remember Herkstroter, the other banker? He had no use for geologists anymore since we have Schlumberger. This Voser is another banker and he is going to do the same, except that in the mid 90s there was still a lot of petroleum engineering and exploration expertise around. Now there also is a lot of expertise, not necessarily on exploiting oil and gasfields but certainly on sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion, behavioral attitudes etc.
So we go to a slimmed down oil company with insufficient emphasis on technical expertise. And anyone who starts to claim that technical expertise is now at the forefront with Bichsel reporting to Voser is so mad, ill informed and stupid that I will refrain from even trying to point out why he is wrong. Crooks like to surround themselves with other crooks
With the last Dutchman ethnically cleansed from the top, the road is now wide open for the Promise rather than Performance methodology of Brinded and all his english and american lackeys.
With all the gorilla like actions of Voser I am totally surprised that Brinded is still around. Although a useless and ineffective manager, he is a clever englishman with many friends in powerful positions and they all band together. Even a Swiss gorilla cannot break those old boy networks!
It appears Voser is preparing Shell to be taken over or merge. That will make the biggest killing for him and the rest is not important.
COMMENT POSTED BY PETER ANKERS
It may be reasonable to question the job reductions being reported. However you totally devalue the discussion you are trying to initiate by allowing implications that Peter Voser is a crook to be broadcast on your site. I had much contact with Mr Voser in the years before I retired in 2000 and I have the greatest admiration for his integrity and honesty.
RESPONSE BY guest1
To Peter Ankers: I wrote the posting from the heart and there is a misunderstanding. I meant Brinded and Bichsel who are surrounding themselves with likeminded yesmen. For a banker Voser is fine.