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Relieved: RDS - What a snakepit. And it keeps on getting worse. I am surprised they can recruit decent people. Lord knows they can't keep them.
OSSL on CORRIB: To Bill Campbell...your last post Bill the instructions regarding police alcohol and local " love bombing " came from the top CEO level the word " corruption " was only introduced by Shells BID DEPT in Den Haag to scare OSSL into silence ...the police alcohol is just the tip of the VAN BEURDEN ICEBERG .
Bill Campbell: Cannot see why a prosecution could not go ahead and be successful, it appears abundantly clear from the correspondence that handouts to certain individuals would be required to secure a deal and many senior officers in the RDS organisation were aware of this and were complicit indirectly or directly. Their defence may be well that’s what it takes to operate with Nigeria but that is not a pertinent defence in international law and dare I state the obvious that this behaviour is a million miles from the intent of those wonderfully worded but completely ignored business principles that all in RDS from Chairman to office boy are supposed to hold as sacrosanct. My experience after many years especially as a Auditor for the then SIEP and then RDS is that compliance with the aforestated principles diminishes exponentially the nearer you get to the Boardroom. Time will tell. Bill
On the Street: Finlayson was clearly a Shell plant, who was supposed to oversee the sale of BG Group to Shell. There was a pseudo competition as to who would be the next CEO after Frank Chapman, but it was clear from the outset that it could only ever be Finlayson. However, he got too comfortable in the role, had a falling-out with Andrew Gould and left in a huff, probably because he did not want to sell to Shell. This left Gould holding the baby when the share price was rock bottom. One might ask one's self why did Shell not pounce when Gould was Executive Chairman? He desperately needed a CEO to oversee the sale to Shell,and he eventually set-up Helge Lunde as his 'fall guy' as the whole house of cards was rapidly falling down. Even demanding that Helge start with BG Group earlier than planned. The whole scenario was transparent from the outset. And what of Andrew Gould? Is it not rather odd that the previous Chairman and CEO of Schlumberger should end-up as Chairman of a tin pot outfit like BG Group? Or, perhaps, he thought that by working for a British plc he might be in with a chance of a Knighthood? And what better way of getting a Knighthood than by selling a failing company and, thereby, achieving shareholder value.He knew where BG Group was in its life cycle and also when Frank Chapman was due to retire. With the limited truths upon which BG had built its foundations, it was a safe bet that the illusion would fail sooner or later.
Shell People Survey: I had to smile when I read the comments about this worthless piece of HR BS. Every year the same answers come back about speed of decision making, working environment (the chicken cubes) and effectiveness of management communication. Each year we, the long suffering staff, are told this is not stuff we can affect and to concentrate on trivial items lower down the list. That piece of HR BS should be laid to rest and senior management made to read this site to see what the real issues are.
BogusGroup: Regular browser………….I concur with your response, my comment was from an ex BG (purged) employee perspective. A number of senior executives ‘left’ BG under the facade of re-structuring, some slithered through the revolving door of unaccountability to join other organisations, while some slipped the net to join Shell. You’re correct about the former Shell pets, I was aware of the TFA culture in Brent but gave Chris Finlayson the benefit of the doubt when he joined BG group. However having dealt with him first hand on organisational failings and deficiencies in safety management, the causal factors for fatalities and serious injuries in BG operations, his intransigence in dealing with the issue showed his true colours. Hopefully he is still on someone’s culpability radar.
From the Shadows: In all my years i havent ever seen such reckless decisions, bullying, incompetence and nepotism. We have Shell People Survey which confirm this every year but management always blame it on restructuring. At least we have the RDS blog to tell us the truth! This is all very exciting! What next? Wouldnt surprise me to hear revelations that HR are secretly waterboarding managers who are caught using Shell's code of conduct.
regular browser: Don't be so sure bogus group the key players and wasters are all still there along with their sycophants. Plus a lot of BG managers were former Shell pets too. The more things change the more they stay the same. Only folk who could make a difference tend to get purged so the inept status quo is maintained. One can only hope that there is a severe clear out if guilt is proven in the OPL245 case really every manager JG1 and above should go, trouble is the 'stars' have been hand picked by the rotten management for greatness so the carousel continues.
BogusGroup: A positive about the Shell/BG deal was there was an element of 'ethnic cleansing' of the management team and their sycophants. A negative is there are still some left, hiding under their stones.
Texvette: You must not know Bruce. He has a very foul mouth and curses quite a bit in business settings. I find it ironic he is accusing another organization of being useless recognizing he comes from one of the most useless organizations in Shell
Wot, corruption in Nigeria?: Wot, corruption in Nigeria? Cannot be. I never see de disting! Dey be hones people. Shame on de Oyibo (=white man) for making de nigerian people look bad. De most hones people in de world.
G'day Bruce: I am shocked that Bruce Culpepper would use the F word at work, he always seems such a gentle person 😉