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Shell is truly a dark malevolent force

I genuinely believe that Ben van Beurden is a decent man and appears to have a good heart, but his weakness in dealing with the army of internal rogue corrupt dictators and getting control of the HR mafia has already cost him his legacy.

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Yet Another Concerned Employee
 
Behind the glossy facade of its brightly coloured filling stations and shiny reflective glass towers, Shell is truly a dark malevolent force. It is not only the Church of the poisoned mind, but also home to the parasitic mind which snatches thoughts from others and presents them as its own. Experience and being correct are not recognised, only ‘Process’. Many, through either bitter experience, incompetence or ignorance have learned to hide behind process and can no longer think for themselves. Merit is trodden under heel into the mud. Often one bad decision after another results in a predictable squandering of shareholders’ money, not by the millions or tens of millions of dollars, but by the hundreds of millions of dollars. Lessons learned are written down then forgotten as the machine moves forwards. This is rewarded by large bonuses. Reality plays little part in the daily running of the business, the public image of the ‘Brand’ must be protected at all cost.

ENDS

Aidos

Bill & Concerned Employee,

The business integrity problems have always been dormant under the surface (since the last integrity crisis at least) and despite the efforts to improve its public image, the problems were bound to keep returning like a bout of gonorrhoea. I wasn’t really surprised when I read the horrendous internal company note blaming Robinson. Shell has form. It seems only yesterday when the Shell turrets turned towards Bill Campbell when he exposed Brinded, Bayliss et al for supporting and encouraging a narcissistic cavalier culture towards safety.

Despite all the internal BS to deflect blame and external PR campaign to falsely portray that Shell as caring deeply for the environment and business integrity, internally staff are fully aware that management are only interested in profits, and that staff should be grateful for their jobs and speak out at their own peril.

I suspect that the only regret the EC privately have is that their generals were incompetent enough to get caught out with respect to OPL, but unfortunately Robinson is a gift for them and does make a rather convenient scapegoat. In a Shell world where for the majority of my colleagues its all about bonuses, promotions and job survival, I can understand (but in no way condone) why colleagues are more prepared to cross the integrity line. And if caught they will get a slapped wrist over a coffee meeting and no-one other than (the unashamedly corrupt) HR will know (only to raise it up against you when needed).

I genuinely believe that Ben van Beurden is a decent man and appears to have a good heart, but his weakness in dealing with the army of internal rogue corrupt dictators and getting control of the HR mafia has already cost him his legacy.

OPL is causing a lot of additional stress and gloomy faces in the office corridors and alarming gossip around the coffee machines. Thankfully we have our incompetent lawyers, unscrupulous finance staff, dishonourable HR, shameless spin doctors and ineffective (un)ethics and compliance colleagues at hand to make the OPL problem disappear. Or maybe not.

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