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Candid comments from a disenchanted Shell Oil Co retiree

I have great respect for you, your website and what you are doing.  Please keep up the good work. 

I am writing to make some comments on the state of affairs in today’s “Shell” organization.  I was forced to retire 18 months short of my 30 yrs which means that I receive a pension reduced by 15 percent.  This also means that I must also pay my portion for my medical and dental etc plus 15 percent of their portion. 
When this was happening I protested that other employees, who had been let go during earlier “reduction in force”,  were bridged so that they received their full pension and did not have to pay medical etc the HR person looked me in the eye and  told me that I didn’t know what I was talking about because Shell “didn’t do things like that”.
I trotted out the names and dates of earlier “retirees” that were bridged etc to no avail.
It boiled down to I “retired” under their set of rules or I was out.
Today, thanks to some luck with investments, a frugal wife and my pension, I am living as well, if not better, than while I was working and do not regret for one minute retiring. 

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