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A posting by Shell/Motiva Regional VP for Downstream Manufacturing on The Gulf Coast, Tom Purves?

It has been suggested by a knowledgeable source, that the Shell Blog posting below may have been made by Tom Purves, the Shell/Motiva Regional Vice President for Downstream Manufacturing on The Gulf Coast, sometimes referred to as “Uncle Tom” by a few contributors?

Uncle Tom
on Jul 17th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Well Boys, you found you a web site!

Everyone’s got an opinion . . . . . right!

Seems like there’s some good comments here and some whining! Not surprised to see both, we all have one, don’t we.

We all make our own beds, and have to live in them!
Good people are leaving Shell, some wanted to, some didn’t. Should some of them really be surprised? Not!

Good performers who didn’t “dog” the Company still have a job.
Good performers (some) who “dogged” the Company are on the way out, no surprise.
Poor performers (some) are leaving the Company, should be no surprise to them. Some were good people who just couldn’t cut it. Those people sometimes survived in the past, but with this darn economy, no one gets a free pass at times like this.

Can you fight it! Let’s be real, who’s got more money?

What’s the bottom line, Shell is a fairly good Company, but its the bad people in some positions in Shell that make things sour. Just like in any Company. That’s life, it’ll never change, not here, or any other Company.

If you dislike your job so bad, bite the bullet and jump ship. At least you might be happier? And that may be worth more than staying and being miserable!

And sometimes good people have to carry out bad actions, or face the music themselves. So who is really to blame?

Which of you would really face termination for not carrying out decisions from upper management that might not be very popular in the people you supervise?

Let’s face it, we’re a foreign owned Company, and the direction is being set from there, not here. Every business is in business for one reason, . . to make MONEY!

It’s Big Business . . . . . Don’t You Understand? and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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