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Shell jobs restructuring mess

This information is based on multiple  insider sources as conveyed to John Donovan

There will be more than 1/3 reduction of staff in jg A and B. In the level below that the reduction is of a similar magnitude.

The aim is to announce by 1st December who can continue and who has to go.

The mess is so great that many retired old codgers are being offered contract extensions to keep the machine running.

We hear that dato Chadwick has got it in the neck too. So young, so talented and no job for him…. He probably befriended the wrong gods in Shell.

The Brinded gestapo is very tightly controlling who stays and who goes. TFA also applies to the resourcing process: do not touch anyone not on the list of friends of Malcolm. Cronyism and nepotism are flourishing as never before.

The chaos and mass distraction brought about by the jobs reapplication process has turned out to be rather more than the mere “interesting exercise” that Peter Voser had in mind.

In terms of unfortunate events in Shell’s history, some might put it on a par with a previous boss of Royal Dutch Shell spending four days as a guest of Adolf Hitler at Berchtesgaden, discussing Nazi terms for granting a monopoly to the Royal Dutch and Shell Companies for petrol distribution in Germany. Ruthless then and ruthless now.


Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:04 pm


As a MOR applicant, I can confirm the number of lobbying and cronyism. Its so time consuming and wasteful. The telephone bills in the office would surely increase these few months. I hope there is no fatality or major safety incidents as almost all staff lost focus.

At the end of the day, it is the incumbent or those who has higher up “Friends” who get the job. Its who you know and not what you know! I am applying outside at the same time. If I get both, rest assured, I shall go. If I do not get a job outside, I stay till I get a job, how about that! In worst case, I get a Christmas bonus.

Comment received from “shellwaarbenjijnu”
on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Regarding the discussion on Open (i.e. behind closed doors) Resourcing, the cat was out of the bag already in July when Voser said “an interesting exercise because we could really select those we are keen on”. If ever there was an indication of selection based on “who you know rather than what you know” – this was it. In Voser’s e-mail to staff sent whilst Jeroen was actually still in charge he referred to a number of Shell “firsts”. In his next letter in similar vein, he may wish to consider including another first “the devaluation of the notion of open, fair internal resourcing based on skill, competence, capability, and track record of delivery”.

on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Mr.D, your article “Shell jobs restructuring mess” based on an “insider” is all fine and dandy, HOWEVER, why add the irrelevant (to THIS article) the bit about Adolf Hitler. I feel you should stick to the headline of the article as some who visit this site and are 50:50 Shell might think what has A.H. got to do with JGA/B job losses. Anyway, cronyism has been widespread in Shell (and other large businesses) for eons unfortunately. A clear example is Bichsel who loves nodding donkeys all around him.

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