Thread regarding Shell Oil layoffs

Transition 2009 replay?

Any old timers here who had seen transition 2009?

It completed in April 2010, when the oil price was quite robust. Then Shell went on a hiring/training spree, only to lay off a bunch of folks again in 2014-2017, in more localized layoffs. Had Shell done trimming around the edges back in 2009, I think it would have been ahead by 2014.

I see them cutting some working staff to the bone this time again, probably to rehire in another 6 months. And the oil price ain't even that low! What a weird place ...

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Not sure there will be many re-hires. After they did that in 2009, HR added language to prevent you from being hired again in return for taking the cash.

No language in my severance that says that and I was offered work again on LNG project

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Post ID: @5jvr+18V4kceX

Not sure there will be many re-hires. After they did that in 2009, HR added language to prevent you from being hired again in return for taking the cash. The rationale was that some managers would cash out their employees, and hire them back. So while unfair to the employee, the change was meant to encourage managers to only release those employees that they didn't want back.

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Post ID: @5rwb+18V4kceX

To exk+18V4kceX

Similar to what’s happening now with all the roles that will be offshored to SBOs

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Post ID: @3jvo+18V4kceX

I have worked for the 3 biggest oil companies and a big MNC over a span of over 30+ years. I can say with all honesty:
Hands down, Shell is the worst in managing the company. It would not be a surprise if they never recover and gets M&A by another.

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Post ID: @3rkx+18V4kceX

"It’s kind of sad that someone who has been with Shell only 12 years is considered an old timer."

Funny you say that, but today one of these 12 year "old timers" in the GoM (AR - JgB?) announced his departure! I thought people with letters never left unless forced out.

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Post ID: @1cwq+18V4kceX

It’s kind of sad that someone who has been with Shell only 12 years is considered an old timer. But it’s true - this is no longer a career-long company. Most people are lucky to make it a decade.

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Post ID: @1ewq+18V4kceX

Yes I worked for Shell Canada for 44 years. We didn't have this b—s— and people got where they were on performance for the most part. Along came the dutch needing reserves after their corrupt reserve reporting and bought out Shell Canada and transition 09 happened. Then the dutch expats showed up to teach us how to destroy a successful business and once that was complete they turned it over to Houston thru a series of re orgs. Complete incompetent management was the end. So happy to have gotten out with the SVS last year. The company is run by fools and junior HR advisors tell them what to do.

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Post ID: @qdj+18V4kceX

I’ve been in oil gas industry around 35 years and I’ve seen how large companies work their business. I’ve worked for Chevron, Pennzoil, and Shell. I remember when large companies would heir one year and layoffs the next year, picking only the people who would work and play well with others. It is never about job skills and working knowledge, as in the past it’s all political and diversity make up.

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Post ID: @jhn+18V4kceX

Yes...Transition 2009 was when they sent tons of finance jobs to Manila. That was brutal.

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