What it does: Global group of petrochemical and energy businesses
Staff stats: 93,000 employees in 70 countries
The good bits: The training and travel
The not so good bits: Bureaucracy
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Law & Legal Studies; Sciences
The Shell story
Royal Dutch Shell, commonly referred to as Shell, is the result of one of the 20th century’s earliest and most significant mergers. In 1907, the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company amalgamated with the ‘Shell’ Transport and Trading Company. (This was a British business that had pivoted from selling antiques to importing sea shells.)
During WWI, Royal Dutch Shell was the main supplier of fuel to the British armed forces. Following the war, it absorbed the Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company and launched Shell Chemicals. By the end of the 1920s, Royal Dutch Shell was the world’s leading oil company, a status it has enjoyed ever since, though it has diversified into producing other forms of energy.
Shell has been operating in Australia since 1901. Initially, it just imported fuel, but has then expanded by establishing storage and distribution terminals, oil refineries, and service stations. When it became apparent that Australia had significant energy reserves, Shell Australia moved into coal mining and oil exploration. Shell is currently the leading partner in the $25 billion North West Shelf Venture, the largest resource development ever undertaken in this part of the world.
Shell Australia has a record of investing in large projects, including the Clyde Refinery in Western Sydney, the Geelong Refinery in regional Victoria, and WA’s Chevron-operated Gorgon LNG Project, which have had a material impact on the development and growth of the Australian economy over the last century. Shell has had a presence in Australia since 1901; supplying oil products to Australians for more than 113 years.
In 2016, Shell had revenues of US$233 billion and assets worth US$411 billion. That same year, Shell’s $70 billion acquisition of UK’s BG Group was made final after it had received approval from the Australian Treasurer through the Foreign Investment Review Board. Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said, “The addition of BG’s integrated gas assets in Australia to Shell’s global portfolio is one of the main strategic drivers behind the recommended combination. The Shell-BG combination is a sign of Shell’s confidence in the Australian economy. It is also a springboard to change Shell into a simpler, more profitable and resilient company. We remain on track to complete the deal in early 2016.”
Like many globe-spanning multinationals, Shell is enthusiastic about ensuring diversity in the ethnicity, nationality, and gender of its workforce and senior leaders. It keeps close track of how diverse its workforce is through regular surveys. It also has a dedicated D&I [diversity and inclusion] consulting practice with focal points located in various Shell businesses and functions. The company puts on D&I workshops and lunch-and-learn sessions to raise awareness among its staff.
Shell acknowledges that its activities have an environmental and social impact. To balance that, it seeks to provide communities that have not previously had it access to safe, reliable, and affordable energy, and to contribute to economic growth in the countries it operates. It does this by offering direct employment and the opportunity for local suppliers to be included in supply chains. Shell has a LiveWIRE program that helps local entrepreneurs launch businesses. It also helps finance healthcare and education services in many of the communities where it operates.
Shell Australia has long had relationships with Indigenous communities throughout Australia and launched a Reconciliation Action Plan in 2011. This states that “Shell employees will acknowledge and respect the culture and contribution to Australia of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise that true and lasting reconciliation improves prosperity for all Australians.”
Though still involved in old and polluting energies, Shell is committed to sustainability. It has made huge investments in low-carbon energy solutions and advanced technologies, such as those that increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions.
The recruitment process
Shell recruits graduates from a wide range of disciplines. That noted, it has a greater need for those with degrees in accounting, commerce and finance; chemistry; computer and earth sciences; engineering; geology; surveying; management; marketing; physics, and supply chain management. Handily, you can go to the degree matcher page on the Shell Australia website to find out what kind of career path is available given your qualifications.
Depending on what area of the business they aspire to be part of, grads take part in development programs that last from two to five years. Grads are divided into those joining the technical and those joining the commercial side of the business. Whichever side you opt for, you’ll take part in a comprehensive onboarding program that will expose you to all areas of the business. Graduate hires then do several rotations and combine on-the-job learning with formal training. You’ll have a direct supervisor who will provide supportive guidance, constructive feedback, and access to a mentorship program.
The process starts with a brief online application that can be expedited if connected to your LinkedIn profile. After, you will need to do an online timed cognitive test, online working style assessment, and an online short, self-recorded video interview that Shell calls the “On-Demand Video Interview”. If you make the cut, you’ll then be invited to take part in an online interview. This will include doing a presentation relating to a case study, with two Shell assessors.
Finally, you will be invited to a nearby Shell office to meet with staff at all levels and learn more about what a career at Shell involves. Should you wish to get an idea of whether you’d be happy at Shell prior to graduating, you can apply for one of Shell’s 12-week assessed internships.
Shell offers a competitive starting salary and other outstanding benefits. You may also have the opportunity to work on overseas projects, and all travel and relocation expenses will be covered by the company. Depending on what area you’re in, you may also have external education costs covered, as well as receive paid study leave. Staff also receive ‘flex days’, which are essentially bonus days of annual leave.
The company has a fair and transparent promotion process. If you perform well and develop strong networks, you can look forward to going up the ranks. Shell values performance.
The vibe of the place
This varies depending on what area of the business you’re in. Shell invests a lot in developing its employees. It gives them a lot of responsibility from early on and rewards them if they rise to the challenges set. You can expect to form fantastic friendships with your colleagues and spend plenty of time socialising with them out of office hours. The culture is friendly and perks such as ‘flex days’ make up for those times when you need to put in long hours.
Star Rating: 4.4 stars
From the Employer:
"Introduction to Shell
If you think you know Shell, think again. We may be well known for our petrochemicals business, but to become one of the world’s leading energy companies takes a wide range of talented individuals.
Powering Progress Together
Shell is an innovation-driven global energy and petrochemical company operating in over 70 countries and employing approximately 93,000 people. More people want cleaner and greater access to energy. At Shell, we are unlocking new energy sources and working to get more from what we have. With others, we are finding innovative ways to meet growing energy demands and helping customers to get the most out of every drop of fuel. By building a better energy future we all have a part to play.
To build a brighter future for all, we’re in search of students and graduates who can translate inspiration into ideas, and ideas into game-changing solutions.
Embark on a fulfilling and rewarding career at Shell via
- Hands on experience of international projects
- Work that makes a difference
- Professional and individual development
- World-class training and unequalled career opportunities
Right now, Shell is working on some of the most exciting, innovative energy projects in the world. We’re in search of students and graduates who are curious to explore new ideas, experiences and frontiers.
Why join Shell?
There has never been a more exciting time to work in the energy industry, or at Shell. Discover your potential with Shell with outstanding career opportunities.
You will be empowered to carve out your own career path and discover your true potential. You’ll have the opportunity to work with leading professionals from around the world, sharing expertise and points of view that will hugely enrich your experience.
We encourage collaboration and believe that by surrounding you with a great diverse team, your creativity will flourish and great ideas will be inspired.
We are committed to your continuous training and development, with excellent learning opportunities available to you at every stage of your career.
Diversity & Inclusiveness at Shell
Shell Australia is committed to creating an inclusive working environment that respects and nurtures diversity. We acknowledge that supporting diversity in the workforce is not just socially responsible, but also makes good business sense and is a source of strength for improving our business performance.
Shell Australia’s approach to diversity and inclusion is focused on talent acquisition and retention, inclusive leadership and by differentiating our external reputation. Our leaders are role models for diversity and take accountability for delivery and for sustaining change. Shell Australia is committed to ensuring our energy portfolio is attractive to both partners and customers by nurturing a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of our partners, customers and the countries in which we operate.
Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
At Shell Australia, we acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are Australia’s First Peoples and the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work. Shell Australia is committed to building meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities based on honesty, integrity and respect.
Shell Australia Supports LGBTI via Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope is the newly established employee network within Shell Australia. Kaleidoscope aims to promote equality and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed (LGBTI) talent wherever they work. The vision is to make Shell Australia a safe environment for talent, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Shell Australia believes it is vital that we have a strong ally support in the network, as this will greatly effect the productivity, retention, engagement, and mental health within the company.
For further information or to apply visit our website."