GradAustralia surveyed 18 graduates working at Shell. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 18 responses.
Focus on development of people, short and long term opportunities, remuneration, generally stimulating and challenging work
The opportunity to travel and gain experience at different projects in varying stages.
Travel. Training. Chance to move through disciplines to get an overall view of different areas.
World class training opportunities and large training budget. Well-structured graduate development program with competence framework to ensure development is encouraged and supported. International travel and work exposure. Outstanding remuneration package.
Travel: I am on an expatriate assignment in New Zealand already, only six months into my graduate program. Training, I have access to some of the best training in the world with Shell. Amazing pay. Challenging work.
A high proportion of people involved in making tough decisions, execution of plans usually takes more time.
Very large bureaucratic structure increases red tape and slows speed of progress.
Large multinational - expect inefficiencies in slow administrative processes
Shell is a very reporting/business process fulfilling driven company - feels like decisions are made slowly, often re-worked and unnecessary processes are not eliminated
having to go through a number of 'levels' and people to approve things
Various questions on how I would behave in various group based and high stress situations. Questions about significant personal achievements and why. Open ended case study questions from a business management perspective.
Start following and understanding industry related news, trends, and developments. Focus on more than academic achievement if you are already strong in this category, otherwise, make sure they are up to scratch. Get involved in activities outside of university where you have a chance to develop your own communication and leadership skills - particularly in situations requiring a high level of creative thinking.