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
Customised online screening to phone interview through to internship or online screening through to recruitment day. Success here will rely on having explored your strengths not only academically but also in "extracurricular" activities. This can be anything - a couple of selling points I used were my involvement in Australian Army Cadets and how I had grown a truly global network in hospitality and competed/trained with the best on the planet in cocktail competitions.
Questions to assess my capacity.
The usual: talk to people from the company, get to know the company values and culture; learn the assessment criteria and build the company jargon/language into your examples. Don't be afraid to attribute success to yourself rather than a team. Ability to work in a team will be evident from your group achievements but really concentrate on what ’YOU’ contributed and why that added value.