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Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden
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    A century-old ompany that has a long-term view

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
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    I have been working at Royal Dutch Shell full-time (More than 5 years)


    The company values deep technical capabilities and innovative solutions, and also values the people who can build strong relationships. If you are good at one of them, you can work comfortably, and if you are good at both, you will thrive.


    Similar to other energy companies the bottom line has a strong correlation with the external market volatility. Choosing to work here means living with volatility.

    Advice to Management

    Reducing the internal complexity will help the company in the long run, and also help to release the potential of the talents in their people.

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    Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
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    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell (Houston, TX) in September 2015.


    First is online assessment for math - difficult from time constraint. Next is in person/phone interview - easy behavioral questions. If you are part of the 3% that applied and get to the recruitment day good luck. By far the hardest recruitment/ interview process I've ever done before. You start at 7am and end at 4pm where you have an e-tray exercise (look this up), then a group case study, then a reflection interview, followed by an individual case study (extremely difficult), and then a final interview. There is basically one case study for the entire day and that is broken up into smaller more detailed case studies. The etray is basically an email simulation where you are given a case study that contains a ton of information and you have to respond to emails based on the information given-the planning phase. Then you have to write the risks/opportunities to that situation. Next you have a group case study which builds off the etray. There are up to 6 people per recruitment day. With these people you are set in front of 6 assessors who watch you while you and the other candidates work as a team on this case studying writing out details and such on a white bird in front of them, coming up with a solution. Next is the reflection interview which assess what you think you could've done better and what you thought you did well on. Then comes the individual case study which is the hardest out of the entire day. You have 20 minutes to read about 4 pages of information and then 7 more pages of financial info, gdp info, market growth, it system costs, customer service costs, industry standards, and so much more things (it is insane how much info they expect you to retain). You then have 5 minutes to plead you case to two assessors on your recommendation, then they give you a 30/40 minute interview asking you very in depth questions and changing the scenarios to see how you react. After that you have a regular interview with two other assessors - pretty much the same as your first round interview. This was he hardest interview process I have ever gone through in my life. It was extremely hard, I thought I did well and I even received positive feedback and still did not get an offer. Good luck make sure you can read info fast and understand oil implications on people the planet and the economy.

    Interview Questions

    • They didn't ask me this directly but they asked another kid "where do you think oil prices will be in the next year, why?" They expected a very thorough answer with real reasons, not like I think supply is going to go down in the oil so it should be up to 50, no you'll get crushed if you say anything like that-I cannot stress how difficult this recruitment day was.   1 Answer

Royal Dutch Shell Awards & Accolades

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Top 100 Ideal Employers for Engineering Students , Universum Global Ideal Rankings, 2013
Britain's Top 100 Graduate Employers , The Sunday Times (UK), 2012
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Headquarters 's-Gravenhage, Netherlands
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1907
Type Company - Public (RDSA)
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors ExxonMobil, TOTAL, BP

Royal Dutch Shell sits on an oil and gas throne that is only slightly lower than that of #1 oil company Exxon Mobil. The company has worldwide proved reserves of 14.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Most of the oil giant's crude is produced in Nigeria, Oman, the UK, and the US. Royal Dutch Shell is also investing heavily in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, which converts oil sands in Alberta to synthetic crude oil. The company operates 43,000 gas stations (the world's largest retail fuel network). Royal Dutch Shell, which operates in 90 countries, also ... More

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