For over 15 years, Terence Zelman worked for companies that kept him on site, day and night. On an average day, he would log between 12 to 16 hours, which left him with little time to unwind or to explore his own interests. Terence longed to escape “the hustle and bustle,” so when the opportunity arose to work for Shell, he didn’t hesitate.
“When I first came here, it was really hard for me to believe I didn’t have to work around the clock, trying to pack everything into a 16-hour day,” he says. “There’s a ton of opportunity at Shell to have a good work-life balance. It’s been great for me.”
More than just enjoying a better workday, Terence counts himself lucky to be surrounded with such supportive colleagues. “At the end of the day, when something important comes up that’s a priority in life, people are flexible,” he says. His team understands that sometimes unexpected personal matters need to be taken care of first. “They have faith that you’ll complete your work,” which gives Terence the freedom to take time off when he needs it.
At first, that healthy work-life balance was the main benefit that drew Terence to Shell. However, he soon discovered that his quality of life increased in many other ways. For starters, he was astounded by the company’s safety culture.
“I’ve never seen a place so invested in keeping their employees safe,” he says. “If you walk through the plants and talk to contractors who have recently come on board, they’ll tell you that they love coming here because they feel so cared for.”
From his past work experiences, Terence knows how important this is. He had seen first-hand the detrimental results of a company prioritizing production over people. It means a great deal that he can go to work every day knowing that Shell cares for the well-being of their employees above all.
In addition, working at Shell has afforded Terence “endless opportunities” to grow. Between training programs and “world-class facilities,” he’s constantly learning. Since joining Shell, he feels that his skills have evolved significantly and credits much of this growth to the company’s collaborative environment. On a daily basis, he works with “everyone from maintenance to operations and engineering.” Not only has this exposed him to new perspectives and insights, but it has also helped Shell achieve stronger business results.
Perhaps the greatest result of all is the impact Shell is making on the clean energy movement. With “the first facility of its kind worldwide,” Terence has witnessed Shell’s efforts with programs such as carbon capture, which prevents carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere.
“Shell is always ahead of the curve, pioneering for the future,” he says. “When a company is this big and has this much scale, it feels really good to know that they’re making every effort to have minimal impact on the environment. Everybody on site can take pride knowing that they’re a part of that.”