Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Angel Soriano knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an engineer, but it wasn’t until college that he chose Mechanical Engineering. In 20 years, Angel’s mechanical engineering degree has taken him from an operations role, to managing major projects, to where he is now — an operational safety manager. In this role, he works to achieve Goal Zero, Shell’s global safety initiative that incorporates safety into every aspect of the business - and has been very successful so far!
What attracted you to Shell in 1993 as an intern?
Working at an oil company wasn’t the first thing that came to mind as a career, but I'd heard that it was challenging and high-paying, so I gave it a try. Almost immediately, I had the opportunity to be one of the first engineers working off shore on the very first deepwater platform in the Gulf of Mexico. After two years working in the field, I realized that hands-on experience can be just as valuable as a college degree.
Describe your career within Shell. What has made you stay?
Although I’ve been solely based in New Orleans, my career has been filled with diverse roles - from working with operations to managing large projects to leadership positions. Now I’m in the safety role, helping the organization understand and mitigate exposure to our people, assets and environment. That’s the beauty of being at Shell—you have many different growth opportunities.
What kind of support does Shell provide?
Shell has many programs to help its employees grow. At the core, Shell tasks its leadership to develop the next generation of leaders. On a broader level, Shell also takes care of its employees and the community. An example that comes to mind is the period after Hurricane Katrina. After the storm, while many other oil companies left New Orleans, Shell made a true commitment to the city and its employees by staying. While people lost their homes and families were displaced, Shell was there every step of the way to bring us back to normal.
What excites you most about working at Shell?
Three things really keep me going at Shell: 1) the people I work with are the smartest I’ve ever seen, and it's an honor to work with them every day; 2) working on challenging projects that use innovative technology to deliver energy; and 3) the growth opportunities that Shell offers as a global company - it’s up to you to direct your path.