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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 203 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew Mackenzie

(50 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay and benefits, career progression, travel etc(in 12 reviews)

  • Decent work live balance, good benefits, independent work(in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not the best(in 15 reviews)

  • Long hours are all but guarantee especially if you want to move up(in 9 reviews)

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    Is your soul for sale?

    Accountant (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThey pay only 75% of comparable jobs at Majors....even so the pay is better than average. But with those paychecks they expect to buy EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT. Management starts arriving at 6am; by 7am the parking lot is full; by 8am you're late. At 6pm the parking lot is still full. People are working online late into the night regularly. When you see BHPB us the words "exciting and challenging" read "SWEATSHOP." But on the bright side you get free parking, $2 lunches, and free cokes to go with that massive 401K that you'll never live to enjoy thanks to the grinding stress. You won't see much of your spouse or kids and when you do you'll be tired and irritable. My advise is to ask yourself how much your happiness is worth before you make a deal with the Devil.

    ConsThe culture is abhorrent. Stress level is high for all employees and management; hours are long; you will get calls from your boss late at night and early in the morning as unexpected request pop up; the expectation is that you are available to answer calls and deal with issues on your vacation; Management constantly switches direction with no regard for impact on processes and employee time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is too busy sucking thier own exhaust. My advise to BHPB management is to look at your cost profile on shale; then look at your competitors costs....do you think BHPB will have success with cost that are consistently 50% higher than competition? The numbers don't lie; BHPB management is lost in shale. They don't understant how different this business is from offshore.....or the mining industry. BHPB's industry nickname is "the Great Pretender" and it couldn't be more appropriate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a good company butt it is falling apart.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood salary and good benefits.

    ConsThe culture is terrible. When I was hired a few years back the culture was great, but as BHP Billiton takes more of an iron fist with every aspect of the business the culture has disappeared. They treat the majority of the employees like numbers and all the red tape takes so much time it makes it very difficult to do the job. Almost every department is under staffed with the exception of the short range planning which has an over abundance of employees. Many of the departments are experiencing high turn over rates and management seems to be doing nothing about it. Special perks are only given to a select few departments.
    The company only seems to work in silos and there is very little collaboration, which leads to ineffective use of talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees equally. It takes more than one department to run a company. The new CEO wants the culture to change. Hopefully he is effective at this.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dysfunctional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsBenefits are great, pay is more than adequate for most jobs. Lots of little perks with on site cafe,commuting to work, gym memberships.

    ConsIndecisive, unclear objectives. Goals change constantly and when decisions are made they are subject to change at a moments notice. Training is mostly learn as you go and very little mentoring that hinders the adaption of change. Mangers do not want to look at real issues and only want to know what they want to hear. Response from any inquiry takes forever, that's if you get a response. Agile is not a known concept in the work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a decision and execute it. Hold management accountable for making decisions and following through with those decisions. Some mangers and supervisors do not need to be mangers and supervisors. CEO is trying to make change, but real issues are overlooked with excuses. Listen to employees and address issues.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good pay is not everything

    Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThe company benefits are good

    Consinternal politics, poor management, very caddy and petty work environment. extremely high turnover. simply hire-replace-repeat. demanding work environment with little to no room for advancement. work hard to make management look good. no work/life balance.

    Advice to Senior Managementcare (but not only about yourself) but your team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Oversold

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsBHPBs Houston facilities are very nice, and given the new building under construction, they are sure to be even nicer in the future. BHPB also pays very well, although not well enough to justify the cons of the company culture and weak leadership in place at the company.

    ConsManagement will tell you what you want to hear in order to get you in the door. They will put a great job description in front of you, tell you all about the perks of BHPB - on site cafeteria, gym, health care, etc. But, beware. Your actual job will vary significantly from the job that they sold you. In my case, I interviewed for a senior level job, but ended up doing entry level work. I felt as if my skills were being dulled by the lack of mental stimulation. When, I spoke to my boss about the matter, he acknowledged the situation but told me to "suck it up and make the most of it. At one point, he even threatened to humiliate me in front of my peers. Such situations-the manipulation and bullying-occur over and over again at BHPB. It's an accepted behavior throughout the company. I certainly would not recommend this job to any well-respected colleague or friend.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should work on improving the ethics of their management team. Lying and bullying should not be tolerated. And, although Management preaches a zero tolerance for harassment, offenders are rarely reprimanded. Most employees, in fact, don't feel comfortable raising ethical issues for fear of reprisal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Directionless Leadership in Houston

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    Proslower base pay but very high bonus

    Consbut they treat you like slaves for higher pay, don't perform and they dump you quick

    Advice to Senior Managementit's not exxon

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Micro Managed and felt lied to.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tulsa, OK

    ProsPay and benefits are nice, except when you consider the work environment. Those are the only pros I can think of.

    ConsMicro Managed. I worked for a Tulsa company that they took over. Many promises made, none of them kept. The more I hear from fellow employees that did make the move the happier I am I did not. They try to run every aspect of your life, I was shocked how invasive they were trying to get. Everything you read in these reviews about politics over substance is very very true!

    Advice to Senior ManagementRelax a little, keep promises made to employees...even newly acquired employees. things would run smoother if people didn't have to go all the way up the food chain for the little things.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away unless you desperately need the money

    Petroleum Engineer (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    Pros- Good salary, bonuses and benefits, significantly better than peer group
    - Good office location in the Galleria area of Houston
    - Workload is light: you will not be expected - or empowered - to achieve very much

    Cons- Extremely bloated process-driven bureaucracy where you need to ask several layers of management permission to do anything
    - No pretence towards merit-based performance management, everything is politics
    - Dissatisfying work environment: unless you tell your managers what they want to hear, you will be punished (i.e. "perception is reality")
    - Lack of diversity: women and minorities are under-represented and under-appreciated
    - Unhealthy obsession with budget activities and managing earnings, surprising for a company with such a large market cap.
    - Petroleum CEO is a micro-manager who insists on seeing and deciding on every little thing, no matter how trivial

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to take responsibility for the high attrition rate, and change the 1930's management style. Professional people in the oil industry do not want to be treated like prisoners on a work release program. Lighten up!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It could be better.

    UG Miner (Current Employee) Farmington, NM

    ProsRemuneration and benefits are above average.

    ConsNMC, specifically operations provide very poor guidance and support to it's employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mining Engineer

    Mining Engineer (Former Employee) Moranbah (Australia)

    ProsHas no respect for workers. paid bonus based on how many workers you can get sacked.

    ConsBHP is an arrogant organisation, that is exploiting its work force using the low commodity price to trash the community and destroy the good past legacy.
    Racist organisation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI hope you will loose your mining lease in WA and QLD.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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