BHP Billiton

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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
246 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits, career progression, travel etc (in 15 reviews)

  • You can make more money and have a better work life balance at a Major; BHPB is a bad deal (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, lack of enforcement of charter values at management and peer level (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost in Shale. Management is too busy sucking thier own exhaust.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    You can make more money and have a better work life balance at a Major; BHPB is a bad deal. They pay decent but expect to own you. It's not worth it.

    Cons

    Management has bet the farm on Shale; and it was a bad bet. They are simply lost in this business; they don't have the knowledge or decision making capablity to perform in shale. Just look at the numbers; they tell the story.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late for advice; wiser management wouldn't have invested in shale. Now they've got a hot mess on thier hands and they are cracking the whip on thier people to try and pull out of it. They don't have any great ideas...simply work faster and harder. It's a lost cause...they are beating a dead mule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Awful Place to Work (Petroleum in Houston)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    BHP Billiton offers a good benefit package and fair to good bonus program. When I was there (2012) the befits were: 8.5% of salary paid to retirement fund; 6% to 401k; $5000 in matching stock, and a bonus program that's pegged to your years and rank, along with company performance; I think my range was 15%-25%, depending on how well the company did. They also have a nice cafeteria with subsidized lunch.

    Cons

    Awful work environment. No personal responsibility, anywhere. Expect a day mostly full of meeting after meeting, most of which are pointless. Armies of contractors that do very little. The only thing that arrives in a timely manner from them is their bill. The company is more concerned about the way things are done than actually doing anything. Over analysis of everything. Slow to react, decide, commit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Good pay does not make up for miserable work environments

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and bonuses, $2 lunches, gym membership discounts

    Cons

    Huge turnover, and when people leave, they take their time to replace them. Management could not care less when good people quit. Constantly understaffed and overworked, and there will be blaming and huge consequences if you do not finish doing two people's work on time.

    Frequently hire consultants from Accenture, and PWC and Deloitte, who are a nightmare to work with.

    Culture of throwing people under the bus and stealing credit for other people's work.

    Some people work 40/wk and some work 80/week. Work life balance is terrible for you if you have a bad supervisor, and moving to other departments is impossible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    It was a good company butt it is falling apart.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Indecisive, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    good pay is not everything

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company benefits are good

    Cons

    internal 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 ManagementAdvice

    care (but not only about yourself) but your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 13 people found this helpful  

    Oversold

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    BHPBs 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Directionless Leadership in Houston

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    lower base pay but very high bonus

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it's not exxon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Micro Managed and felt lied to.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Micro 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 ManagementAdvice

    Relax 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Stay away unless you desperately need the money

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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