BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie
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Pros
  • Work life balance is pretty good unless you are a manager (in 16 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are nice, except when you consider the work environment (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is not the best (in 20 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours and tough expectations that can impact personal life, although culture does seem to be changing some with new management (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    HSE Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drilling and Completions Lead HSE Specialist in Judson, TX
    Former Employee - Drilling and Completions Lead HSE Specialist in Judson, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Met some great people and made lifelong relationships. I believe the basic ideas of the company are good and safety is number 1.

    Cons

    They do not listen to employees, many power struggles within the ever changing management structure. The career ladder and advancement opportunities are not based on merit. Hard work and effort is not recognized unless you are willing to be the squeaky wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate middle management and their qualifications. Seek subordinates opinions and advice before promoting within.


  2. Helpful (3)

    none

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    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice location, good benefits, cafeteria, many good people

    Cons

    Reactive leadership and culture, fire fighting mentality, resources constrained, reward and bonus system leads to silos not teamwork, and under qualified leaders who don't know the basics of their roles and lack experience to be effective. A lot of 'shoot from the hip' and leaders get ahead by badmouthing others including their equals.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders need to start asking tough questions and stop listening only to good news. There is much talent in the organization that is buried under layers if poor leaders. Upper management is either not looking, not listening, or don't know what their people are capable of doing except for the fast trackers. Wake up and figure out where your talent is. Favoritism and nepotism need to go.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Way too many line mangement changes...

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and eoy bonus, good working conditions and some nice and friendly (those outside the BHP culture).

    Cons

    Great pay and bonus at a very high price to pay. Too many layers of management, top and line management changes are unreal (had 7 supervisors in 3 years) and lots of unexperienced managers and first line supervisors; KPI changes by the minute resulting in unfair eoy evaluations. Lots arrogant senior mangers that preach open door policy but refuse to practice it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the frequent management changes impacting delivery of KPIs and stop promoting unexperienced managers and supervisors to jobs that they do not fit. Use experienced people you have hired at a premium pay more effectively; and worry more on retaining good people.


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  5. Contract at BHP Billiton

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule since for the most part we manage ourselves. Supervisors compliment and see us as a value add.

    Cons

    Not included in any company sponsored events or meetings. Kept on outside at a distance

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to support company messaging when you are not included in the meetings where goals are unveiled. We have to dig and research when clients ask us to do something based on initiatives we don't know about. Would be time saving to know up front.


  6. Helpful (8)

    no thanks, i';ll move on ...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good salary, good bonus, for full time employees the lunch is subsidized at $2. if you want to build your career as a manager/supervisor, then great, come on along , just start here with no manager experience, and start belittling your coworkers, then you will most likely get promoted and praised...

    Cons

    lack of respect for contractors and most of the working people. managers are so out of touch with the people who work here. the culture is so strict and void of personality it makes me want to poke a pen in my eyeball out of boredom. have you ever read a dilbert cartoon or watched office space the movie.... exactly like that...

    Advice to Management

    wake up and stop being such turdballs. if i need to leave 15 min early, do i really need to find my nmanager and let them know that i'm leaving 15 min early? stop micromanaging and babysitting us !!


  7. Helpful (3)

    Diverse Company, Poor Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    $2 lunch, 9/80 schedule, office location, bonus

    Cons

    Frequent change in management, unrealistic expectations, poor structure leads to conflicting interests

    Advice to Management

    Set clear KPIs which are understood by all employees and supported by middle management.


  8. Helpful (9)

    Run away! Run far - far away!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great salary! Great benefits! The president seems to be a great man!

    Cons

    Middle management is all about the flavor of the month There is no direction KPI process is worthless 1SAP does not work for what is expected There is no chance for career advancement There are so many policies that they are not followed by anyone HR Policy is not only ignored - it is made up as we go HSE Policy is so cumbersome that no one knows what they are being asked to do Policies continuly contradict themselves Management gets shuffled about once per year making any initiatives nearly impossible Simplicity as a charter value? They should remove that one altogether.

    Advice to Management

    Get one program and stick with it Let the experts do their job Engineers don't know everything HR policies should be clear and concise HSE policies should be clear and concise


  9. Helpful (5)

    Not resourcing the future.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cheap lunch ($2) but not really all that. Nice location within Houston.

    Cons

    Projects lack long term expectancy due to frequent reorgs and low employee morale. Lack of training opportunities and exposure. A culture far from one of merit but cultural bias. Too much politics .

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers!! Better feedback in town halls. More inclusive work environment.


  10. Helpful (10)

    Politics, drama, high stress...yikes

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resource Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resource Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll work with some very talented oil and gas professionals. $2 lunches, gym, free parking, good benefits, above average pay.

    Cons

    As I stated before, yikes. As bad as it is at BHP, it is improving. The new CEO has made tremendous strides in an effort to undo the fear culture set up by the previous regime; however, there is much to be done. Essentially, they need to fire about 50% of the management. They are like a beat dog...huddled in the corner and scared to death to make a decision without 15 months of analysis...and then, and only then, act if there is ZERO risk. You can't run an effective business that way. This is why they haven't made any significant oil discoveries in over 10 years in deep water. I won't even start on shale...lost as a goose. Using draconian HSE practices that nobody else in the industry implements. It's losing money with no real strategy for long term growth. BHP is a low to middle of the pack oil company, but if you ask the leadership, they talk like they are the biggest oil company in the world. There is a reason the average tenure is 3 years. You can do better.

    Advice to Management

    Mass terminations at the mid-manager level would help.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Weird Environment

    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good pay and benefits. Everyone else is going through the same thing you are with mgt. 9/80 option is a cool swing.

    Cons

    They are much more impressed with themselves than their employees are with them. Do not expect to have a good work life balance. They talk it a lot but they do not walk it at all.



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