BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
229 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 12 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.  

    Great Company with Awesome Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks such as:
    -6% matching 401K and an Employer Funded Account - all employes are vested day 1 of employment
    -Healthcare, dental, vision
    -minimum 3 weeks vacation
    -unlimited sick days
    -9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)
    -$2 lunches
    -Gym and carpooling reimbursements
    -perks of sponsoring the Texas and Dynamo (tickets, raffles, etc.)
    -central, Galleria location

    Cons

    -In some departments, the work-life balance is not ideal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new CEO is setting the company on a great path. Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Onboarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for once you get in

    Cons

    Took 2 months to get in, dont let them fool you into thinking it will be less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline HR Onboarding

  3.  

    Satisfied

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton as a contractor

    Pros

    Good pay, Flexible time off, everyone is helpful to each other.

    Cons

    Seems a little disorganized. Not much communication between departments that are working on a common project. This is very strange. There should be one project lead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Culture is changing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, Benefits, and challenging work. Work life balance is pretty good unless you are a manager. $2 lunches can't be beat. The micor managing culture is slowly fading away but there is a long way to go

    Cons

    Company seems to have no real direction for where it wants to go. Very little success has been achieved in exploration to bring in new reserves. Management is too risk adversive and not willing to take chances on smaller plays. Only seem interested in the next big thing instead of stringing together moderate successes. Overly process oriented which prevents being a first mover into areas and finding the next big thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take some risk. remove the red tape and listen to your employess. They know what they are doing and how to get the job done. That is why you hired them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent People to Work With

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant in Victoria, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant in Victoria, TX

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

    Pros

    Everyone here will talk about how much they enjoy BHP as a company, their co-workers, and office environment. They promote mainly from within, and they really take stock in how you are as a worker, and how much you contribute. Time off is extremely easy with the location I'm at, though I've heard it's different at corporate. I love my boss and the other people I work directly for.

    Cons

    The outsourced third-party service desk. It's painful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure about the rest of you, but my boss, you keep on keeping on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Great Pay
    Excellent Retirement
    Great People

    Cons

    Just when you learn a new process everything changes, can be a little frustrating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New senior management has done a great job trying to change the old culture in the company. Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alright....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    great training and structured pay. BHP greatly focused on training for all individuals, whether you were an admin assistant or a Sr. manager/VP. pay follows suit and they try to be in the top 75% of pay between other companies or similar and smaller size. This is benficial to the employees. Cafeteria plan has excellent food and is very cheap. retirement benefits are plush and worth sticking around for. Good company for sure

    Cons

    no advancement, too many processes. The upper management lacked direction and understanding of anything shale, their experience was strickly offshore, this led to many misguided directions within upper management. The company wasnt doing too well with their newly acquired shale assets. They were too many processes and too conservative. cost them a ton of money and made many wells unprofitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offshore isnt everything

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, changing culture with new management.

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, career progression, travel etc. Good career paths in place for most disciplines.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours and tough expectations that can impact personal life, although culture does seem to be changing some with new management. Lots of processes in place that dont appear very effective, but again there is evidence of this changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with efforts to change the culture, it is making a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Current employee and have been here for 1 year

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

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

    Pros

    Above average compensation/benefits compared to other Oil and Gas companies. Excellent bonus structure. Company seems to be very employee focused with a goal of attracting and keeping top talent. The cafeteria and $2 lunch are awesome!

    Cons

    Seem to be experiencing some growing pains. The shale division was formed basically from acquiring Petrohawk as well as a Chesapeake field. Transition and development of processes is ongoing. Technology and tools to do your job seem to be lagging behind the times and other companies. Getting software to do your job is a nightmare since it has to go through several layers to be allowed on your machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and keep them informed of why they are being asked to do something. Need an upgrade on personal computers and software.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair company that shouldn't have left town

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and fair wages. Offices were some of the best in town.

    Cons

    Hive mentality, closed all satellite offices that were acquired from another company acquisition, shipped all the jobs to Houston to a single headquarters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think twice next time about consolidating and centralizing when you have excellent skilled workers who will not move to another city. We live in a modern world where people can work from anywhere and still do an excellent job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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