BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Drilling Consultant

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    Former Employee - DRILLING CONSULTANT in Homestead Meadows South, TX
    Former Employee - DRILLING CONSULTANT in Homestead Meadows South, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They let you know what they want

    Cons

    To Much Micro management involved

  2. Helpful (1)

    Information Management Intern

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    Former Intern - IM Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - IM Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was there for IM Summer Intern. I would say great company to work with. This was my first internship and I was scared about my performance, but I was around with the good team. They all are super helpful, learned great things while working there. I would not be what I am now if I was not there.

    Cons

    The only thing I would say that my mentor is in the other building than me. He's one of the senior manager so he's busy most of the time, sometime it's really hard to catch him up to review my assignments/question.

    Advice to Management

    I would definitely say that reconsider your mentor plan. If intern around with mentor it will help them to perform well within the assigned time period.

  3. Helpful (2)

    good salary

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    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Denver, CO
    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Denver, CO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary! In general the company is well organized. The company is international. The are in production of many commodities such as coal, oil, copper, and so on.

    Cons

    middle management sucks. I would like to also put emphasis on career advancement. Career advancement is very difficult because it is a big company. Being an employee in a big company requires a lot of effort to advance in your career.

    Advice to Management

    improvement of middle management. You will see a lot of people complaining about this middle management. there is a reason to that.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    Solid company but lots of challenges to overcome.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits- unlimited sick days, free health care, 9/80 every other Friday off. If you're just looking for a nice paycheck you'll love it.

    Cons

    Long term outlook for the business isn't good. Too many processes. Systems get in the way of accomplishing meaningful work. Too much change for the sake of change. NO RAISES, just COL. HR arrogance. Deadbeat employees not held accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Improvements are great but too many changes keep employees unsettled and unsure of what's coming next. Walk the Talk - reward hard workers and eliminate those that don't. This isn't Socialism and hurts morale for the high performing workers.

  6. Helpful (1)

    BHP Houston Review

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    Current Employee - Associate Finance Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Finance Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid salary, bonus (20-30% by level), 401k (14.5% match). Great cafeteria that's subsidized at $2/day. Fantastic Christmas party.

    Organization is very flat. High exposure to senior and c-level management. I found the quality of fellow analysts to be very high.

    Cons

    Awful middle management within finance. A house cleaning at this level is sorely needed.

    Management doesn't listen to feedback particularly related to work load. Our team has been cut a lot the past 2 years while work requirements have increased. Mixed signals are given on career path.

    Systems are pretty awful as they've forced petroleum to match mining which allows little to no flexibility in designing reporting that works well. It takes huge amounts of systems time to get back the data you need.

    Title system is very strange and reflects Australian naming conventions.

    Advice to Management

    360 reviews could help show senior management the real weak links in their lower tiers. Stop ignoring the jerks and takers. It's why your good people leave.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Ways to improve

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Great benefits and good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Changes in procedures happen all too frequently. Computer systems go down often and outages are a regular issue.

    Advice to Management

    Have more in-house computer techs and less outsourcing of network support.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company with Awesome Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. 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 Management

    Streamline HR Onboarding

  10. Satisfied

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at BHP Billiton as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Culture is changing

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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