BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated June 8, 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. Document Controller and Records Clerk

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Document Controller in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Document Controller in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It is a progressive Company

    Cons

    Outsourcing Document Control Positions to Offshore Company from India.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Document Controller

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Document Controller in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Document Controller in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    BHP Billiton was a great company to work for and knew how to treat their employees

    Cons

    Some of the supervisors were unprofessional and only out for themselves and did not know how to train properly

    Advice to Management

    Handle layoffs a lot better, more personal level not over the phone


  3. Helpful (1)

    Amazing internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interning at this company was an amazing experience. They have really grown the internship program in recent years and the support that interns receive from HR, the senior leadership team, and their departments is phenomenal. We always felt like we were a part of the team and not simply a temp worker for the summer. We had a nice schedule laid out for the summer that included site visits and social outings with interns and employees. The Galleria area is a great place to live, and the 9/80 work week made our summer that much more fun. The work-life balance was also great and I never felt like I had to take my work home with me. The high pay was great to have, but the provided housing is what really sealed the deal.

    Cons

    With such a large organization, we found ourselves in meetings more often than I would have liked. Sometimes we wouldn't see our supervisors until after hours because they were running from meeting to meeting all day.


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  5. Best company I have ever worked for!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, awesome managers and coworkers. Many new opportunities!

    Cons

    Cannot think of any. Great place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Invest time into creating automated processes that are simple and efficient.


  6. Great culture and people to work with

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Managers interested in personal growth
    $2 lunches
    9/80 Schedule

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit too lax


  7. company

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Well defined rules

    Cons

    Process freaks. Too many meeting.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Solid employee value proposition, values people, strong ethics

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

    Compensation and benefits second to none, work/life balance respected

    Cons

    Bureacracy common of larger corporations, many layers of managment, slow progression (in most cases)

    Advice to Management

    Need a sense of urgency in execution of strategy, innovation needs to be encouraged.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company, getting even better!

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

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits! The company pays more than lip service to it's commitment to sustainability (keeping employees/contractors safe, operating responsibly, protecting the environment, etc.).. Many A+ managers and individual contributors. World class assets. Good leadership at the helm of the corporation and the Petroleum business. Plenty of opportunity to build your own career and be rewarded for it provided you are willing to put forth the effort required.

    Cons

    Dealing with draconian processes and bureaucracies can be cumbersome. Under previous administrations a culture of fear emerged and many people were hesitant to take vacation or sick time for fear of not doing some work. This is improving.

    Advice to Management

    BHP is undergoing a massive corporate culture redefinition. Stay the course--keep doing what you're doing--it's working!


  10. Finance Graduate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Starting Salary. Top 20%

    Cons

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  11. Helpful (3)

    Culture change due to new executive management very appealing

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

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is at the 99%
    Benefits at 99%
    Retirement and stock options at 99%
    Bonus options at 99%
    Subsidized lunch for $2 with healthy and better than your average cafe options
    Choose Flexible work schedule 9/80 or work every friday or half day Fridays
    Can gain responsibility and diversify workload if you CHOOSE to, or don't
    Bottom up performance review.. performance is evaluated by direct supervisor, group supervisor, VP, President

    Cons

    Processes are geared toward offshore and inefficient for land operations
    Sometimes slow work load during "waiting period"
    No sense of urgency to complete projects, unable to work on small projects that should take a day or two ends up taking a week or two
    Slow career progression in terms of actual change in duties not just title changes
    No visibility into other teams outside your own

    Advice to Management

    Take HR issues seriously and show you care, do not sweep them under the rug and hope no one brings them up
    Example: employee issues with supervisor, sexual harassment, etc.

    Executive level management is very impressive and the change between CEO's in culture is very noticeable and will likely reduce turnover

    Senior management level needs proper management training



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