Barrick Gold Reviews

Updated April 12, 2014
Updated April 12, 2014
42 Reviews

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Barrick Gold CEO Jamie C. Sokalsky
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  1.  

    Management out of touch.

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    Current Employee - Mine Maintenance  in  Carlin, NV
    Current Employee - Mine Maintenance in Carlin, NV

    I have been working at Barrick Gold full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, stable work environment for the industry.

    Cons

    Management doesn't address the issues in the work place, they ignore it and hope it will go away. Pay not really based on performance. Every hourly employee paid the same for their tech level no matter the type of job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees, if you are losing a lot of employees in a certain field maybe come down and talk to people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    too much burocracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elko, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elko, NV

    I have been working at Barrick Gold

    Pros

    4 days week, good benefits, good treatment by RH, lots of training

    Cons

    Luck of leadrship in middle management, cliquey middle management, very little communication and feedback

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate the middle management - too long time in the same place (>10 years)

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unprofessional, under qualified management, Short term planning, Unethical. Bad HR.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barrick Gold full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Low performance environment. Easy to coast along

    Cons

    Mid tier salaries, Inadequate HR, Unprofessional environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement an action a real, independent organisational review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Avoid for now until new leadership team is fixed

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Barrick Gold full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some good people particularly in specialized mining roles.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and need to turn over some under performing leaders. Expected more from Talent Management there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a stronger leadership team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall satisfied

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barrick Gold

    Pros

    Excellent salaries and benefits for employees

    Cons

    In my case very long working shifts

  7.  

    Good pay and benefits, bad everything else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Barrick Gold

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits, all employees were helpful when someone was in need, good level of communication from management,

    Cons

    The level of drama within the office is highly distracting, too much micro-managing, almost nothing runs to schedule, IT issues took a long time to resolve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop micromanaging your workers. It slows everything down and raises a lot of hostility. Let people do their jobs without management breathing down their necks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good people, good intentions, remote leadership

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    Current Employee - Underground Geologist  in  Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Underground Geologist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at Barrick Gold

    Pros

    Partners included on health care plan, with the turn-over so high if you show any aptitude you will soon be trained up in things that would have taken you years before you would have got a crack at doing them elsewhere. Hence Barrick seems to be a good training ground. But with the Gen Y coming through they want to be paid top dollar from the start so there is higher turn over. Which is a shame because given the chance Barrick seemed to look after it's people and train them up. I got put through numerous training coarses while with them and the mid level on site were great with the best intentions.

    Cons

    Not flexible enough to compete in Australia in a highly competitive market. Always playing catch up with people getting poached by more aggressive competitors. The turnover onsite was horrendous and people were always being stretched to do work that was above there station at that time. With a couple of months of being underground I was considered senior enough to start showing people the ropes. In an boom economy it seemed that the management had their head in the sand and didn't want to step up to compete with other players, this from the worlds largest gold producer! It created a negative atmosphere. People wanted to stay as to not let their mates down but Management didn't seem to give a toss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't manage Australian gold mines from Canada your out of touch with the market here and always three months behind the play.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Dissatisfied at Barrick

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    Current Employee - Middle Level Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Middle Level Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Barrick Gold

    Pros

    Gold mining is currently a high growth industry and all gold minin companies are enjoying tremendous growth. Barrick is also growingby leaps and bounds and is hiring large numbers of people. With high turnover especially for staff with mining expertise, the compensation levels are improving significantly.

    Cons

    You need to have a very thick skin to work for an employer who pollutes the earth as part of it's core business and is hated by all environmentalists and locals where it has it's mines. It is a cyclical industry with sharp upturns and downturns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to promote from within and stop ignoring employees who are not well connected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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