Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Reviews

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
98 Reviews

3.4
98 Reviews
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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold President, CEO, and Director Richard C. Adkerson
Richard C. Adkerson
58 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Training is always ongoing to develop skills, great safety culture, great pay and awesome benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits, corporation cares for their employees (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management uses the good old buddy system for hiring (in 9 reviews)

  • Very unreasonable HR, Senior Management with no respect to company policies or treating people with respect (in 5 reviews)

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12 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Waste of time and horrible people and work place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overall I can not think of any pros at all. The pay was not worth my life, my happiness, and took too much time away from my babies.

    Cons

    they are far from equal opportunity. There is plenty if discrimination at the morenci mine. From race to dicrimiation of sex(woman) unless your especially "friendly". There is also ALOT of favoritism, a lot of people who get the night positions are from around morenci, Duncan and Safford and they make it a point to put their family and friends in good position. Contractors there were very dangerous and far from safe. Once you hit that mine your playing their games and you better hope that your in good with certain people otherwise they will try and intimidate you, threaten your job, put you in unsafe and uncomfortable situations. BEWARE!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of them.

  2.  

    The IT department culture is confrontational and combative.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I've heard the pay is excellent for direct employees.

    Cons

    The IT department culture is confrontational and combative, especially towards contractors who get used up and discarded. The tone is set at the IT Leadership levels which use fear and anger as the primary method to motivate people. This practice is largely adopted by the rest of the IT organization, likely from a sense of self-preservation, though there a few rational and brave managers. I’ve heard first-hand the use of escalation threats which successfully got IT contractors to work OT.

    If you are a contractor, don’t take my word for it – ask other contractors and vendors. If you decide to take the contract, price it accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas

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

    Pros

    Variety of job responsibilities. Accomplished major projects with no impact to business continuity. Prior to new leadership in this department, I had the ability and trust of Sr. Management to move forward with maintenance issues, working with building management and engineers. Covered all facilities in Texas, California and Louisiana.

    Cons

    The challenges with new Leadership was enduring daily insults in person and among colleagues. Alliances and successes with other Departmental Management was always good but internal issues were not brought to Sr. Management attention and Sr. Management did not engage on this level. HR Department was a dead end for these types of situations. Mandatory Workshops such as "Supervisory Skills" and "Identifying Personality Types for better communication skills" in the organization were mandatory but never allowed to practice. Waste of time and money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your leadership and their communication styles. Allow for mediation with no recourse such as the threat of termination or being encouraged to leave the organization.

    All the following "Rating Chart" below is based on Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas prior to the merger with Plains Exploration & Production Company

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

    A large company managed by few Yes people from same PTFI Indonesia Club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Process Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Strategic Process Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Large capital base
    Profitable Papua mines where gold is produced as a by product and the production cost is nullified into profit.
    Lucky to have few excellent resources strategically located world wide minimising the risks
    Excellent CFO, Chairman, CEO and the board

    Cons

    Top management is consisted of mostly people who worked together in PTFI Indonesia. So birds of same feather.
    Prejudicial relationship because some of the top executives worked together outside Freeport as well as they worked together in Papua
    No framework of performance management - all whims and fancies.
    You need to have a God Father
    Professional management is just missing from the people who are just below the Board
    Lack of transparency
    Incomeptent admin officers and clerks are promoted in decision making levels so as to support their managers at all times without any threat .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please wake up - think PRFI is not the best practice for all mines - Instill professionally qualified managers and JUST NOT YES MEN/WOMEN. They will let sink the company together by not challenging any decision.
    Do not promote incompetent clerical staff to senior management level without market testing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company/Clickish Management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good salary and benefits bonus

    Cons

    Work is often at remote sites

  7.  

    Same old

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Intern in New Orleans, LA

    Pros

    The money was ok, but management was not engaging.

    Cons

    Management did not listen to workers' issues

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Definately the worst workplace!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hydromet Operator Ll  in  Safford, AZ
    Former Employee - Hydromet Operator Ll in Safford, AZ

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits and ok schedule! When the Sx/Ew Plant was first started up they choose and hired the best in the industry and took care of their workforce Management at that time cared and showed and received the utmost respect.

    Cons

    As the first year concluded management changed hands and then the work enviroment turned hostile and reclusive, Upper management let go of the reigns and then the click mantality took over and then backstabbing and childs play ensued, supervision had alot to be desired lots of unsatisfied exempt employees and it trickled to the non exempt workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to give i understand it is still the same if not worse! Management and the Company do not desire change!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Freeport McMoRan

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mining Engineer  in  Morenci, MI
    Current Employee - Mining Engineer in Morenci, MI

    Pros

    none. This is a very poorly run company that only supports senior management.

    Cons

    poor management. Management is self absorbed and does not care about its employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete overhaul of managemet

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not the best job if you want to learn and grow your life but if your lazy and ok with staying put you will do great!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Concentrator Mechanic  in  Vanadium, NM
    Current Employee - Concentrator Mechanic in Vanadium, NM

    Pros

    Pay is good, hours are good with a good schedule

    Cons

    COMMUNICATION!!! UNION SUCKS!!! LAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZY BOSSES and all around if your young and want to grow your life you cant because your not green carded to do anything there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your employees are doing if you had better productivity with better communication skills you could cut the contractors out and truly grow the mine. The reason this place lays off so often is not because of copper prices more because of managers allowing people to milk the clock and waste the companies money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good money--but not worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Superintendent
    Former Employee - Superintendent

    Pros

    The money and amount of vacation were good.

    Cons

    I was working at their property in Indonesia. Before starting there I anticipated that the major challenges of the job would be dealing with the environment (cold, rainy etc.) and the isolation (very small town). These things were tolerable. What ended up being the biggest challenge was dealing with management. There was very little communication and acquiring the tools I needed to do my job was always a struggle. The company is very shrewd and instead of giving feedback if there are issues they will simply get rid of you and try someone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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