Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
121 Reviews
3.6
121 Reviews
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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold President, CEO, and Director Richard C. Adkerson
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70 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Training is always ongoing to develop skills, great safety culture, great pay and awesome benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • Great People, small companies, great benefits (in 9 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long term employment is not encouraged.

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

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company pays good bonuses. Wages are mid-level compared with other Fortune 500 companies.

    Cons

    High pay is required to compensate for poor treatment and 14% annual attrition. Salaried employees are required to work minimum 50 hours per week but 60 hours per week are normal and management tracks you. Bonuses are large but not sufficient to balance the poor treatment of the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee's hearts and loyalty cannot be bought.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Management Clueless to Staff's Needs and Actions

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

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very few. Working the hours of 4:00am to 2:00pm makes the weeks go by faster. Working with very "simple" people.

    Cons

    Little attention given to those lower down on the totem pol. Unsafe working conditions due to Drunken Staff Workers Brought in from other parts of the world without any training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people and keep an eye on them.
    This was an unsafe work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waste of time and horrible people and work place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

    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.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The IT department culture is confrontational and combative.

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

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold as a contractor (more than an year)

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company/Clickish Management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

    Pros

    good salary and benefits bonus

    Cons

    Work is often at remote sites

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (less than an year)

    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
  10. 2 people 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

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (more than an year)

    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
  11. 2 people 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

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (more than 3 years)

    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

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