Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
123 Reviews
3.6
123 Reviews
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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold President, CEO, and Director Richard C. Adkerson
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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.  

    No work/life balance for salary personnel

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, benefits and training opportunities

    Cons

    Excessive overtime is expected of all salary personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire additional personnel to reduce work hours and prevent burnout

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Unethical company

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good bonus and fair compensation. Profitable company with good future outlook. Some positive elements of corporate culture

    Cons

    Their local management in some locations is autocratic and unethical. Their ethic hotline is not worth anything. They fire people that made complains in good faith.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Management Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bagdad, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bagdad, AZ

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

    Pros

    They have good pay and benefits. The people you work with are okay . They have started a training program in Bagdad now.

    Cons

    The management is out to get you most of the time. They are all looking to move up to up and don't care how they do it. The morale is really bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Main office should look in to what really is going on. They all cover for each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Learn a lot about different equipment

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and get educated about a trade

    Cons

    The work environment is messy. Too many politics in this place... it's not what you know...it's who you ____

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the good olé boy system, realize who is doing work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company has no plans for college graduates

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Morenci, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Morenci, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, cheap town

    Cons

    Upper management uses the good old buddy system for hiring... managers have no higher education, there are no plans for people with degrees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look around and see how much talent you guys are wasting. Have some development plans for your educated employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Repair Employee in Parshall, CO
    Current Employee - Maintenance Repair Employee in Parshall, CO

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

    Pros

    Benefits package, Location, Paid Lunchs

    Cons

    Politics, To many relatives at the same place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Just a stopping point; you'll leave frustrated

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

    Pros

    Fortune 500
    Very good name to have on résumé
    Opportunity to work for a global company and travel internationally
    Salary and bonus are higher than average for Phoenix

    If you love office politics and big corporate bureaucracy, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    You will be worked to the max.
    Management has unreal expectations deliverable timelines then complains when mistakes are made.

    Don't work hard and expect to be promoted, it will never happen. The harder you work, you will be given more and more of the same type of work, thereby inadvertently becoming a specialist. As result, management will pass you over for promotion due to the niche you put yourself in.

    Management will fill your head with all sorts of fantasies of promotions and working all over the world. Once again, this will never happen. They will tell you whatever they feel you need to hear to get you to come in and do whatever work you have been assigned. Management want pliable people they can push around. If you have an opinion about how things should be done, either keep it to yourself or you will be stuck in your job for the duration of your time at the company.

    Lastly, if all else fails, when discussing career development, management will tell you "You don't want to do that, you're in a better opportunity to advance in your current role". If you still persist, you will eventually be told vague and ambiguous reasons such as attitude and other behavioral issues are holding you back. All while you regularly see management berate and yell at you and your co-workers on a fairly regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the legacy Phelps Dodge management. They are the primary reason morale is so low.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent environment

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and the pay is above average. There can also be room for advancement in certain fields.

    Cons

    The work environment can be quite negative. The supervisors raise their voices to get points across and there is a lack of respect in the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    don't bother going above and beyond here...you won't be rewarded

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

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

    Pros

    the work can be challenging, which will keep you busy and never bored with nothing to do. most of the employees are really friendly and easy to get a long with....i've made some great friends at Freeport

    Cons

    your reward for good work is more work. hr has a stranglehold on job descriptions and grades with little wiggle room for managers to improve their direct reports' pay. bonus structure is based on a bell curve as though we are in college, with an emphasis on placing people in an "average" category despite whatever effort they put forth. freeport is full of "yes men" and upper management is completely out of touch with employees. there is significant resentment in the workforce due to management and upper management not recognizing good work that employees do and not pushing for appropriate compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start paying more attention to what is going on around there. find out how projects are actually going instead of relying on "yes men" for status reports. reward those who go out of their way to do a good job rather than allowing them to become jaded, run down, and frustrated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    No growth opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Salary above Phoenix average
    Nice office located in downtown Phoenix

    Cons

    Path to management position is based on politics, not on what one has achieved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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