Rio Tinto Reviews

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Rio Tinto Chief Executive Sam Walsh
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Pros
  • Work - life Balance, employee safety is of great importance, (in 10 reviews)

  • very good benefits package for employees (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance difficult to manage (in 5 reviews)

  • Cyclical Industry, career progression is not defined (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Unstable with the wrong people doing the wrong jobs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great if you are a salary employee. Great location in the south part of the valley.

    Cons

    Stay away if you want to have a life. The mid-level managers will do and say anything to keep their jobs. They use and abuse their employees. Lots of back stabbing and throwing people under the bus. No one wants to take responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to leave things alone. You have the wrong people doing the wrong jobs, but since you have great benefits and good pay, no one wants to leave. But the work life sucks because there is none. Work you till you break or lay you off.


  2. Poor Rio Tinto - Kennecott is a Mess

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Principal Advisor, Health and Safety in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Contractor - Principal Advisor, Health and Safety in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Rio Tinto as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working as a contractor, I was paid very well, if not blindly overpaid.

    Cons

    Rio Tinto's Kennecott is a money pit dragging down shareholder value. Poor decisions, and seemingly little accountability seem the mainstay. In fact, maybe the management that survive are the ones with more of an eye on keeping a low profile and staying busy while repeat incompetence goes on around them. In my group, management operated as a club - albeit an incompetent one - where decisions were mainly political (where not utterly uninformed). Some players seemed fortunate to have a job - being so absurdly incompetent at management or fiscal decisions. You work there, and hopefully, learn what not to do, and how companies set them selves up for failure. Kennecott will eventually either pull Rio down or get spun off as the poorly-managed money pit that it is.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your management and command structure. Quit hiding incompetence, hiring the wrong people for the wrong reasons, Fire incompetents and rely less on high-dollar outside consultants and contractors where you should cultivate quality from within.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Big Brand...Highly Political....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Leader in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Leader in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation & benefits. Good for you to grow if you know someone in higher management of if you know how to play office politics.

    Cons

    Driven by Australians. No career prospects and career path for you if you are a non Australian even if you are located in another region. All top positions are filled by Australians. Highly political. The only way to survive is keep your boss happy and continue playing as much dirty office politics as you can. Performance does not matters.

    Advice to Management

    Give senior roles to more non Australians. Flush out all the politicans out.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not well managed company, in many senses.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Specialist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Reasonable package. Most colleagues are very professional and helpful.

    Cons

    Need to be cautious about office politics and be sensible to corporate information as your oversight will be used by someone against you, even though your have very legitimate reasons and good intention.

    Advice to Management

    Most managers are professional, but there are one or two political creatures that feel so insecure that it starts to prey on team member, especially those performing well enough to pose a threat. Senior management needs to be wary of predatory behavior of department head. EAP (employee assistant program is not very useful)


  6. Lots of promise but disappointing on the delivery

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee benefits are amazing - 16 weeks paid maternity leave in addition to the gov't scheme, subsidised private health, very generous annual training budget and possibility of jobs worldwide.

    Cons

    Very conservative culture with lots of red tape and a seemingly anti-innovation sentiment that contradicts the advertised company values. It's very rare to be promoted internally, most employees that are have left and come back a few years later in higher positions.


  7. They employee highly qualified people to do basic work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    I have been working at Rio Tinto

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestige of the Rio Tinto brand. Benefits offered by the company. Strong safety culture

    Cons

    Everyone is focused on achieving their bonus and covering their butt. There is no team playing. Policies and procedures are not applied consistently. HR is there to support management, there is not concern for employees to ensure process is followed correctly for discipline matters

    Advice to Management

    Money is not everything and employees will not stay is they do not feel they are being valued and challenged in their positions



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