Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated May 27, 2015
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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. Great company but very strong politics.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Mine in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Intern - Mine in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Many Employment Resources, Strong Safety Culture, Knowledgeable Workforce

    Cons

    Extremely Structured, No Accountability for Screw ups, Hiring of like minded people while repressing diverse thought processes

    Advice to Management

    Avoid hiring people because they go to your alma mater or go to church with you. Look to diverse the backgrounds of you employees (i.e. rural background to city background). Don't just pass the blame to the next person.


  2. Is mining business?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Advisor
    Current Employee - Chief Advisor

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

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

    Pros

    The company generally pays well and tries to be a leader in safety, health, and environment.

    Cons

    The company is run by miners and not business men. Regularly, poor choices are made that no rational business person would make.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Just a paycheck, not a career

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

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good money and exposure to a different perspective on mining than most other companies on the planet. A good place to learn what not to do. Great severances packages.

    Learn what you need and then move on. You will never retire from Rio Tinto. You will only be made redundant eventually. Be in control of your own destiny and leave when the time is right for you.

    Cons

    An organization that has lost touch with mining and processing. Rio Tinto is not an IT business or an academic organization to experiment and develop "the mine of the future". Mining is still just that, mining. Get over yourselves! Too many Australians trying to overcompensate for the Australian stereotype of not being too smart and being lifeguards.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to your roots and be real miners. Stabilized the peaks and valleys; don't spend like drunken sailors when times are good only to turn into pirates and line everyone up to walk the plank when times are bad. The word gets around about the old "hire everyone" and then "fire everyone".


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  5. All of Purchasing will be eliminated with Bruckner Supply outsourcing within 24 months.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Officer in South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Purchasing Officer in South Jordan, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits and it's a very prestigious company to work for and be proud of affiliation.

    Cons

    Work is divided up and spread throughout too many departments which makes each department a dead end without advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Annual reviews shouldn't be based on global criteria that has little relevance to every position, location or actual work required.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Underground Planner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yellowknife, YT (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yellowknife, YT (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging work environment and able to technically grow.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, managers and technical service managers do not provide adequate supervision or discipline when safety an issue with enforcement of SOPs

    Do not provide adequate support or staff to complete assigned tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate senior staff out to different operations to prevent complacency and exposure to other modes of management. The current staff requires retraining.


  7. Just a number

    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Good development opportunites, some of the best training in the world

    Cons

    A lot of waste, senior leaders will let good people go and surround themselves with under performers to make themselves look good. Some will be prepared to let staff go as long as they retain business travel and other perks

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting shareholder money and retain good staff rather than protect your own needs


  8. Lost their way after the boom

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Train Driver in Karratha (Australia)
    Current Employee - Train Driver in Karratha (Australia)

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    * Good remuneration packages.
    * Option of residential or FIFO at a number of locations.
    * If you are fortunate enough to have a good leader, they can assist in career progression.
    * Community involvement and support is strong in residential RTIO towns.
    * Good equipment provided from machinery to LV's, in new condition and well maintained.
    * Duty of care to safety is taken responsibly by majority of employees.

    Cons

    * During the boom, there was a rush to put 'bums on seats' as a result, a number of individuals that weren't fairly suited to the mining industry were employed in various roles. A number of these individuals have maintained employment within the company and gained promotions to level of decision makers, but are not necessarily competent or respected, this is creating disharmony in many areas throughout the business.
    * Nepotism & cronyism is rife throughout the business.
    * Training is not well executed and opportunities for training are poor.
    * Very, VERY poor support for employee's suffering with mental health issues, most colleagues that I am aware of, will not disclose mental health issues &/or use of anti-depressants/other medications, for fear they will be targeted or dismissed on ground of not being suitable for the role.
    * Left hand doesn't talk to the right, communication of interface operations is poor.
    * HR are difficult to contact, rarely respond and are strongly company biased.
    * When a leader targets an employee, there is no support provided to stop bullying/victimisation.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see an independent review of the operations be undertaken by a psychologist (or team of) and subject expert. The review would interview a wide and encompassing section of each department/operation, including employees that have left the company within the past 2 years. The aim of the study would be to gather information and make informed and responsible conclusions about the failings in departments and suggested remedies to improve, safety, production and employee satisfaction.
    For example, within Rail Operations there is wide spread dissatisfaction amongst train drivers at all depots. In particular at the Cape Lambert operation; there is a high number of incidents occurring and incidents with the potential for severe outcomes, this being due to inexperience, poor training implementation and too many changes in a short time span. Rosters are disorganised, leave is difficult to secure and morale is very low. Leadership is not leading by good example.
    Listen to the Employee's on the ground that are the subject experts and encourage promotion through the ranks from the shop floor up, too much weight is given to employing persons with University degree's in operational management roles that do not understand the workings of the environments. There is a wealth in the knowledge of the people and a pride and loyalty to their role, for a mining company, it is irony that they ignore this incredible resource.


  9. Decent company, but very limited growth opportunities

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

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My colleagues are competent, qualified professionals, with great work ethics. My work was interesting when I first started. There are great perks like an in-house private clinic, gym, cafeteria, etc., and good benefits.

    Cons

    An unfortunate side effect of the recent cost-cutting initiatives has been a lack of career development opportunities. I've been checking the internal job postings religiously for a year and literally nothing has come up in my Group. The department I work in has been downsized and there are no growth opportunities where I am, not even within my role. I have to choose between stagnating in my career or looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Please put a greater focus on career development and talent management. I would prefer to stay within the company, but unfortunately there don't seem to be any opportunities.


  10. Working in the shared services IS&T organisation

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

    I have been working at Rio Tinto

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

    Pros

    Good salary package, some good people and the global environement make great international networking.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership, poor communication, lack vision and collaboration. Not well reagrded by the business, seen as a cost only, and not a business value enabler. Not the place for an IT professional looking to make a change. Lacking an experienced and professional CIO for well over 18 months.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps review the leadership model as much as the operating model.


  11. Looks good on the outside, doesnt care much once you're in

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

    I have been working at Rio Tinto

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

    Pros

    Good pay, free lunches and nice share package

    Cons

    Low morale, no promotion opportunities, very hierarchial



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