Rio Tinto

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Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
119 Reviews
3.5
119 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work atmosphere, good work-life balance, positive safety culture (in 10 reviews)

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


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

  • Too much red tape / No defined career progression and succession planning (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Is mining business?

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

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just a paycheck, not a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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

    I worked at Rio Tinto

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lost their way after the boom

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent company, but very limited growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working in the shared services IS&T organisation

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

    I have been working at Rio Tinto

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at Rio Tinto

    Pros

    Good pay, free lunches and nice share package

    Cons

    Low morale, no promotion opportunities, very hierarchial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Rio Tinto

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at Rio Tinto

    Pros

    Salaries are generally higher across the board. Rio Tinto has a good and widely recognised brand name. There is the opportunity to be involved in high profile matters.

    Cons

    Communication to staff is lacking. Study allowances do not compare to its competitors. Career development is often neglected. Progress in projects and initiatives can be very slow given the size of the corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to staff more. Salaries may keep and attract staff but will not be enough to keep employees motivated. More attention to recognising work and career development is required.

    No opinion of CEO

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