Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
107 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work atmosphere, good work-life balance, positive safety culture (in 8 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.  

    Seemed quite unorganized at the time of my employment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    For an internship, the pay was pretty good. Taught me how to be a self-starter. Was included in some of my teams lunches.

    Cons

    No benefits for interns. As an intern, I had hoped for a mentor to help guide me in learning the mining industry, but the company was so unorganized that I didn't even have a real supervisor for months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the interns or the small people. One day they could be running the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Was a great organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, you have an opportunity to work with international teams.

    Cons

    Management isn't close to workers, so many disconnects. Likes to talk about development opportunities, but then stops funding to training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff your teams, so they aren't overworked
    Practice what you preach - no work life balance whatsoever
    Lead, as opposed to manage
    Hire people who aren't your relatives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Australian gravy train

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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

    Pros

    - global footprint and pretty good salary/work ratio; great business class travel and ability to stay at expensive hotels

    Cons

    - Australian company pretending to be global, but run by Perth boys that have very little understanding of Africa, Latin America, etc. so they make terrible acquisitions and hire (and only listen to) people just like themselves and then scapegoat the outsider, non-Australians when things go wrong
    - lets internal politics cloud judgement and strategy;
    - a lot of lip service on diversity but there is no real management buy-in or monitoring, incentivizing of an open-minded culture and breadth of views -the more senior person wins even if they were the ones that were behind huge mistakes such as Alcan acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - spend money and time on the wrong things and people such as lots of managers who drive their analysis and recommendations based on their personal agendas (and support them with lots of expensive yes men); management does not enforce true accountability for making the right (or more often, wrong) decisions or recommendations.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rio Tinto Minerals in Denver- all kinds of bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Pay is amazing if you're in a management role, otherwise it is a little higher than market.

    Cons

    The corporate structure is quite bureaucratic: there are a lot of check boxes to fill, but otherwise leaders don't do anything. If you are applying for a managerial role and you are lazy, this is the perfect place for you. You can sit back, not care about your company or your people, and as long as you stick around, you'll keep moving up and making more money.

    If you're starting from the bottom, driven and hard working with the thought that it will take you places, it won't. Expect to be taken advantage of without an awesome bonus that all the lazy people around you get to enjoy. The only thing that is rewarded is time; all that matters is how long you have been with the company, not what you contribute. So stop caring, sit back, and let yourself waste away and you'll do great!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep praying that US Borax doesn't get divested because you'll never be able to replace your pay with the lack of skills you possess.

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

    Excellent workforce to work with (SLC, UT- US).

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    I received excellent experience working in HR. I learned more than I did with any other company and had a variety of responsibilities.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is wasteful with resources and office workers are set up to fail. Too much work is piled on each person's shoulders. Global strategy hurts regions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give each region (sometimes country) its own power to customize strategy to what works for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Tough Culture to adopt.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are offered great benefits

    Cons

    The Culture is a tough one to adopt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move employees around more

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Big company big politics

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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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Great experience
    Great pay
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    No transparency
    No trust
    Salary vs hourly problems
    Rotating shift work
    Rough work environment
    Long hours
    Overly concerned about saftey limit job functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic goals. Be more transpaent with employees. Care about workforce more. Make smart desisions. Quit jumping over millions to save thousands. Quarterly goals and salary bonuses are so over emphasized that important long term reliabilty is being over looked.

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

    Fast paced environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HSE in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - HSE in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sharp technology and smart people

    Cons

    bogged down bureaucracy and petty jealousy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop making unreasonable demands because you are burning out good people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Inconsistent Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Development Panning in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Director of Development Panning in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    -Ability to work on larger projects
    - international assignments
    - great benefits and compensation
    - great people and managers

    Cons

    - Big and bureaucratic
    - confused strategic direction
    - difficult rising in the organization
    - seems like you need to be Australian to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to work on consistency. I worked in several different business units and the culture and application of standards were quite different. The company is very cliquey and some of the groups are very resistant to change. Pick a strategy and stick with it for more than a year. You waste too much money paying consultants without any real oversight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much politics and BS all over the company, no job stability found in this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RTP Administrative in South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - RTP Administrative in South Jordan, UT

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

    Pros

    good pay, great benefits, diversify cultures, free gym, (some) fun coworkers

    Cons

    too much to put in here. You name it: politics, games, betrayal, side taking, sleep their way up, manager is just someone who monitors what time you come in and go home and propose your position to be eliminated. Sucks environment. No job secure whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice because these people don't care. Also, HR is useless. You can't trust anyone there but yourself!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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