Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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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. Chief operator boron California

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boron, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boron, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and schedule benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Poor management don't listen to employees. Trying to break the union. Turnover is very high on the management side.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within to get better experience in the supervisor ranks. Listen to operator's who run the plant everyday we know what we are doing.


  2. Moribund, slow but prestigious

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rio is one of the doyen's of the diversified mining companies and working for them comes with automatic prestige on your resume.

    Cons

    Mining is a miserable place at the moment. Rio makes it even worse by endlessly delaying difficult decisions and having no established career pathway. Progression here has always been based on a "master-protoge" relationship and is likely always going to be that way.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up difficult decisions, give people serious opportunities to develop.


  3. Ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The benefits were very good

    Cons

    The management was all over the place


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  5. Information Technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rio Tinto has had excellent benefits, and the people there are terrific to work with. The technologies deployed for mining tech is very interesting.

    Cons

    They are undergoing cost saving initiatives and outsourcing many of their services, resulting in uncertainty for current staff. Being part of a global group, the work day can stretch for many hours to be able to meet with colleagues in other regions, making work/life balance difficult to non-existent.


  6. Okay Job, scary long term.

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    Current Employee - Procurement Officer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Procurement Officer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People, great training good benefits.

    Cons

    Unsure if you will keep your job they are outsourcing most work.


  7. I've had a good experience working for Rio Tinto but the focus in on shareholders, not employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Global Company Opportunity to move globally

    Cons

    Very hierarchical Difficult to be recognized and rewarded for outstanding work

    Advice to Management

    People need to be more empowered to make change and provide input


  8. Seemed quite unorganized at the time of my employment.

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    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto as an intern (More than a 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 Management

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


  9. Was a great organization

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    Former Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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    Australian gravy train

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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.


  11. Rio Tinto Minerals in Denver- all kinds of bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.



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