Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated July 26, 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. Ok

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rio Tinto

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The benefits were very good

    Cons

    The management was all over the place


  2. Information Technology

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working 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

    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.


  3. 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

    I have been working at Rio Tinto

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT

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

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

    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


  6. Pretty good place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work environment is professional and generally pleasant. Pay and benefits tend to be a bit above average. Tremendous emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in management leading to short term programs and focus. Organization is a matrix design so making changes is slow and done by committee. With the changes in management and committee approval process, it is not always easy to find an accountable party.


  7. 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

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

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

    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.


  8. Was a great organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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

    • 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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  10. 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

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

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

    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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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



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