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Updated Jul 6, 2014

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3.6 94 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Rio Tinto Chief Executive Sam Walsh

Sam Walsh

(31 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance, mild culture, flat structure(in 6 reviews)

  • Employees are offered great benefits(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not always the best(in 4 reviews)

  • Too much red tape / No defined career progression and succession planning(in 5 reviews)

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    Australian gravy train

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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 Senior 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.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rio Tinto Minerals in Denver- all kinds of bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Denver, CO

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Recruitment Advisor (Current Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tough Culture to adopt.

    Senior Advisor (Former Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsEmployees are offered great benefits

    ConsThe Culture is a tough one to adopt.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove employees around more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big company big politics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits
    Great experience
    Great pay
    Opportunity for advancement

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast paced environment

    HSE (Current Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsSharp technology and smart people

    Consbogged down bureaucracy and petty jealousy

    Advice to Senior Managementstop making unreasonable demands because you are burning out good people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Inconsistent Management

    Director of Development Panning (Former Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    RTP Administrative (Former Employee) South Jordan, UT

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

    Constoo 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 Senior Managementno advice because these people don't care. Also, HR is useless. You can't trust anyone there but yourself!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast paced work environment, mixed experience with management

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsFaced paced work environment makes days go quickly; most managers and supervisors are supportive and make an effort to get to know their admins; strong sense of camaraderie among admins; good pay and benefits; nice work facilities

    ConsA handful of managers are not good at their jobs, but remain in their positions; no follow up on one reported incident of abuse from a manager

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Turbulence sustained; culture of frustration

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosbrilliant people who are frustrated trying to contribute

    Consoverly political behavior and lack of active, aligned leadership starting from; decisions seemingly at random and not well thought through

    Advice to Senior Managementstop trying to globalize the organization and exercise some leadership, starting with ExCo. Stabilize the operations vs. constant reorganization; step up to the senior leaders who are ineffective but politically connected--figure out how to stop "yo-yo" edits and actually follow through on something.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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