Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Solid company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture around safety and a lot of opportunities for growth in varying areas of the business. If you are willing to move around you can climb the rankings quickly and get a lot of great experience along the way. There are a lot of great people who you get to work with that have varying levels of experience to pass on.

    Cons

    Typical corporate structure. There is a lot of bureaucracy at each site where people are trying to build their empires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to seek feedback from the entire business from the lowest to highest ranking people. It's the people doing the small jobs that aren't at a Superintendent or Manager level that makes this business run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Excellent benefits, great people to work for and with.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay, amazing benefits, work/life balance.

    Cons

    Consistenly laying people off to either outsource or cut costs - usually happens every couple of years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Great to develop and enhance skills but questionable job security

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Health Safety in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Intern - Health Safety in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Rio Tinto as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, good work-life balance, positive safety culture

    Cons

    layoffs, no open vacancies, a little higher than normal turn-over

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Independent Contractor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rio Tinto

    Pros

    The benefits are good Salaries are higher than average. Opportunity to move up.

    Cons

    Communication, Change in Management, Policy Change

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. No plans for graduates. Kennecott MANAGEMENT can't get on the same page.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in South Jordan, UT

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

    Pros

    Rio Tinto has been great. excellent pay, Good career development and training. Good news, if you don't like your manager, you will always have a new one within a few months.

    Cons

    No plans for graduates. A lot of promises with no delivery. Upper management really doesn't have time to give to less senior employees. High turn over in upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better chain of command when you contract your employees to different business units with clear dates and role descriptions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good company

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

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

    Pros

    challenging work, good benefits, great safety culture, the company is trying to adopt and implement latest ideas in business and is trying to transform itself

    Cons

    silo mentality, very operations focused,needs to develop its employees further

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on people development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good place to work.

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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

    The people here are very friendly and always willing to help on projects. The company promotes advancement but it's not as easy as they make it seem to be.

    Cons

    You only get 2 weeks vacation for the first 5 years. The champion telecommunting but don't let many people do it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Lots of opportunity to do different things

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the diversity and working with different people from different countries

    Cons

    Constant change and reorganization of departments

    No opinion of CEO
  10. Rio Tinto

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    All the benefits of a large company (health, retirement, etc) in addition to global opportunity. Safety is an important aspect of the company culture. The managers and "higher ups" did seem to genuinely care about the welfare of their employees.

    Cons

    It seemed that there was very limited opportunity to progress and advance in your career if you were not in the technical/engineering groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the health and well being of employees and their families is important, so is recognizing talents and skills in team members who are "only operations".

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. Overall a great company to work for and a sector leader.

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    Former Employee - Corporate Function in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Corporate Function in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Rio is a big company with lots of opportunities. If you are willing to put the effort in you can have a great career.

    Cons

    Management is monolithic with lots of kingdoms that are more focused on self-protection and preservation than on progressing the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics and don't forget the people in mid-management and field operations. They are the ones earning return for the shareholders.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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