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BHP Billiton Reviews in Perth Australia

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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2.9 13 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew Mackenzie

(3 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay and benefits, career progression, travel etc (in 12 reviews)

  • Decent work live balance, good benefits, independent work (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not the best (in 15 reviews)

  • Long hours are all but guarantee especially if you want to move up (in 9 reviews)

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    Great company vision however sometimes inefficient due to size of the business

    Asset Strategist (Current Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    ProsGreat employee benefits and promotion of work-life balance.
    Lots of training opportunities for career development.
    Great attitude towards safety and support for employee well-being.
    Enjoyable working environment and great views of the Swan River!!!!

    ConsDifferent business streams seem to duplicate and also execute similar tasks in different ways leading to a non-standard approach and often caused confusion.
    Existing processes are a bit out dated and inefficient and need to be stream lined.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupervisors and Superintendents need to be held more accountable for their direct reports contributions and accomplishments. There is sometimes a disconnect between the vision of upper management and what is actually executed on the floor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    not what I thought it would be

    Maintenance (Former Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    ProsPro's specific to BHPBilliton in Perth, pay and location, very little else.

    ConsSo disorganised it's beyond belief.
    Too many office staff running off to site each week to try to justify themselves.
    Too top heavy.
    Minefield of politics.
    Very little foresight, they've been the fat cat on the block for too long and lost sight of the competition until it was too late.
    Too many managers/supervisors working to their own agenda and disconnected from the teams.
    Don't what-ever you do speak out, it's not well received, no opinions allowed, you will be dealt with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour 'Charter Values' are the lowest common denominator by which to work by, they are the last line of defense. They are not something to strive for, they're there as a last resort. When all else fails consult the charter values and work out a best compromise. You spend too much time striving for the lower side of the bar.

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

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    Fantastic Company to work for but department culture was terrible.

    Contracts Specialist (Former Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    ProsMature company, great processes, good governance, outstanding systems in place for employees to do their job, salaries are good (not great), opportunities to move in other business units around the world.

    ConsThe company is too big, individual potential is hardly recognised, too much politics, department culture was terrible in regards to providing opportunities to move around in different sections.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers need to be good leaders and be a role model to subordinates and treat everyone equally. However, due to KPI bonus structures, often times managers keep their own interests as priority which eventuates in low levels of employee morale within the department and/or company.

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

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    Difficult to deal with...

    Production Planner - Mine Engineer (Current Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    ProsRenumeration and bonuses are it.

    ConsI've been working in mining for over 10 years and with BHP Billiton for 3 years and apart from the money there are few positive attributes to this multinational. Talk is cheap by managers and superintendents when it comes to safety (a focus on the trivial is the norm rather than tackling real safety concerns), career development (conformance is key in this space), innovation (creativity is stifled if there are $$ attached to it's implementation). The company charter values held up as the foundations of the business but are applied when they suit by managers. The development of professionals is limited and ad hoc with training opportunities almost non existent for those based at a mine. When it comes to restructuring they would rather make working conditions as unpleasant as possible for those in the cross hairs rather than offering redundancies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThanks God you work with bulk commodities which can absorb ineffective process and practise. Your current managers and superintendents in technical services groups are woeful. Leaders are there to inspire people to deliver extraordinary results. Get some 360 reviews happening and you'll quickly see there is a serious leadership issue in this company that needs fixing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people and great pay - dream job!

    Specialist (Current Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    ProsHigher pay, great culture for safety

    Conssometimes can rule with iron fist to protect their community image

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten more, direct less

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lacks vision and innovation, highly reactive and political environment.

    Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    ProsAbove average remuneration and benefits. However this seems to be the only thing keeping most people from leaving.
    Have worked with some extremely talented professionals, however the good ones don't last long.

    ConsFrom my previous experience as an engineer in multiple roles at a major operation:

    - Highly reactive environment, serious issues are not treated with any urgency until they cause a problem.
    - A political minefield, majority of major key decision making processes I have been involved in have been to serve personal agenda's rather than focusing on best business outcomes.
    - Almost non-existent inter-departmental communication, very top down style management structure which does not encourage open thought or communication.
    - Have a range of "charter values" which are openly encouraged however in reality only put in to practice when it suits.
    - Very slow processes, everyone will get involved and give reasons why you can't do something, not many people actually willing to come up with solutions and approve key decisions.
    - Feel good safety culture which focuses on the miscellaneous and trivial, however serious issues or incidents (I have been involved in) are "swept under the rug".
    - Apparent corporate strategy to cut back employee numbers through "natural attrition" by preemptively implementing less desirable working conditions during market downturns.
    - Extremely strict work processes and procedures which discourage free thought and creativity.
    - Technical expertise is not valued, the company appears to manage trade and operations personnel well, however does not manage professionals well. The professional opinions of engineers are not valued.
    - You're either in the purple circle or you're not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk is cheap, you need to "walk the walk". If you treat people like monkeys they will act the part.

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

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    Maintence engineer view of working ar bhp billiton.

    Mechanical Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    ProsGreat people and cultural collective. Friendly sharing atmosphere, with great training incentives. World class knowledge base. Reasonable bonus structure, and great career progression opportunities.

    ConsLong hours when pushing a projrct deadline, lack of investment in research and development, leading to painstaking hours attending breakdowns.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddition of a structured mentoring program for experienced professionals would be great, as alot of these people come out of a variety of industry backgrounds.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start your career

    Process Engineer (Former Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    Pros-Great brand name
    - Good remuneration
    - Experienced mentors
    - Good people

    Cons- No real learning
    - Career growth avenues limited

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Chaos motivatered by fear and lack of real work

    Superintendent (Current Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    ProsCash, cash and more cash

    ConsIncompetent VPs making every decision

    Advice to Senior ManagementSack the VPs and pay less to get better people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work with

    Process Engineer (Former Employee) Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    Pros- The company really looks after its employees
    - Abive average benefits (salary, superannuation, allowances, etc)
    - Good work and personal life balance
    - Equal employment and many opportunities for career development

    Cons- Sometimes big organization means lots of procedures and long 'bureaucracy' before taking a decision or implementing a change.
    - The company can easily just shut down a project or sell out a plant whenever the management at anytime. (but while you're being part of BHPB family, rest assured that you are being well taken care of).

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont be too soon in making decision: laying off people and shut down a project/plant.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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