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BHP Billiton Reviews in Perth, Australia

Updated January 1, 2015
Updated January 1, 2015
260 Reviews
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Pros
  • You can make more money and have a better work life balance at a Major; BHPB is a bad deal (in 16 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are nice, except when you consider the work environment (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, lack of enforcement of charter values at management and peer level (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Overall positive experience, plenty of knowledgeable, ambitious people.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Job security, good pay, good benefits.

    Cons

    the same as any industry linked to ups and downs. Poor life/work balance if you do FIFO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Asset Advisor in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Asset Advisor in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    They pay more than most of their competitors. Their benefits are outstanding and they undertake world scale projects. They also take work-life balance very seriously and allow you to take time off whenever you need it.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. It takes a long time to get anything done. And to get things done, you have to engage a million people to get them to agree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved with the details a little more.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Revolving Senior leadership with short-term focus

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great assets all in lowest cost quartile

    Cons

    They never, ever learn from history. Best CEO was Chip Goodyear, because he let the company just run and take advantage of the great assets and good people. Leadership keep buying stuff (and in markets) they don't understand and then have to write down killing shareholder value.

    Safety won't improve until the culture changes from phobia that assumes processes/systems will protect instead of people being 'fearful" for their own safety. (By the way there is nothing wrong with good safety systems but that doesn't prevent accidents - people do!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your long-term employees, who have seen every mistake in the book. And make the tough decisions on culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good, however you're inside a huge machine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Commercial in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    The size gives scale to pursue activities that add value to the long term rather than being chained to short term. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Because its such a huge machine, it can be beaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Management do a good job considering the broader economic environment with mining

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company with potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Electrical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Lead Electrical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good diversity, great career exposure

    Cons

    long processes to get anything done, i.e. paperwork, and getting management approvals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simplify process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    not what I thought it would be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    So 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your '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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Asset Strategist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Asset Strategist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at BHP Billiton as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great 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!!!!

    Cons

    Different 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 ManagementAdvice

    Supervisors 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Company to work for but department culture was terrible.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mature 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Managers 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Difficult to deal with...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Planner - Mine Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Production Planner - Mine Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Renumeration and bonuses are it.

    Cons

    I'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 ManagementAdvice

    Thanks 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lacks vision and innovation, highly reactive and political environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Above 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.

    Cons

    From 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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