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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
254 Reviews
3.2
254 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ways to improve

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Great benefits and good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Changes in procedures happen all too frequently. Computer systems go down often and outages are a regular issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more in-house computer techs and less outsourcing of network support.

  2.  

    Good job security, lots of politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Job security, opportunities to meet lots of people with different backgrounds

    Cons

    Micromanaging abounds, not much room for upward growth unless you happen to be some senior mgr's favorite

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Amazing internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interning at this company was an amazing experience. They have really grown the internship program in recent years and the support that interns receive from HR, the senior leadership team, and their departments is phenomenal. We always felt like we were a part of the team and not simply a temp worker for the summer. We had a nice schedule laid out for the summer that included site visits and social outings with interns and employees. The Galleria area is a great place to live, and the 9/80 work week made our summer that much more fun. The work-life balance was also great and I never felt like I had to take my work home with me. The high pay was great to have, but the provided housing is what really sealed the deal.

    Cons

    With such a large organization, we found ourselves in meetings more often than I would have liked. Sometimes we wouldn't see our supervisors until after hours because they were running from meeting to meeting all day.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best company I have ever worked for!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, awesome managers and coworkers. Many new opportunities!

    Cons

    Cannot think of any. Great place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest time into creating automated processes that are simple and efficient.

  6.  

    I do not recommend this company

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    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Nice salary. $2.00 lunch. Gym. Free parking

    Cons

    Supervisor makes you work over 60 hours a week and you get paid only 40 hours. No life work balance. Lack of training. Too many meetings. Bad business decisions. They bought $20 billion in gas assets at high price now they are trying to sell them and cannot even get an offer at all. Lack of Integrity from the Reservoir Supervisor making promises they never keep. Now with low oil price below $60.00 a barrel uncertainty in keeping jobs is an issue and morale has been down for the last 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New Management is needed. Do not buy more gas assets for a gas based company is not going to make enough money to keep business at sustainable level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Oil & Gas prices + Unethical Management = YIKES!!!!! Keep looking....Layoffs are inevitable

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    Former Employee - Finance in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Finance in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I wish I had something positive to say; I don't.

    Cons

    Oil price is well below what BHP's management expected. One month into this fiscal year management realized they badly missed on their projections. Even so, management has not yet told the market the bad news and is now exporting oil without permission from the U.S. government.

    Barring a miraculous recovery in price, layoffs are inevitable.

    Management's decision to invest in shale has been the undoing of a once solid petroleum organization. Management has consistently misjudged price; hence the $2.85B write-off of Fayetteville only one year after the $5B purchase. (And now they are trying to sell it....and they won't get even half of what they paid since it's dry gas.) Now crude price is depressed due to over supply so even BHPB's once proud offshore assets are less productive than what Management promised the market.

    Bad news is coming to their shareholders and employees at the end of this fiscal year. (June '15)

    Steer clear of this company. The management group is committed to a series of bad investment and management decisions. Worse they are not telling the market, the government, or even their own employees the truth about their current situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judgement day is coming soon; the numbers will tell then truth even if executives won't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Oil and gas prices are dropping. It will be an interesting ride for those still on the train.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They pay well. Getting an above average review is hard to get because it has to go through so many layers of manager approval. But they never missed a payroll. And that is worth something?

    Cons

    their ability to pay their contractors in a timely manner will be the ultimate destruction of the company. Some of the vendors have been on the hook for months and cut off BHP. It has to get better, accounting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meetings....more action

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture and people to work with

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Managers interested in personal growth
    $2 lunches
    9/80 Schedule

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit too lax

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company with Awesome Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks such as:
    -6% matching 401K and an Employer Funded Account - all employes are vested day 1 of employment
    -Healthcare, dental, vision
    -minimum 3 weeks vacation
    -unlimited sick days
    -9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)
    -$2 lunches
    -Gym and carpooling reimbursements
    -perks of sponsoring the Texas and Dynamo (tickets, raffles, etc.)
    -central, Galleria location

    Cons

    -In some departments, the work-life balance is not ideal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new CEO is setting the company on a great path. Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Politics, drama, high stress...yikes

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resource Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    You'll work with some very talented oil and gas professionals. $2 lunches, gym, free parking, good benefits, above average pay.

    Cons

    As I stated before, yikes. As bad as it is at BHP, it is improving. The new CEO has made tremendous strides in an effort to undo the fear culture set up by the previous regime; however, there is much to be done. Essentially, they need to fire about 50% of the management. They are like a beat dog...huddled in the corner and scared to death to make a decision without 15 months of analysis...and then, and only then, act if there is ZERO risk. You can't run an effective business that way. This is why they haven't made any significant oil discoveries in over 10 years in deep water. I won't even start on shale...lost as a goose. Using draconian HSE practices that nobody else in the industry implements. It's losing money with no real strategy for long term growth. BHP is a low to middle of the pack oil company, but if you ask the leadership, they talk like they are the biggest oil company in the world. There is a reason the average tenure is 3 years. You can do better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mass terminations at the mid-manager level would help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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