BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
219 Reviews
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219 Reviews
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BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Dynamic. Good hands-on experience opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good safety awareness and effort.

    Cons

    Systems very bureaucratic and controlling, stifling progress and action.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great pay and good benefits if you can withstand workload, and you land in a department with ethical fair management.

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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Clear career ladder opportunity with fair pay, and exceptional benefits.

    Cons

    Work life balance, lack of enforcement of charter values at management and peer level. Multiple meetings and required review procedures and reporting make it stressful and unattainable to actually get to work needing to be done. Lots of jumping around. At the end of the day, for stress level, work-life balance, and dignity... had to part ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold management accountable at all levels. Listen to your hard working employees in the trenches. Take action immediately when strife is detected, and/or foul play is reported. Don't just document and turn your back each time. No number of round table meetings and surveys will fix what is broken departmentally if there are not repercussions, enforcement's, or action plans to discipline and/ or remove bullies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, getting even better!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits! The company pays more than lip service to it's commitment to sustainability (keeping employees/contractors safe, operating responsibly, protecting the environment, etc.).. Many A+ managers and individual contributors. World class assets. Good leadership at the helm of the corporation and the Petroleum business. Plenty of opportunity to build your own career and be rewarded for it provided you are willing to put forth the effort required.

    Cons

    Dealing with draconian processes and bureaucracies can be cumbersome. Under previous administrations a culture of fear emerged and many people were hesitant to take vacation or sick time for fear of not doing some work. This is improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BHP is undergoing a massive corporate culture redefinition. Stay the course--keep doing what you're doing--it's working!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid employee value proposition, values people, strong ethics

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    Current Employee - Senior Management  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits second to none, work/life balance respected

    Cons

    Bureacracy common of larger corporations, many layers of managment, slow progression (in most cases)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a sense of urgency in execution of strategy, innovation needs to be encouraged.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not the company you have in mind

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Salary slightly above average...but not worthy

    Cons

    Worst administration ever...no, seriously....BLA BLA BLA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the Good Old Boys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Weird Environment

    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Pretty good pay and benefits. Everyone else is going through the same thing you are with mgt. 9/80 option is a cool swing.

    Cons

    They are much more impressed with themselves than their employees are with them. Do not expect to have a good work life balance. They talk it a lot but they do not walk it at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great!

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    Former Employee - Financial Management Accountant  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Financial Management Accountant in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Superb office in Singapore. Great culture. Safety culture.

    Cons

    Rigid and too political. Too focused on SAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sadly senior positions tend to be white dominated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    BHPB has no morals; $ is all that matters. They are losing their shirt in the shale business and do not care about you.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Even if you only care about money...there are other plenty of other places you can make more and almost every other place will treat you better. The money they offer isn't worth what they expect you to give. Working for BHPB is a bad deal...you can do better anywhere else...even Exxon.

    Cons

    Management is unreasonable, relentless, and heartless. You'll be at work even when you're not at work. The stress never stops. When a contractor is killed BHPB Management blames the contractor so their bonus isn't impacted. This company is not a healthy place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't care what you have to say. Period. They already have decided what the answers are and just want you to set aside your morals and ethics so you can manufacture facts to support whatever they already committed to the Board and shareholders. You'd have better luck trying to advise the Devil than this group of management. I've read a few Glassdoor reviews that say "New Management is changing the culture." Total B.S. The new group of management is just like the old group. Don't be fooled by Glassdoor reviews submitted by BHPB's recruiters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Onboarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for once you get in

    Cons

    Took 2 months to get in, dont let them fool you into thinking it will be less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline HR Onboarding

  11.  

    Satisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton as a contractor

    Pros

    Good pay, Flexible time off, everyone is helpful to each other.

    Cons

    Seems a little disorganized. Not much communication between departments that are working on a common project. This is very strange. There should be one project lead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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