BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
229 Reviews
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229 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay and benefits, career progression, travel etc (in 15 reviews)

  • You can make more money and have a better work life balance at a Major; BHPB is a bad deal (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, lack of enforcement of charter values at management and peer level (in 19 reviews)

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

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    BHP Billiton Administrative

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Brisbane (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Good Salary, good work life balance, treated with respect

    Cons

    Lack of culture but they are focused on improving this

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost in Shale. Management is too busy sucking thier own exhaust.

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

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    You can make more money and have a better work life balance at a Major; BHPB is a bad deal. They pay decent but expect to own you. It's not worth it.

    Cons

    Management has bet the farm on Shale; and it was a bad bet. They are simply lost in this business; they don't have the knowledge or decision making capablity to perform in shale. Just look at the numbers; they tell the story.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late for advice; wiser management wouldn't have invested in shale. Now they've got a hot mess on thier hands and they are cracking the whip on thier people to try and pull out of it. They don't have any great ideas...simply work faster and harder. It's a lost cause...they are beating a dead mule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    company

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    Current Employee - Xxx in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Xxx in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Well defined rules

    Cons

    Process freaks. Too many meeting.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awful Place to Work (Petroleum in Houston)

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    BHP Billiton offers a good benefit package and fair to good bonus program. When I was there (2012) the befits were: 8.5% of salary paid to retirement fund; 6% to 401k; $5000 in matching stock, and a bonus program that's pegged to your years and rank, along with company performance; I think my range was 15%-25%, depending on how well the company did. They also have a nice cafeteria with subsidized lunch.

    Cons

    Awful work environment. No personal responsibility, anywhere. Expect a day mostly full of meeting after meeting, most of which are pointless. Armies of contractors that do very little. The only thing that arrives in a timely manner from them is their bill. The company is more concerned about the way things are done than actually doing anything. Over analysis of everything. Slow to react, decide, commit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Well Managed Industry Leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very well managed. People focus has been changing for the good since the new management took over.

    Cons

    Can be a bit conservative and process driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to decentralise some of the decision making.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 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
  9.  

    Great Company with Awesome 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
  10.  

    They are an okay employer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Accountant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Accountant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have great management, people, culture, and work life balance.

    Cons

    They do not appreciate the hard work of junior management

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Times, They Are A-Changin'

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    BHP pays very well and has excellent benefits. The top executives in the company have a great vision for the company and the company charter is something that is taken very seriously. I've gotten to work with some of the brightest stars in the business.

    Cons

    Middle management and supervisors do not care about the employees, there is no focus on career development, and rotations are all about who you know. While the top leaders in the company preach the charter values and have a clear vision of the future, middle management and supervisors have not bought in to the vision. Excellent people don't stay long due to poor morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I could advise management, I would tell them to look past the assets and recognize that the people are what make the company. They've lost some of the best in the business due to terrible management of the people. The money and benefits are superb, but when people don't get proper training or support, at the end of the day, I think I'll take happiness over the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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