BHP Billiton

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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
260 Reviews
3.3
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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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company with Awesome Benefits

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    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
  3. 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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Times, They Are A-Changin'

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than a 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, getting even better!

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful Place to Work (Petroleum in Houston)

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    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 a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
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    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

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    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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