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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
246 Reviews
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246 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Times, They Are A-Changin'

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Awful Place to Work (Petroleum in Houston)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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  5. 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 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 (less than an 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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Culture is changing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Benefits, and challenging work. Work life balance is pretty good unless you are a manager. $2 lunches can't be beat. The micor managing culture is slowly fading away but there is a long way to go

    Cons

    Company seems to have no real direction for where it wants to go. Very little success has been achieved in exploration to bring in new reserves. Management is too risk adversive and not willing to take chances on smaller plays. Only seem interested in the next big thing instead of stringing together moderate successes. Overly process oriented which prevents being a first mover into areas and finding the next big thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take some risk. remove the red tape and listen to your employess. They know what they are doing and how to get the job done. That is why you hired them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Finance Graduate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Competitive Starting Salary. Top 20%

    Cons

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    No opinion of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Good pay does not make up for miserable work environments

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay and bonuses, $2 lunches, gym membership discounts

    Cons

    Huge turnover, and when people leave, they take their time to replace them. Management could not care less when good people quit. Constantly understaffed and overworked, and there will be blaming and huge consequences if you do not finish doing two people's work on time.

    Frequently hire consultants from Accenture, and PWC and Deloitte, who are a nightmare to work with.

    Culture of throwing people under the bus and stealing credit for other people's work.

    Some people work 40/wk and some work 80/week. Work life balance is terrible for you if you have a bad supervisor, and moving to other departments is impossible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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