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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.2 207 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew Mackenzie

(52 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    2 people found this helpful  

    Over-worked, over-stressed, take a pass

    IM Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    Pros$2 lunch for employees
    Pay/benefits are good

    Consno work life balance
    Long hours
    lots of stress
    bad management
    deceptive management
    lots of politics
    no sense of responsibility
    no sense of accomplishment

    Advice to Senior ManagementI was lied to by my manager on several occasions
    Management does not communicate enough
    There is not work life balance
    Management does not set priorities (other than everything is number 1).
    Processes are too cumbersome.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Like working for the government

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsAbove average benefits, nice offices with complementary coffee and sodas.

    ConsThe culture is as close to that of the federal government as you will find in private business. The multi stage tollgate process is comically overdone and results in paralysis of analysis but not much else. Turnover seems excessive compared to peers. Good place to hang out and put your feet up if you're nearing retirement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineer Intern at BHP Billiton Petroleum

    Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThey provide fully furnished apartment for you. Competitive salary. Great training. A lot to learn. Very nice people to work with.

    ConsThey may offer you an intern renewal, but may not happen due to weak portfolio (they purchased 20 billion dollars in gas assets) so is mostly gas income based company. This means if gas prices goes down, you may get laid off. Long work hours. No life work balance. Personal growth and promotions seems to be relationship based. They are slowing down in hiring due to gas prices not being high enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange from gas based company to oil based company by selling most of your gas assets and acquiring more oil assets to get a better portfolio. By doing this your company will position yourself in a better profile.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The best working/consulting experience of my career!

    Hfm Consultant (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsOffice culture, company values, management. Work-Life balance. Compensation as a consultant is good. Finance Management does not micro-manage and allows you to make your mistakes and learn from then and then redirects you when needed.

    ConsI have none. I only wish the location was closer to my home.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing exactly what you are doing!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Benefits
    Great Pay
    Excellent Retirement
    Great People

    ConsJust when you learn a new process everything changes, can be a little frustrating at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew senior management has done a great job trying to change the old culture in the company. Keep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good benefits, Management makes all the decisions with no input from employees or considerations

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsDecent work live balance, good benefits, independent work

    ConsManagement decides what you do, when you do with little thought to your personal goals and aspirations...supervisors are mere figure heads with no influence...if upper management likes you- you are fine...if they don't- you are marginalized

    Advice to Senior Managementw/e do what you want.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Eight years in Petroleum

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsPay is excellent - top tier
    benefits - top tier

    ConsUnfavorable work/home life balance
    Mid-level management are mostly in CYA mode
    No prospective growth inventory

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the asset teams. They are the most knowledgeable about their fields. "Rules of Thumb" are not scientific enough to base a theory on production rates, EUR, R/P, Proved/2P - each field is different.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dysfunctional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsBenefits are great, pay is more than adequate for most jobs. Lots of little perks with on site cafe,commuting to work, gym memberships.

    ConsIndecisive, unclear objectives. Goals change constantly and when decisions are made they are subject to change at a moments notice. Training is mostly learn as you go and very little mentoring that hinders the adaption of change. Mangers do not want to look at real issues and only want to know what they want to hear. Response from any inquiry takes forever, that's if you get a response. Agile is not a known concept in the work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a decision and execute it. Hold management accountable for making decisions and following through with those decisions. Some mangers and supervisors do not need to be mangers and supervisors. CEO is trying to make change, but real issues are overlooked with excuses. Listen to employees and address issues.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent company, decent pay, glass ceilings

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros3 weeks vacation fist year, $2 lunch, 9/80 schedule. CEO appears to be open and ready to change the old culture.

    ConsVery few true promotions besides upper management, lots of lateral moves to give false hope.

    Lack of transparency, unequal pay, and no clear way to grow unless you're on the right side of the politics. Unclear long term plan for employees, not much communication from management regarding real opportunities-- lots of talk very little action.

    Work place politics are everywhere, but never experience what has fomented at Bhp. Verbalizing frustrations regarding job functions, pay, or processes are still discouraged, ( even though efforts to change this have been expressed by new CEO and President). Lots of closed door conversations. Lots of petty tattle tailing and CYA culture instead of open discussions and working as a team.

    Lastly, there are so many processes and procedures that by the time the project is over the wheel has been reinvented 100x.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people internally, don't keep creating various career ladders that change, make upper management clearly explain plans for departments and people. I know what BHP as a whole plans on doing, but on the small scale each department is muddled and disenfranchised.

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    Disorganized Organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits are fantastic if you can put up with the poor management and constant management changes.

    ConsLack of leadership that knows what is really going on. Project managers have no clue how to manage projects. They also expect you to live in the office. Finance stocks their office with food from SAMS because they are routinely there past 9 PM!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementAustralian management needs to come over and clean house. There is major nepotism going on within all departments and its killing outside the box thinking.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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