BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
218 Reviews
3.1
218 Reviews
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Culture change due to new executive management very appealing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Compensation is at the 99%
    Benefits at 99%
    Retirement and stock options at 99%
    Bonus options at 99%
    Subsidized lunch for $2 with healthy and better than your average cafe options
    Choose Flexible work schedule 9/80 or work every friday or half day Fridays
    Can gain responsibility and diversify workload if you CHOOSE to, or don't
    Bottom up performance review.. performance is evaluated by direct supervisor, group supervisor, VP, President

    Cons

    Processes are geared toward offshore and inefficient for land operations
    Sometimes slow work load during "waiting period"
    No sense of urgency to complete projects, unable to work on small projects that should take a day or two ends up taking a week or two
    Slow career progression in terms of actual change in duties not just title changes
    No visibility into other teams outside your own

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take HR issues seriously and show you care, do not sweep them under the rug and hope no one brings them up
    Example: employee issues with supervisor, sexual harassment, etc.

    Executive level management is very impressive and the change between CEO's in culture is very noticeable and will likely reduce turnover

    Senior management level needs proper management training

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful experienced excellent work environment

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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

    Pros

    I was not a direct employee, worked as consultant through BHP Implementation partner. Employees were not at all happy with take over from one company to another, many left

    Cons

    worked as Consultant on upgrade environment From Oracle to SAP was a tight schedule typical issues when companies merged and transition from one ERP system to another feel bad for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not as good as it looks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good payment
    Great Benefits
    9/80
    You have a lot of sources to do your job

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not the best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometime you have to adulate some supervisors or Managers in order to grow in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    It was a good company butt it is falling apart.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    The culture is terrible. When I was hired a few years back the culture was great, but as BHP Billiton takes more of an iron fist with every aspect of the business the culture has disappeared. They treat the majority of the employees like numbers and all the red tape takes so much time it makes it very difficult to do the job. Almost every department is under staffed with the exception of the short range planning which has an over abundance of employees. Many of the departments are experiencing high turn over rates and management seems to be doing nothing about it. Special perks are only given to a select few departments.
    The company only seems to work in silos and there is very little collaboration, which leads to ineffective use of talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees equally. It takes more than one department to run a company. The new CEO wants the culture to change. Hopefully he is effective at this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, Rewarding, Draining....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced dynamic environment with no shortage of opportunities for early to mid career professionals. Compensation seems fair or better, and I do believe middle and upper management care about their people.

    Cons

    An immature organization who has grown quickly and the dust is stil settling. Lack of focus on top priorities. Too many initiatives, not enough people. No resource management takes place and there is a lot of talk about work life balance, but at the end of the day you have work you have to get done. Do not expect a 40 hour or a 45 hour work week will be sufficient. 9/80's are offered but seems that on average you can only take about half of your 9/80's as there is too much work to be done. Significant organizational structure changes in regular 6 month intervals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge your resource constraints and reduce your initiatives to only top priorities or you will continue to lose good people. Also consider KPI's that promote success cross functionally rather than only within your organizational group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    ...All the Little Children

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Pay seems to be above average. Some small incentives. Very easy to do nothing; great place for people who want to hang out and get a paycheck. Freedom in geosciences to collaborate and research with almost any group.

    Cons

    9/80 work week is touted, but not everyone can take advantage of it fully.

    Prepare for almost continual decrees of change from upper management. Company is trying to “do it all” operating its onshore shale assets, but needs to let go and save face before they self-destruct. “Culture” is handed down like a lead pipe from greybeards from Australia. Common for management to treat employees like a child; lots of unnecessary hand-holding.

    Ingratiating yourself upon middle management a must for recognition and advancement. Career progression and opportunities are proffered and available, but almost impossible to get. Lots of turnover and attrition. About as close to government job bureaucracy as one could find in the private sector. The company has often and openly compared its own environment to that of “Calcutta in summer” – think about it.

    Almost medieval segregation between techs/admins and geoscientists. Subsidized lunches are similar to food one might receive in a concentration camp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t try to pretend that because you’ve done well in offshore you can run an unconventional business. If you can’t compromise on your high and mighty Australian ethics then let someone else operate your onshore. At the least, let your employees with shale experience lose to get things done.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent People to Work With

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant  in  Victoria, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant in Victoria, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone here will talk about how much they enjoy BHP as a company, their co-workers, and office environment. They promote mainly from within, and they really take stock in how you are as a worker, and how much you contribute. Time off is extremely easy with the location I'm at, though I've heard it's different at corporate. I love my boss and the other people I work directly for.

    Cons

    The outsourced third-party service desk. It's painful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure about the rest of you, but my boss, you keep on keeping on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The best working/consulting experience of my career!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hfm Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Hfm Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Office 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing exactly what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Over-worked, over-stressed, take a pass

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IM Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IM Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    $2 lunch for employees
    Pay/benefits are good

    Cons

    no 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Like working for the government

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

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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