BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good to work for a company that looks after its people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Excellent benefits in the industry.

    Cons

    A very big organization with lots of processes.

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

    Micro Managed and felt lied to.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are nice, except when you consider the work environment. Those are the only pros I can think of.

    Cons

    Micro Managed. I worked for a Tulsa company that they took over. Many promises made, none of them kept. The more I hear from fellow employees that did make the move the happier I am I did not. They try to run every aspect of your life, I was shocked how invasive they were trying to get. Everything you read in these reviews about politics over substance is very very true!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax a little, keep promises made to employees...even newly acquired employees. things would run smoother if people didn't have to go all the way up the food chain for the little things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    worked with some good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BHP Billiton as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great opportunity for worldwide exposure / experience

    Cons

    relocated on other side of the planet on my own dime for the company to cut stuff. Was told by reliable source that this occurs every year about the same time.
    also too many layers slowing ability to make decisions, lack of cohesive management, would often be given multiple different point of focus for the same tasks by multiple managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience in Oil & Gas Industry

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    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Victoria, TX
    Current Employee - Specialist in Victoria, TX

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

    Pros

    Above average pay and benefits. Great bonus structure. Awesome people to work with.

    Cons

    Very top-down structure. Hard to be heard. Not much autonomy. Very fast paced. Not enough tools available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, perceptions may be wrong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay, community, cafe, on-site gym

    Cons

    work-life balance, too process driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Part of Petrohawk acquisition - less than 6% remain at BHP

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    Former Employee - IM Supervisor  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IM Supervisor in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    cafeteria ($2, really good food, nice salad bar)
    safety culture (seem to really want to make sure a dangerous business is not un-safe)
    good computing resources (16GB on a windows machine)
    insurance and bonuses are pretty good

    Cons

    massive turnover (90+% of Petrohawk employees left of their own accord), BHP ppl are leaving too
    people are not very happy (BHP ppl in general), few smile or say "hello"
    horrible network and computer performance due to monitoring software and other issues
    processes are neither simple or efficient like former CEO Kloppers liked to say they were
    functional excellence model is an excuse to not hire the number of employees needed to do the work required
    too many approvals needed to get anything done regardless of cost or impact to the organization
    I don't think BHP understood the onshore e&p business, thought it would be like offshore or another mining division
    poor work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See how other successful onshore companies work and try to find a happy medium between "process" and "results". Get rid of contracting companies who add poor value - keeping head count low is not the most important thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BHP Billiton

    Pros

    Not to much on Pros. Had better with other major Oil & Gas companies.

    Cons

    Poor performance when working with contractors, behind on technologies, and cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better staff, and processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great compensation, promotions based on relationships

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    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

    Great compensation package. Resources avalability.

    Cons

    Office politics at its best. Long hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A roller coaster

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of work to be done at all times!

    Cons

    Management, salary and many others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company with positive values.

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Nice office location and good people to work with. Lots of growth and job opportunities. Company appears to be very employee focused.

    Cons

    To much process and sometimes this makes it difficult to do our jobs. To many system changes and past senior leadership was a con. This seems to be changing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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