BHP Billiton

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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
254 Reviews
3.2
254 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 5 people found this helpful  

    good pay is not everything

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The company benefits are good

    Cons

    internal politics, poor management, very caddy and petty work environment. extremely high turnover. simply hire-replace-repeat. demanding work environment with little to no room for advancement. work hard to make management look good. no work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care (but not only about yourself) but your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Analysis Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Market Analysis Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at BHP Billiton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The employee benefits and the value placed on employees

    Cons

    The expectations of employees to move overseas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    I would not recommend this company if you are a geoscientist

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, 2 dollar lunch, gym

    Cons

    No career movement, too much politics, disorderly wrong people in management for geosciences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your people undercontrol listen to the regular empoyees not management. the geoscience function needs to be obliterated there is too much politics nothing gets done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Some of the best young talent in the industry, but poor management conception of how to develop that talent........

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits second to none and the reason most people hang around, the dictorial leadership have mostly moved out there is a hope the new management can change that image but it will take time and will they have the will power to see it through.
    Some awesome young talent that shines, mostly great people to work alongside

    Cons

    Too much process, lack ofopportunities to progress, if you haven't done it in BHP then it doesn't count, and it doesn't matter if your outside experience is far more extensive than the "BHP People" it still doesnt count. Too many "A" types make it a political cut throat atmosphere for those wanting to get on.
    Some of their managers are poor and have a "me" type attitude and not a supportive and development of teams attitude, this is a shame due to the talent they have available
    The market perception of BHP, they don't pay their vendors, cost driven, talk strategic partnership and relationships but don't walk the talk, hire and fire mentality towards vendor.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See out the cultural change, open your eyes to the talent you have, both young and old and utilize the experience in house to mentor the amazing young talent, no degree does not mean no use especially with extensive years in industry experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alright....

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    great training and structured pay. BHP greatly focused on training for all individuals, whether you were an admin assistant or a Sr. manager/VP. pay follows suit and they try to be in the top 75% of pay between other companies or similar and smaller size. This is benficial to the employees. Cafeteria plan has excellent food and is very cheap. retirement benefits are plush and worth sticking around for. Good company for sure

    Cons

    no advancement, too many processes. The upper management lacked direction and understanding of anything shale, their experience was strickly offshore, this led to many misguided directions within upper management. The company wasnt doing too well with their newly acquired shale assets. They were too many processes and too conservative. cost them a ton of money and made many wells unprofitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offshore isnt everything

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, changing culture with new management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, career progression, travel etc. Good career paths in place for most disciplines.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours and tough expectations that can impact personal life, although culture does seem to be changing some with new management. Lots of processes in place that dont appear very effective, but again there is evidence of this changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with efforts to change the culture, it is making a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 13 people found this helpful  

    Oversold

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    BHPBs Houston facilities are very nice, and given the new building under construction, they are sure to be even nicer in the future. BHPB also pays very well, although not well enough to justify the cons of the company culture and weak leadership in place at the company.

    Cons

    Management will tell you what you want to hear in order to get you in the door. They will put a great job description in front of you, tell you all about the perks of BHPB - on site cafeteria, gym, health care, etc. But, beware. Your actual job will vary significantly from the job that they sold you. In my case, I interviewed for a senior level job, but ended up doing entry level work. I felt as if my skills were being dulled by the lack of mental stimulation. When, I spoke to my boss about the matter, he acknowledged the situation but told me to "suck it up and make the most of it. At one point, he even threatened to humiliate me in front of my peers. Such situations-the manipulation and bullying-occur over and over again at BHPB. It's an accepted behavior throughout the company. I certainly would not recommend this job to any well-respected colleague or friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should work on improving the ethics of their management team. Lying and bullying should not be tolerated. And, although Management preaches a zero tolerance for harassment, offenders are rarely reprimanded. Most employees, in fact, don't feel comfortable raising ethical issues for fear of reprisal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Life as a Troll!

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits. Great Pay, Bonus and Retirement.

    Cons

    Do not do a good job, you will be stuck and they will promote and offer idiots the oppurtunity to advance. To process driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't heed any advice anybody gave them, why bother!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Mostly more interested in appearance and a predefined "process" than actual results.

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

    I worked at BHP Billiton as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively relaxed work environment and good perks.

    Cons

    No job satisfaction and intense office politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rate your middle management by consulting their employees, not "metrix" fashioned after an illusionary goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Current employee and have been here for 1 year

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Above average compensation/benefits compared to other Oil and Gas companies. Excellent bonus structure. Company seems to be very employee focused with a goal of attracting and keeping top talent. The cafeteria and $2 lunch are awesome!

    Cons

    Seem to be experiencing some growing pains. The shale division was formed basically from acquiring Petrohawk as well as a Chesapeake field. Transition and development of processes is ongoing. Technology and tools to do your job seem to be lagging behind the times and other companies. Getting software to do your job is a nightmare since it has to go through several layers to be allowed on your machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and keep them informed of why they are being asked to do something. Need an upgrade on personal computers and software.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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