Boart Longyear Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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Pros
  • It must have been a great place without which they can not get so many good people (in 5 reviews)

  • Good pay, great industry, great products (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Since going public, BLY has most certainly become a "hire and fire" company (in 2 reviews)

  • Upper management and middle management do not have the same goals, or at least do not execute to the same goals (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Driller

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Driller in Elko, NV
    Former Employee - Driller in Elko, NV

    I worked at Boart Longyear

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours, travel was nice. Pretty much unlimited overtime opportunities. Drill sites were safe, equipment was well maintained and management followed through on requests.

    Cons

    Nothing really to mention here, unless new hires or employees do not live in the local Nevada area the travel could get old or impact the personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your employees for improvement to processes and procedures.


  2. Record setting year

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boart Longyear

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    In 2012 Boart Longer set a record for revenue. There was great potential for growth as the company was expanding. It was a very challenging environment that was exhilerating to work in. Because of all the money there were lots of perks, like lunches, and parties that helped keep morale high.

    Cons

    The environment was very hectic and challenging because the demand was growing faster than the employee support.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company, bad market

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Director in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Boart Longyear

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good variety of work, smart people, interesting locations

    Cons

    Tough work life balance, a lot of travel in some jobs


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  5. Employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boart Longyear full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are still a few people left that understand the business, and they company is well diversified. Some of the groups continue strong even in the current market conditions.

    Cons

    This is a very cyclical business where internal competition between services and products fosters and unhealthy relationship. As with any large business do not expect your manager to always have the experience or answers when needed as their own decisions may be poor and could ultimately affect your career.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management needs to direct middle management to find out better where their strengths and weaknesses are at with their current employee base as well as some of their 5000+ employees they have shed in the past four years. Some of those should be actively pursued and brought back into the business and industry. Look at some of the people that held roles they were not adequate at and then look at the people those people forced out of the business. That is where Boart Longyear lost its edge.


  6. World's #1 Largest Mining Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Boart Longyear full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Oracle E-Busines Suite R12.1 with ( more than 40+ OUs ) Global Implementation

    Cons

    Company Affected by Mining Downturn situation.

    Advice to Management

    Why not Enter into Oil & Gas Explorations...


  7. Not happy, but it pays the bills

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacture Shop in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Manufacture Shop in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Boart Longyear full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job. It pays the bills, for now.

    Cons

    We had a lot more benefits, that got taken away, as the company is not doing well. I haven't had a raise in years. No opportunity for advancement. Coworkers are difficult. I just do my job and leave.

    Advice to Management

    They should allow the people, who haven't quit, to be trained in other areas. Then maybe more work could get done in less time.


  8. dishonest and business ignorant.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boart Longyear

    Pros

    There were some hard working people that wanted to do the right thing, excepting upper management

    Cons

    Upper management were not capable and it affected the entire organization.

    Advice to Management

    They were all fired. For the new ones, hire competency.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Started out as my favorite job, but they couldn't handle their growth rate and it ended up as one of the worst.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Products in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Products in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Boart Longyear full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay & benefits were good. Global opportunities. Great mid-management people (Many of the best people I know work there!); technological advantages give them clout; Work hard and kiss butts and you'll succeed... for a while.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs limit advancement (too much pay/benefits= laid off), cause constant change, add new responsibilities without additional pay/benefits, stress out employees who see their key staff leaving and wonder if they're next and lead to poorly trained/capable staff;
    Old boys club culture means you're either in or out;
    Too many managers trying to make a name for themselves because they have to or else;
    Executives are masters at bending the truth;
    Little care for wellbeing of employees from upper mgmt (low/mid-mgmt typically doesn't share in this):
    Harassment and inappropriate situations;
    FREQUENT no-win situations (primarily due to having too many bosses)- especially between drilling services and products (the resale/manufacturing division);
    Little to no concern for the future of employees;
    Do what I say/not what I do mentality;
    Sr. Management perks are rarely shared with the rest of the company;
    Lack of accountability;
    Lack of authority to effect needed change;
    Little appreciation for skill sets beyond your capability to give the desired answer;
    Frequent requirement to lie to customers;
    Code of ethics is what YOU should follow, but not necessarily Sr. mgmt.;
    Metrics are frequently completely disassociated from actual market conditions;
    Sr. Management thinks they know what's best for everyone, but since they're never in the trenches, they don't know what they don't know.

    Advice to Management

    Start with fixing a few of the 'Cons...' Listen and truly respect the people who are doing the actual day to day work- they are the ones in contact with customers and your lack of support for them one of the main reasons why your company is only a $1.5B company instead of $5B/yr company. Stop overworking your employees by giving them too much responsibility and stop letting go those who have created the key successes you have enjoyed. Appreciate and respect people for the time they've given- let them retire rather than letting them go a week before they retire so that you save all of the benefits you would have had to give them- that's insanely toxic for your culture and demolishes productivity. Stop promoting yes-men to key positions. Promote reality rather than what you want to hear.


  10. Solid Company, Cyclical Market, Need some changes with Executive Team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Director in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Boart Longyear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global, Talented People, Great Compensation

    Cons

    Weak Executive Team outside of CEO

    Advice to Management

    Replace a few of the Executive Team members. New blood needed.


  11. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boart Longyear full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good People to work with

    Cons

    I do not have any comment

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your minions!



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