De Beers Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Good days are behind them, outdated and the worst HR dept in history, not recommended to contractors or temps.

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    Current Contractor - Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Contractor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at De Beers as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people and a nice place to go to everyday.

    Cons

    You may or may not get paid, contractors don't get any benefits regardless of how long they work there, generally they are treated as intruders. The biggest problem is HR, very unprofessional, incompetent at best and underhanded and devious at worst. Cost cutting is so bad (thanks to Anglo) some of us bring our own stationary as choice is limited to no frills only!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the "old boys club" culture, need a younger CEO like Chanel. Invest in good HR systems and replace the incompetent staff (you know who they are) 90% of them are incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. Decent job

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at De Beers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent hours, can get very interesting

    Cons

    can get boring if nothing to write reports on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Fading Star

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at De Beers full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Diamonds are a fascinating industry. Clear market leader. Rare opportunity to work with all levels of the pipeline.

    Cons

    Market share is dropping rapidly, and management has yet to find a successful strategy for coping with the new reality. Now a division of Anglo American, so being managed like a commodities company rather than a luxury brand. Scaling back of most operations severely limits opportunities for advancement. Many top executives have left, and their replacements lack the category experience, contacts and vision of the people they're taking over for. Customer relationships have deteriorated badly in the last few years, possibly to the point where repair is impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managing the decline is not enough; need a strategy for long-term growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. A very traditional company with varying cultures around the world

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at De Beers full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good packages overall. Opportunities to travel and very supportive of personal development. Employees are of a high calibre

    Cons

    Can be parent-child in operation. Now taken over by a much bigger company (Anglo American) so could be uncertainty over the short term

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. I learned how to work by myself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at De Beers

    Pros

    nice brand with a strong possibility of advancement

    Cons

    management, products, environment, hours, team

    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at De Beers

    Pros

    Great Learning Experience, Always interesting and challenging

    Cons

    Hard work, Long hours and stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work Hard

    No opinion of CEO
  8. Predictable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at De Beers

    Pros

    good employee values and benefits

    Cons

    slow and difficult to progress through the ranks

    No opinion of CEO
  9. Interesting - at first for the right reasons - later for the wrong ones.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at De Beers

    Pros

    Other companies think you worked for a grand company

    Cons

    You get too channelled and focussed

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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