Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
3.3 of 5 93 reviews
www.fcx.com Phoenix, AZ 5000+ Employees

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.3 93 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold President, CEO, and Director Richard C. Adkerson

Richard C. Adkerson

(55 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Training is always ongoing to develop skills, great safety culture, great pay and awesome benefits"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Great benefits, corporation cares for their employees"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management uses the good old buddy system for hiring"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Very unreasonable HR, Senior Management with no respect to company policies or treating people with respect"
    in 5 reviews
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    A Long History of Providing Opportunity

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsEnergetic, High Expectations, and Great Benefits. International travel was very exciting and great opportunity to learn from very smart people. Great respect for contribution of the individual and team.

    ConsAt times, challenged by the nature of politics surrounding natural resources and license to operate. Nature of the beast...

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider work from home schedules to reduce commute at corporate office as well as to attract the younger workforce to mining.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Plenty of experience if you do not burnout first.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsDiverse opportunities and plenty of them. Pay is rather good for area. Good for employee learning the industry.

    ConsTurn and burn them mentality resulting in negative work-life balance. Remote sites requires time away from home and lots of travel. Site politics are much less than main office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTelecommute portion of week to lower travel requirements.

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    Overall not a bad company to work for.

    Maintenance Supervision (Current Employee)
    Green Valley, AZ

    ProsSteady work that of course depends on the copper economy. Good benefits. Pay rates are compeditive

    ConsAs with all mining careers, the work environment is dirty at all times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes it seems that the wrong messages are sent to the workforce when safety incidents happen. It has been said that people have lost their jobs or been chastized over very minor incidents. I think it is a lack of communication which inturn sends the wrong message or perseption which then in my opinion causes the workforce to be very hestitant to report anything.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and salary. People who work for this company aare treated like kings. People work, it is no holiday, but the overall benefits more than compensate for it.

    ConsThe size of the organization is really too large. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. There seems to be a great amount of waste and too many layers of service.

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    The IT department culture is confrontational and combative.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI've heard the pay is excellent for direct employees.

    ConsThe IT department culture is confrontational and combative, especially towards contractors who get used up and discarded. The tone is set at the IT Leadership levels which use fear and anger as the primary method to motivate people. This practice is largely adopted by the rest of the IT organization, likely from a sense of self-preservation, though there a few rational and brave managers. I’ve heard first-hand the use of escalation threats which successfully got IT contractors to work OT.

    If you are a contractor, don’t take my word for it – ask other contractors and vendors. If you decide to take the contract, price it accordingly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Structured and well-managed internship

    Industrial Hygiene Intern (Former Employee)
    Morenci, AZ

    ProsI enjoyed my internship and had the opportunity to learn quite a bit. I also was given opportunities to cross-train and even have a few experiences that were just for fun...such as riding in a haul truck and train (while still doing work). Very neat opportunity to see the full scope of the mining process at Morenci and I took a lot away from it. People are very friendly and there is definitely a good safety culture and family atmosphere.

    ConsMorenci is a fairly boring town and being older than the other interns I didn't really have much to do. Weekends were spent driving over two hours to Tucson. Housing was limited to I found myself living in a hotel all summer. No complaints about the company or internship itself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive information on career opportunities within the company post-graduation for those who aren't engineering interns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company has no plans for college graduates

    Engineer I (Current Employee)
    Morenci, AZ

    ProsGood pay, great benefits, cheap town

    ConsUpper management uses the good old buddy system for hiring... managers have no higher education, there are no plans for people with degrees

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look around and see how much talent you guys are wasting. Have some development plans for your educated employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent experience at FCX

    Senior Finance Analyst (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsGreat quality of life in Phoenix, excellent company benefits and salary (for AZ), great company with good assets and geographically diversified.

    ConsLot's of politics going on, very differentiated between senior management and the rest of the employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen more communication channels between management and employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, great benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsraisesBenefits are top notch. Great work environment

    ConsSlow on promotions and measley

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize talent in company quicker

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    Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas

    Manager Projecs (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsVariety of job responsibilities. Accomplished major projects with no impact to business continuity. Prior to new leadership in this department, I had the ability and trust of Sr. Management to move forward with maintenance issues, working with building management and engineers. Covered all facilities in Texas, California and Louisiana.

    ConsThe challenges with new Leadership was enduring daily insults in person and among colleagues. Alliances and successes with other Departmental Management was always good but internal issues were not brought to Sr. Management attention and Sr. Management did not engage on this level. HR Department was a dead end for these types of situations. Mandatory Workshops such as "Supervisory Skills" and "Identifying Personality Types for better communication skills" in the organization were mandatory but never allowed to practice. Waste of time and money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at your leadership and their communication styles. Allow for mediation with no recourse such as the threat of termination or being encouraged to leave the organization.

    All the following "Rating Chart" below is based on Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas prior to the merger with Plains Exploration & Production Company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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