Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
104 Reviews
3.3
104 Reviews
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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold President, CEO, and Director Richard C. Adkerson
Richard C. Adkerson
63 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Training is always ongoing to develop skills, great safety culture, great pay and awesome benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits, corporation cares for their employees (in 7 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to start a career and gain experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mine Engineer I  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Mine Engineer I in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits with competitive pay, lots of locations to gain experience from. Good at keeping salaried employees from excessive working hours.

    Cons

    Good-ole-boys mentality at local management level. Politics leads to a high turnover rate for those unable to work past it. Training rotations could be drastically improved, easy to get stuck in one position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a bad place to work

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

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very safety focused, decent benefits and compensation. Low cost of living in a company town. Great place to start a career. Lots of opportunity to learn about other parts of the copper process, and some really knowledgeable people to learn from.

    Cons

    Diversity is lacking. Moving up can be more based on who you know rather than capability. Town can be stifling after a bit, since it's a small town. Nepotism can be an issue here, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider ways to increase diversity of thought and backgrounds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay. Untraditional organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer Drafter  in  Morenci, AZ
    Current Employee - Designer Drafter in Morenci, AZ

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay and bonuses. Cost of living and housing is subsidized.

    Cons

    get things done quick and fast attitude. Lacks quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    adopt industry standards for construction management. Take away Project managament roles from engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long term employment is not encouraged.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Morenci, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager in Morenci, AZ

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company pays good bonuses. Wages are mid-level compared with other Fortune 500 companies.

    Cons

    High pay is required to compensate for poor treatment and 14% annual attrition. Salaried employees are required to work minimum 50 hours per week but 60 hours per week are normal and management tracks you. Bonuses are large but not sufficient to balance the poor treatment of the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee's hearts and loyalty cannot be bought.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Management Clueless to Staff's Needs and Actions

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

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very few. Working the hours of 4:00am to 2:00pm makes the weeks go by faster. Working with very "simple" people.

    Cons

    Little attention given to those lower down on the totem pol. Unsafe working conditions due to Drunken Staff Workers Brought in from other parts of the world without any training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people and keep an eye on them.
    This was an unsafe work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great pay. Great people. Slow to adapt.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Service Center  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Human Resources Service Center in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay. Great people. Opportunity for growth and moving around within the company.

    Cons

    Slow to adapt. Need to have methods in place to implement new ideas for saving money and improving work processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time talking with lower level management and implementing their ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geologist I  in  Bagdad, AZ
    Current Employee - Geologist I in Bagdad, AZ

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company encourages learning and open door policy.

    Cons

    Company is super cheap. They skimp on things at the mine sites that they should not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A Long History of Providing Opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Energetic, 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Plenty of experience if you do not burnout first.

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

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Turn 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 ManagementAdvice

    Telecommute portion of week to lower travel requirements.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waste of time and horrible people and work place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

    Pros

    Overall I can not think of any pros at all. The pay was not worth my life, my happiness, and took too much time away from my babies.

    Cons

    they are far from equal opportunity. There is plenty if discrimination at the morenci mine. From race to dicrimiation of sex(woman) unless your especially "friendly". There is also ALOT of favoritism, a lot of people who get the night positions are from around morenci, Duncan and Safford and they make it a point to put their family and friends in good position. Contractors there were very dangerous and far from safe. Once you hit that mine your playing their games and you better hope that your in good with certain people otherwise they will try and intimidate you, threaten your job, put you in unsafe and uncomfortable situations. BEWARE!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of them.

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