Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold President, CEO, and Director Richard C. Adkerson
Richard C. Adkerson
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Pros
  • Great pay, good bonus structure (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, great benefits, cheap town (in 9 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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  1. Helpful (2)

    Phelps Dodge was my worst nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Safford, AZ
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Safford, AZ

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

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

    Pros

    They hire new engineers out of school and give them opportunity to start their career.

    Cons

    This applies only for Phelps Dodge (before the buy out) 1. Insane management that mentally torments employees 2. Employees are forced to put in illegal long hours daily 3. Managers threaten and scream (really loud) at the employees 4. Managers snoop on the private life of the employees and use that to punish them at work 5. Incompetent management that takes lots of time off during the day for their private chores

    Advice to Management

    There are many people who left Phelps Dodge because of the obstruction at work. Even HR did not help us. You must have higher power to control those tyrants.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good money--but not worth it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Superintendent
    Former Employee - Superintendent

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

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

    Pros

    The money and amount of vacation were good.

    Cons

    I was working at their property in Indonesia. Before starting there I anticipated that the major challenges of the job would be dealing with the environment (cold, rainy etc.) and the isolation (very small town). These things were tolerable. What ended up being the biggest challenge was dealing with management. There was very little communication and acquiring the tools I needed to do my job was always a struggle. The company is very shrewd and instead of giving feedback if there are issues they will simply get rid of you and try someone else.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not the best job if you want to learn and grow your life but if your lazy and ok with staying put you will do great!!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Concentrator Mechanic in Vanadium, NM
    Current Employee - Concentrator Mechanic in Vanadium, NM

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, hours are good with a good schedule

    Cons

    COMMUNICATION!!! UNION SUCKS!!! LAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZY BOSSES and all around if your young and want to grow your life you cant because your not green carded to do anything there.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what your employees are doing if you had better productivity with better communication skills you could cut the contractors out and truly grow the mine. The reason this place lays off so often is not because of copper prices more because of managers allowing people to milk the clock and waste the companies money.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Freeport McMoRan

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mining Engineer in Morenci, MI
    Current Employee - Mining Engineer in Morenci, MI

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    none. This is a very poorly run company that only supports senior management.

    Cons

    poor management. Management is self absorbed and does not care about its employees

    Advice to Management

    Complete overhaul of managemet


  6. Helpful (2)

    Definately the worst workplace!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hydromet Operator Ll in Safford, AZ
    Former Employee - Hydromet Operator Ll in Safford, AZ

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits and ok schedule! When the Sx/Ew Plant was first started up they choose and hired the best in the industry and took care of their workforce Management at that time cared and showed and received the utmost respect.

    Cons

    As the first year concluded management changed hands and then the work enviroment turned hostile and reclusive, Upper management let go of the reigns and then the click mantality took over and then backstabbing and childs play ensued, supervision had alot to be desired lots of unsatisfied exempt employees and it trickled to the non exempt workforce.

    Advice to Management

    None to give i understand it is still the same if not worse! Management and the Company do not desire change!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Same old

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Intern in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The money was ok, but management was not engaging.

    Cons

    Management did not listen to workers' issues


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good Company/Clickish Management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

    Pros

    good salary and benefits bonus

    Cons

    Work is often at remote sites


  9. Helpful (1)

    A large company managed by few Yes people from same PTFI Indonesia Club

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

    I have been working at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Large capital base Profitable Papua mines where gold is produced as a by product and the production cost is nullified into profit. Lucky to have few excellent resources strategically located world wide minimising the risks Excellent CFO, Chairman, CEO and the board

    Cons

    Top management is consisted of mostly people who worked together in PTFI Indonesia. So birds of same feather. Prejudicial relationship because some of the top executives worked together outside Freeport as well as they worked together in Papua No framework of performance management - all whims and fancies. You need to have a God Father Professional management is just missing from the people who are just below the Board Lack of transparency Incomeptent admin officers and clerks are promoted in decision making levels so as to support their managers at all times without any threat .

    Advice to Management

    Please wake up - think PRFI is not the best practice for all mines - Instill professionally qualified managers and JUST NOT YES MEN/WOMEN. They will let sink the company together by not challenging any decision. Do not promote incompetent clerical staff to senior management level without market testing


  10. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    get rid of them.


  11. Management Clueless to Staff's Needs and Actions

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

    I worked at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold full-time (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

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



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