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Newmont Mining Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
76 Reviews
2.9
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Gary J. Goldberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company offers some of the best pay and benefits in their industry (in 9 reviews)

  • Great pay, great benefits, great PTO, 9/80 work schedule (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Limited work-life balance and political power plays are common (in 4 reviews)

  • That also means there is little to no career path for those that remain (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Since O'Brien left...nothing good to say about leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Newmont Mining full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and bonuses were great. You could always count on leadership setting up easy targets to exceed 100 percent bonus; they really know how to line their pockets ...and those employees that still work there....all while they take the company apart piece by piece.

    Cons

    Since inception of SAP and new leadership in the last few years, Newmont was no longer a great place to work. For the last three years, semi-annual lay-offs, with more to come. No one is safe, except top executives and senior leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop keeping laying off the people doiing the work and get rid of senior leadership that are making the decisions. Stop trying to bring all Rio Tinto employees on board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Newmont Corporate is a disaster

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, CO

    I worked at Newmont Mining full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Many, many good people. Not all, but many.

    Cons

    Absolutely no leadership. The disconnect between the 'head' and the 'hands' is so great as to be difficult to fathom. Laughable if it didn't impact hard working folks - they keep having layoffs of 'the little people' but keeping full cadre of 'executives.' Without workers, what is all that management managing/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hang out the for sale sign if you can't run the business like you wish for it so succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic and contentious place to work. Stay away or wait to be layed off.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Dev in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - IT Dev in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Newmont Mining full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, though they continue to erode. Depending upon the department and manager, some are much better than others. Stay away from IT and accounting. Terrible leadership! If you can even call it that.

    Cons

    Terrible atmosphere of fear, retaliation, lack of accountability, lack of progress. CIO literally yells at people, and acceptable since there have been numerous complaints to HR...IT dept is clueless and people are so far over their heads it's absurd. The egos are unparalled, but without cause or reason. People in upper positions act entitled, rushing to fix things for the execs, but leave the regular people to fend for themselves and without resources or tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire you whole executive staff and start over. You hired a CFO who had been fired, then she promoted the guy who overran the SAP project by 350% and has no idea what's going on in the company, but none of the execs do, they just stay in their glass castles and beat to a different and far superior benefit and payroll drum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top Heavy and Mis-managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, CO

    I worked at Newmont Mining full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are extremely good, which makes it difficult for employees to leave, even when there is nothing left for them to do and nowhere for them to go career-wise.

    Cons

    There are WAY too many senior executives - and they continue to hire more. That could be a result of the existing executives being extremely poor at running the company. However, hiring more is not the solution, cleaning house is the solution.

    The mining industry is on the decline, so there is less and less work for the employees to do, so the company is WAY over staffed for the work to be done. That also means there is little to no career path for those that remain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat now, starting with the management ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Lack of Direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Newmont Mining full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and benefits.
    Work is interesting.

    Cons

    Lack of focus
    Lack of leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a long term plan and vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Stressful, unfocused work environment. Directors and Executives have huge egos. Very short staffed after recent layoffs.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, CO

    I have been working at Newmont Mining full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most people are very nice

    Cons

    Managers, directors and executives have big egos, and don't work well with others. Executives preach "One Newmont", but separate themselves from average employees. Pay is behind industry standards for lower level employees. Work environment is very fast paced, stressful, and unfocused, yet it takes months for directors and executives to make decisions. Good employees leaving in droves due to poor management and unreasonable work load after recent layoffs, which just gets worse as more employees leave for better positions. No one is allowed to say no, and employees will go from one person to the next until they get what they want. No advancement opportunities for employees below manager level. Benefits package gets worse every year, with health insurance costs and deductibles rising more than 5 times this year alone. Its all about who you know, not what you know at Newmont. Too many directors with too little work to do, most just move information from their employees to the executives, and micromanage their employees to death. Elitist and entitled culture where executives rule like spoiled children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get focused and concentrate on holding onto good employees. Review compensation and benefits, you're taking advantage of your low level employees. Treat your employees with more respect and maybe you will get some in return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Richard O'Brien, WAKE UP to 2013!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Slave in Carlin, NV
    Former Employee - Slave in Carlin, NV

    I worked at Newmont Mining full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People have flocked to the Elko Nevada area, the Carlin pit mine in my case, to be thankful to have a job. It's a secure thought and has benefits included.

    Cons

    The management, supervisors especially, are basically treating people like slaves to the lowest point, and have a mixed bag of reasons to fire you.It's ok for one person, different for the drinking/fishing pal. They need a standard of acceptance, cut the crap on female harassment, be aware of it, from supervisors to workmates.Supervisors need to follow trained procedures, have a brain, not be a family member of past and move in progression, or an eager idiot who wants a name tag and shove people around.You are losing good dedicated people over ignorance in supervision/policies.They never explain a workers rights in a situation, because most supervisors don't even know them! Profits are #1, safety always #2 until after the fact, they put on a good show to cover their butt first ALWAYS! Train supervisors and HR to today's standards, not make their own as see fit, continuity works great in a workplace!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the sand, it's 2013, not 1935. There is a need to treat workers right, with reason for cause. I would NEVER invest into this outfit, just to line corporate pockets, slavery was supposed to be abolished years ago. If you have a large turnover of workers, maybe look down the line and see really why you're losing them.You spend a fortune on training, why lose them over ignorance on your part?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I found Newmont to be old school and at times extremely disfunctional.

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

    I have been working at Newmont Mining full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are some really smart, good people at Newmont. You get to do some cool potential travel and the pay is about 30% above market..

    Cons

    Very slow, old school, old boy culture. Hard to make decisions and get work done. Salary and benefits are set up as "golden handcuffs" -- stock options vest over three years, kind of forcing you to stick around despite the disfunction. While the culture, mission, and values look great on paper, this can be a very low-trust environment, leading to churn, constantly revisiting decisions, and other frustrations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Newmont seriously needs to do a significant culture transformation. Merely adjusting the strategy and hoping that the next level of management will fall into line isn't working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful judgemental atmosphere do not treat you with respect or give you a chance

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

    I have been working at Newmont Mining full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Got paid on time, nice office to work in

    Cons

    No people skills, don't introduce you to anybody, unfriendly, no mentoring, no breaks, cube that is 1/4 the size of others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Negative atmosphere is unbearable treat people with respect maybe you will get some

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The fancy job title is misleading.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Elko, NV
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Elko, NV

    I have been working at Newmont Mining

    Pros

    There is a strong sense of family between the employees because most of us really got suckered into accepting our "not-as-promised" position. Unfortunately, the only other option is to work at Barrick (for less pay), which I hear is the same story, but less pay, but more competent and respectful managers. The pay is okay if you are a secretary, but it is salaried, so you do not get paid overtime for working 60-70 hours per week (The drive out to the mine is the worst because it too is unpaid), but you do get a small bonus I hear.

    "Formal Business Attire" is nothing more than jeans and a "your favorite football team" windbreaker, and you can usually get away with chewing tobacco during meetings (the same leniency apparently goes for the guys too). However, if you are in a meeting just taking notes, the room is probably a wreck and filthy anyway, and you would look overdressed if you wore slacks or a nice blouse.

    Cons

    I thought the Business Administrator position was more along the lines of a managerial-type job when I was hired, but just a few months into the position I realize I am just a receptionist. Because this place over-titles the positions, I would be cautious of accepting a position, or salary, until you physically observe the person performing the job duties (not just the canned list of job expectations on the website). Many employees are not used to their potential, and I am treated like a clerk by the managers, and my supervisor...all of which seem to have made it into their positions based on who they were buddies with, and how long they have been buddies with them.

    "Formal Business Attire" is nothing more than jeans and a "your favorite football team" windbreaker, and the same goes for the men. This is not what I expected from a Fortune 500 corporation, but the corporate office, and the shareholders apparently have lost touch on what goes on in Nevada.

    Avoid this place like an MSHA investigation, and go work for one of the mining contractors instead if you want to make money and live in the middle of no-where. If you are looking for a a good paying secretary job, you have no ambition, and want to see your education go to waste, Newmont is the place for you. Unless you are in a clique, like another person suggested, put on a good face until the economy picks back up, then get out (as if you will have a choice).You will not make it into a decision-making position unless you have an MBA and work in Denver, or you have lived in Winnemucca your entire life and worked with Newmont for 15 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house with the managers in Nevada, or require these people to act and dress like professionals and possess at least a college degree. Be honest and upfront with the positions you are advertising to people and stop giving people fancy titles and empty promises during the interview. A position as a secretary has nothing to do with the "business administration" of a company. A Business Administration position at Newmont is not an "opportunity" for someone if they are looking for an actual business-type position. Also, put a stop to the use of acronyms out here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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