Rio Tinto Minerals

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Rio Tinto Minerals Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
11 Reviews
2.8
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good for entry level jobs

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Greenwood Village, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Greenwood Village, CO

    I worked at Rio Tinto Minerals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Market dominance
    Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Very political work environment
    Top heavy
    Losing competitiveness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow transparent policies, be realistic in business expectations, minimize politics

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work with good benefits. Normal pains of being a small sliver within a large corporation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Minerals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Onsite training allows for personal growth within the company. Good safety policies that are enforced in order to help save lives. Good union that supports its members. Clean work environment. Quality co-workers.

    Cons

    Dissemination of information is lacking. Not a lot of vacation until you have been with the company for almost 10 years. Typical adjustments of being a smaller entity within a larger corporation that is trying to reduce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proper dissemination of information will help to keep the rumor mill low and morale high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If they had any local competition, they'd be out of business.

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Former Employee - Analyst in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    I worked at Rio Tinto Minerals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is very good. On-site gym. They have an extreme effort to promote safety which often hinders productivity.

    Cons

    Archaic systems. Promotions to management or positions within company are not reflective of an individual's skills or knowledge. Often chaotic and knee-jerk management style. No employee training or skill development. Too much communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on implementing technology appropriately. Think strategically about where you want the business to go and outline appropriate objectives. Clean house of management and hire knowledgable leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    A spectacular learning experience especially in the realm of safety!

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    Former Employee - Lab Analyst  in  Boron, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Boron, CA

    I worked at Rio Tinto Minerals

    Pros

    Competitive Compensation
    Great Benefits
    Highly Intelligent Co-workers
    Emphasis on Safety Culture

    Cons

    Work can often be repetitive and non challenging

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The people are very nice, the work environment energetic, but the management within Rio Tinto PLC is frustrating.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Minerals

    Pros

    Nice and intelligent people who are enthusiastic about their work. Interesting subject matter and lots of opportunities to work in multi-discipline groups. Global in nature with dynamic markets.

    Cons

    Senior level management within Rio Tinto PLC seem to have no idea what RTM does but they are learning, slowly. The organizational structure of the business units make for sluggish ability to change and adapt to market conditions. This also effects the ability to upgrade essential databases and software, communicate across business groups, collaborate across borders, and recruit much needed talent. The Upper upper level management have made bad decisions that have negatively affected the more profitable arms of the business, hindering growth and profitability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enthusiasm for the business and clearly outlining the goals and growth path of the business will help to motivate employees. Encourage collaboration and most importantly create an environment of change so that employees feel comfortable contributing to discussions and decision making. The latter will help to educate yourselves on the operational issues of the business. We shouldn't be spending 30% of our time messing around with crumby or poorly functional databases.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I agree with other posts

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Boron, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boron, CA

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Minerals

    Pros

    Brand recognition, Good life/work balance, and above average benefits package.

    Cons

    First of all, dont trust HR. They are there to protect the company, they say they will keep your comments off the record but after meeting they change their mind and use that information against you.
    I couldnt figure out how is rewarding is done and I have been there for 4-5 years. Dont trust your supervisor. If you are more talented than him/her, she/he will use your ideas, reward you poorly and never promote your talent.
    No diversity (number of women, black, asian employees are very few). For example, we work on MLK day. The morale is very poor now. I am planning to leave and wont even look back.
    If you are out of college, young, talented guy/gal, go somewhere else. And dont think that you may work your way to another subsidary, there is no exchange programs. Rio Tinto Minerals is a tiniest part of Rio Tinto and it looks like it will not be for long. Profits are decreasing. They are loosing market share in both products (talc and borates).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are getting fooled by politicians who doesnt do any work, exploit their employees talents. You need to get rid of these people. Current job market helps you to do whatever you want but it is getting better and people started to leave already. Think about why. Invest on your own. You dont need to hire externally. Reward fairly.

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

    Company's culture is deteriorating fast

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO

    I worked at Rio Tinto Minerals

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, ok benefits (401k match, health, etc.)

    Cons

    Rewarding is based on favoritism not what you accomplished, how well you do your job. Politics in office is unbearable. Career opportunities are very limited even though Rio Tinto is a huge company. There is no exchanging employees between other subsidiaries. Strong resistance against any new approach. Very Ops oriented company. If you are ambitious, creative and dont like politics go somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people based on performance not how well they do politics. And reward FAIRLY. Invest in your own people. Dont keep hiring outsiders, they are impacting the culture negatively. You have people with great skills invest in them.

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

    If you are looking for diversity, don't go there

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Minerals

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, business class inter-continental travelling

    Cons

    Promotions are based on favoritism, very white Anglo-American culture, no growth opportunities whatsover, no diversity, no creativity, no room for innovation so if you try to bring something new get ready for strong criticism. you know what just don't come here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are bad at rewarding right people, you try to promote diversity but do nothing about it. Stop hiring people from outside and invest on your own people. You are exploiting employees and in this market you can, but when things change, you will not find any talent around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    look before you leap

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    Current Employee - Lead Person  in  Three Forks, MT
    Current Employee - Lead Person in Three Forks, MT

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Minerals

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, job location

    Cons

    no opportunity for growth or promotion, promotions and advancement are based on favoritism over competency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try promoting people with the education, skill sets and abilities to do the job instead of promoting brown nosers that cover their lack of skills and knowledge with smooth talk and bs

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Politics or Business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Minerals full-time

    Pros

    - Good Pay
    - Company pays/reimburses for safety shoes/glasses

    Cons

    - Unless you participate in office politics, you will be held back ( you have to kiss a lot of backside)
    - A blind eye is often the norm for the favorite employees
    - Supervisors' workloads are stretched beyond belief
    - Management does not practice what they preach (do as I say - not as I do)
    - The HR department is a revolving door which leads to inconsistencies in policies & procedures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the employees who are great workers not because they kiss your backside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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