Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Rio Tinto Chief Executive Sam Walsh
Sam Walsh
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Pros
  • Work - life Balance, employee safety is of great importance, (in 10 reviews)

  • very good benefits package for employees (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance difficult to manage (in 5 reviews)

  • Cyclical Industry, career progression is not defined (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Rio Tinto Minerals

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good place to work and learn. The global reach from a small business unit allows for a lot of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Headwinds are on the horizon with increasing competition and overall commodity slowdown. However, this business unit should fare better than the overall commodity sector.


  2. I would do it again if the opportunity arose!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sharpsburg, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sharpsburg, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company benefits and compensation were outstanding. Good HR support system. Great career path planning and training availability. Safety is their first priority.

    Cons

    HR doesn't allow you to move fast enough to terminate an employee. Lack of communication from upper management stagnates some of the processes. SAP system is a nightmare. People only know their piece of the pie. Not one single source to go to in order to learn the system. They have become safety stupid instead of safety conscience...drives job costs way up.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to live within your means. Huge layoffs happen because of bad financial committee decisions. Remember that people still get hurt out of reflexive actions...no matter how much money you pour into the bucket.


  3. Chief operator boron California

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boron, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boron, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and schedule benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Poor management don't listen to employees. Trying to break the union. Turnover is very high on the management side.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within to get better experience in the supervisor ranks. Listen to operator's who run the plant everyday we know what we are doing.


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  5. Moribund, slow but prestigious

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rio is one of the doyen's of the diversified mining companies and working for them comes with automatic prestige on your resume.

    Cons

    Mining is a miserable place at the moment. Rio makes it even worse by endlessly delaying difficult decisions and having no established career pathway. Progression here has always been based on a "master-protoge" relationship and is likely always going to be that way.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up difficult decisions, give people serious opportunities to develop.


  6. Rio Tinto could be great, but....

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in South Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Strong safety culture. Many exceptional employees. Good assets.

    Cons

    Outsourcing and reorganizing constantly. Weak implementation of strategy. Making poor short term decisions while claiming to have a long term view of industry and economy. Senior management making questionable ethical decisions in regards to vendor commitments and financial statement presentation.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that Rio Tinto has many stakeholders, not just shareholders. Remember commitments to employees, vendors and communities.


  7. Senior Accountant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Great employee benefits, many positions have a flexible work environment. Long standing employees very friendly and helpful. Opportunities for international assignments.

    Cons

    Confusion of direction of reorganization. Reduced opportunities for advancement. Company wide changes made regardless of regional expectations. Regional communication disconnect.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Great ideas don't only come from executive committees.


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    Senior Advisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in South Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Rio Tinto has great pay and benefits. There are many opportunities to travel and learn new roles/skills. And they go through phases where they celebrate success well. Safety is a value and important to most levels throughout the company. Flexibility in the work schedule is a bonus. Very intellegent and skilled employees.

    Cons

    There is a stifling amount of politics, beurocracy, power plays, postulating and incompetence. Though they have made progress in diversity and inclusion, women are not promoted as men are, generally they are paid less than their male counterparts and are limited in progress into management and senior roles. Work-related mental health issues, burnout and fatigue are not managed within the company and affects many current and former employees. There is more focus on the 'perception' of the company/project/employee than the actual work/culture/individual performance.

    Advice to Management

    The outsourcing of internal services has led to a disconnection with your employees and lowered quality of service. Slow down your decision making and let the changes catch up to each other before you layoff or sell off any more of the company. Cultivate and invest in your employees like you once did.


  9. Ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The benefits were very good

    Cons

    The management was all over the place


  10. Process engineer

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    Current Employee - Business Process Lead in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Business Process Lead in South Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance Pay Yearly bonuses Learn to be safe in your family and inside your workplace Good opportunity to put a good company on your resume Excellent benefits Excellent 401k Company cell phone

    Cons

    Too much politics No career path No career opportunities Not challenging You never know how long you will have a job.. Leadership and major changes happening all the time Recently in May Riotino laid off and is outsourcing all of it and other parts of the business .. I seen people hired on and let go 6months afterwards .. Horrible to feel you might not have a job tomorrow

    Advice to Management

    Moral is low.. Focus on your employees .. Stop making so much change


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good company but not a great time to jump on board

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    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a really collaborative environment. Compensation is comparable to competitors. bonuses are guaranteed. There seems to be a great work life balance for most employees maybe with the exception of those working directly in operations. There is lot

    Cons

    I have been extremely disappointed with senior managements response to the lows and highs in metal prices. Good senior management is capable of keeping a moderate path. However management has overreacted to high metal prices in 2008-2010 and hired too many people. In addition too much capitol was spent and risks with mergers and projects were taken that just didn't pan out. The current CEO is overreacting to low metal prices now. There are huge cuts in both capitol and people. In a couple of years I think the company will be in bad place due to todays reactive decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being pansys and start thinking about the long term needs of the company instead of what makes stockholders happy today



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