Rio Tinto

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Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
97 Reviews

3.4
97 Reviews
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Rio Tinto Chief Executive Sam Walsh
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32 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance, mild culture, flat structure (in 6 reviews)

  • Employees are offered great benefits (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not always the best (in 4 reviews)

  • Too much red tape / No defined career progression and succession planning (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Talent Acquisiton & Talent Management

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Global, international, emerging countries, teamwork, values

    Cons

    Offshoring, decreasing internal mobility, decreasing internal opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Independent Contractor

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits are good Salaries are higher than average. Opportunity to move up.

    Cons

    Communication, Change in Management, Policy Change

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No plans for graduates. Kennecott MANAGEMENT can't get on the same page.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer  in  South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in South Jordan, UT

    Pros

    Rio Tinto has been great. excellent pay, Good career development and training. Good news, if you don't like your manager, you will always have a new one within a few months.

    Cons

    No plans for graduates. A lot of promises with no delivery. Upper management really doesn't have time to give to less senior employees. High turn over in upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better chain of command when you contract your employees to different business units with clear dates and role descriptions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Rio Tinto was an amazing place to work, lots of great people and a great working environment.

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in South Jordan, UT

    Pros

    Great benefits all the way around. Open environment. Great people.

    Cons

    The fluctuation of the market/industry.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    challenging work, good benefits, great safety culture, the company is trying to adopt and implement latest ideas in business and is trying to transform itself

    Cons

    silo mentality, very operations focused,needs to develop its employees further

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on people development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people here are very friendly and always willing to help on projects. The company promotes advancement but it's not as easy as they make it seem to be.

    Cons

    You only get 2 weeks vacation for the first 5 years. The champion telecommunting but don't let many people do it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Is mining business?

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Advisor
    Current Employee - Chief Advisor

    Pros

    The company generally pays well and tries to be a leader in safety, health, and environment.

    Cons

    The company is run by miners and not business men. Regularly, poor choices are made that no rational business person would make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Unstable with the wrong people doing the wrong jobs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisor  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    Benefits are great if you are a salary employee. Great location in the south part of the valley.

    Cons

    Stay away if you want to have a life. The mid-level managers will do and say anything to keep their jobs. They use and abuse their employees. Lots of back stabbing and throwing people under the bus. No one wants to take responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to leave things alone. You have the wrong people doing the wrong jobs, but since you have great benefits and good pay, no one wants to leave. But the work life sucks because there is none. Work you till you break or lay you off.

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

    Australian gravy train

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - global footprint and pretty good salary/work ratio; great business class travel and ability to stay at expensive hotels

    Cons

    - Australian company pretending to be global, but run by Perth boys that have very little understanding of Africa, Latin America, etc. so they make terrible acquisitions and hire (and only listen to) people just like themselves and then scapegoat the outsider, non-Australians when things go wrong
    - lets internal politics cloud judgement and strategy;
    - a lot of lip service on diversity but there is no real management buy-in or monitoring, incentivizing of an open-minded culture and breadth of views -the more senior person wins even if they were the ones that were behind huge mistakes such as Alcan acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - spend money and time on the wrong things and people such as lots of managers who drive their analysis and recommendations based on their personal agendas (and support them with lots of expensive yes men); management does not enforce true accountability for making the right (or more often, wrong) decisions or recommendations.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Rio Tinto Minerals in Denver- all kinds of bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Pay is amazing if you're in a management role, otherwise it is a little higher than market.

    Cons

    The corporate structure is quite bureaucratic: there are a lot of check boxes to fill, but otherwise leaders don't do anything. If you are applying for a managerial role and you are lazy, this is the perfect place for you. You can sit back, not care about your company or your people, and as long as you stick around, you'll keep moving up and making more money.

    If you're starting from the bottom, driven and hard working with the thought that it will take you places, it won't. Expect to be taken advantage of without an awesome bonus that all the lazy people around you get to enjoy. The only thing that is rewarded is time; all that matters is how long you have been with the company, not what you contribute. So stop caring, sit back, and let yourself waste away and you'll do great!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep praying that US Borax doesn't get divested because you'll never be able to replace your pay with the lack of skills you possess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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