Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
108 Reviews
3.6
108 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work atmosphere, good work-life balance, positive safety culture (in 8 reviews)

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


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

  • Too much red tape / No defined career progression and succession planning (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

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

    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
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    Australian gravy train

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

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    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
  3.  

    Rio Tinto Minerals in Denver- all kinds of bad

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

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than an year)

    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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  5.  

    Excellent workforce to work with (SLC, UT- US).

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    I received excellent experience working in HR. I learned more than I did with any other company and had a variety of responsibilities.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is wasteful with resources and office workers are set up to fail. Too much work is piled on each person's shoulders. Global strategy hurts regions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give each region (sometimes country) its own power to customize strategy to what works for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Tough Culture to adopt.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are offered great benefits

    Cons

    The Culture is a tough one to adopt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move employees around more

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Poor Rio Tinto - Kennecott is a Mess

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Advisor, Health and Safety in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Principal Advisor, Health and Safety in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Rio Tinto as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working as a contractor, I was paid very well, if not blindly overpaid.

    Cons

    Rio Tinto's Kennecott is a money pit dragging down shareholder value. Poor decisions, and seemingly little accountability seem the mainstay. In fact, maybe the management that survive are the ones with more of an eye on keeping a low profile and staying busy while repeat incompetence goes on around them. In my group, management operated as a club - albeit an incompetent one - where decisions were mainly political (where not utterly uninformed). Some players seemed fortunate to have a job - being so absurdly incompetent at management or fiscal decisions. You work there, and hopefully, learn what not to do, and how companies set them selves up for failure. Kennecott will eventually either pull Rio down or get spun off as the poorly-managed money pit that it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at your management and command structure. Quit hiding incompetence, hiring the wrong people for the wrong reasons, Fire incompetents and rely less on high-dollar outside consultants and contractors where you should cultivate quality from within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Big company big politics

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

    I have been working at Rio Tinto

    Pros

    Benefits
    Great experience
    Great pay
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    No transparency
    No trust
    Salary vs hourly problems
    Rotating shift work
    Rough work environment
    Long hours
    Overly concerned about saftey limit job functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic goals. Be more transpaent with employees. Care about workforce more. Make smart desisions. Quit jumping over millions to save thousands. Quarterly goals and salary bonuses are so over emphasized that important long term reliabilty is being over looked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Rio Tinto

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    All the benefits of a large company (health, retirement, etc) in addition to global opportunity. Safety is an important aspect of the company culture. The managers and "higher ups" did seem to genuinely care about the welfare of their employees.

    Cons

    It seemed that there was very limited opportunity to progress and advance in your career if you were not in the technical/engineering groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the health and well being of employees and their families is important, so is recognizing talents and skills in team members who are "only operations".

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall a great company to work for and a sector leader.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Function in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Corporate Function in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Rio is a big company with lots of opportunities. If you are willing to put the effort in you can have a great career.

    Cons

    Management is monolithic with lots of kingdoms that are more focused on self-protection and preservation than on progressing the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics and don't forget the people in mid-management and field operations. They are the ones earning return for the shareholders.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fast paced environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HSE in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - HSE in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sharp technology and smart people

    Cons

    bogged down bureaucracy and petty jealousy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop making unreasonable demands because you are burning out good people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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