Rio Tinto

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Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
129 Reviews
3.5
129 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work atmosphere, good work-life balance, positive safety culture (in 10 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.  

    Lots of opportunity to do different things

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the diversity and working with different people from different countries

    Cons

    Constant change and reorganization of departments

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Poor Rio Tinto - Kennecott is a Mess

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    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 a 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
  3.  

    Big company big politics

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    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
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    Rio Tinto

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    • 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 a 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
  6.  

    Fast paced environment

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    • 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
  7.  

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

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    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
  8.  

    Good company, room for advancement

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boron, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boron, CA

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are good and they pay well for the area I live in. There are many sites around the world if you wanted to apply and move around the world. Emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    Management changes a lot. Because of that, policies often change. Just like many big businesses, the high paid important "old timers" are getting phased out for those willing to make less money.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just a paycheck, not a career

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

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good money and exposure to a different perspective on mining than most other companies on the planet. A good place to learn what not to do. Great severances packages.

    Learn what you need and then move on. You will never retire from Rio Tinto. You will only be made redundant eventually. Be in control of your own destiny and leave when the time is right for you.

    Cons

    An organization that has lost touch with mining and processing. Rio Tinto is not an IT business or an academic organization to experiment and develop "the mine of the future". Mining is still just that, mining. Get over yourselves! Too many Australians trying to overcompensate for the Australian stereotype of not being too smart and being lifeguards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to your roots and be real miners. Stabilized the peaks and valleys; don't spend like drunken sailors when times are good only to turn into pirates and line everyone up to walk the plank when times are bad. The word gets around about the old "hire everyone" and then "fire everyone".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Inconsistent Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Development Panning in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Director of Development Panning in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Ability to work on larger projects
    - international assignments
    - great benefits and compensation
    - great people and managers

    Cons

    - Big and bureaucratic
    - confused strategic direction
    - difficult rising in the organization
    - seems like you need to be Australian to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to work on consistency. I worked in several different business units and the culture and application of standards were quite different. The company is very cliquey and some of the groups are very resistant to change. Pick a strategy and stick with it for more than a year. You waste too much money paying consultants without any real oversight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior advisor

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

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

    Pros

    smart people, quality of life, responsible company, development opportunities

    Cons

    too much change, bureaucracy, cyclical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to manage the highs and lows more effectively

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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