Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Just a paycheck, not a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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".


  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior advisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    too much change, bureaucracy, cyclical

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to manage the highs and lows more effectively


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  5. Inconsistent Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Too much politics and BS all over the company, no job stability found in this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RTP Administrative in South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - RTP Administrative in South Jordan, UT

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, great benefits, diversify cultures, free gym, (some) fun coworkers

    Cons

    too much to put in here. You name it: politics, games, betrayal, side taking, sleep their way up, manager is just someone who monitors what time you come in and go home and propose your position to be eliminated. Sucks environment. No job secure whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    no advice because these people don't care. Also, HR is useless. You can't trust anyone there but yourself!


  7. Great Place Great People

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Salary
    Great Work life balance
    Flex work schedule

    Cons

    Very market and commodity price driven
    Instablity for job
    Too many direction changes

    Advice to Management

    Let us do our jobs without interuppting evry 6-12 months with new org structures.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Fast paced work environment, mixed experience with management

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

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Faced paced work environment makes days go quickly; most managers and supervisors are supportive and make an effort to get to know their admins; strong sense of camaraderie among admins; good pay and benefits; nice work facilities

    Cons

    A handful of managers are not good at their jobs, but remain in their positions; no follow up on one reported incident of abuse from a manager


  9. Good company with identity crisis

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance
    Great benefits
    Reasonable commute
    Awesome co-workers

    Cons

    Constant organizational change
    Global managers that cannot manage
    "Golden Handcuffs" keep people captive (also can be a pro)

    Advice to Management

    The constant organizational change in the IT department is dizzying. Every time things start to stabilize with a possibility of improving, someone new comes in to shake things up. The IT side needs to decide if they want to compete against IT only organizations or realize they are part of a mining company and focus on serving who our customers are rather than acting like a public IT organization.


  10. Turbulence sustained; culture of frustration

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    brilliant people who are frustrated trying to contribute

    Cons

    overly political behavior and lack of active, aligned leadership starting from; decisions seemingly at random and not well thought through

    Advice to Management

    stop trying to globalize the organization and exercise some leadership, starting with ExCo. Stabilize the operations vs. constant reorganization; step up to the senior leaders who are ineffective but politically connected--figure out how to stop "yo-yo" edits and actually follow through on something.


  11. Great benefits when things are running well, very little training.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, great vision from upper management, great support from upper management.

    Cons

    Mid-level managers are inept and have been placed in their position, no job specific training at all, ran on tribal knowledge at the mid-level.

    Advice to Management

    Provide MUCH needed coaching and training to mid-level managers.



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