Xstrata Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
10 Reviews
4.1
10 Reviews
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Xstrata Chairman Willy R. Strothotte
Willy R. Strothotte
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  1.  

    Consultant

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Antofagasta (Chile)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Antofagasta (Chile)

    I worked at Xstrata as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent place to work on. very professional staff on the finance and accounting teams. Great place in terms of benefits and very oriented on employee's security.

    Cons

    Complex and distributed processes across the world. Not big deal when working on site but having to perform a lot of back and forth on the comm while working abroad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Can be fantastic but very dependent on business unit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Xstrata full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    compensation at market rates but can be better.
    some business units have spectacular management.
    for early career, room to grow and develop.
    large organization with great success.

    Cons

    some business units mired in politics, hierarchy, and self-serving managers.
    once you are successful in a role, it is difficult to progress beyond.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people and work environment - hopefully the Glencore takeover won't change this too much

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Xstrata full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company valued its people and treated them well
    Pay and benefits
    work was varied and challenging
    Young company - dynamic

    Cons

    As the company got bigger and older, more systems and processes put in place which slowed decision making and innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain the Xstrata management style in the merged company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    BI Finance

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    Current Employee - Finance  in  Mount Isa (Australia)
    Current Employee - Finance in Mount Isa (Australia)

    I have been working at Xstrata full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Young company, with a lot of talent and good business strategy compare to other mining companies in the region

    Cons

    havn't found anything negative yet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the gud job

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Metallurgist  in  Timmins, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Metallurgist in Timmins, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Xstrata as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great place to learn things; a lot of traing; a high consciousness in safety

    Cons

    Timmins is not fun place to stay in.
    The factory is pretty dirty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful place to work, Great job

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Mount Isa (Australia)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Mount Isa (Australia)

    I have been working at Xstrata full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Experience and Pay is Good

    Cons

    The Remote Location and Long Hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    enjoyable and supportive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Survey Technician  in  Mount Isa (Australia)
    Current Employee - Survey Technician in Mount Isa (Australia)

    I have been working at Xstrata full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and a lot of challenges, helping you to learn faster with a lot of room for potential career advances

    Cons

    Remote living conditions and long shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To take a little more notice of the people at ground level and offer small reward and take better steps to retaining staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great company for new engineers

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    Current Employee - Metallurgist
    Current Employee - Metallurgist

    I have been working at Xstrata full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -good pay and benefits
    -lots of training opportunity and career development
    -opportunities to work internationally

    Cons

    -need to reapply to positions when transferring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good job! Believe there could be more communication from the different business units

  10.  

    Overall, not too bad of an employer but could use some improvement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xstrata

    Pros

    -Lots of professional development opportunities
    -Possibility of taking temporary placement at other international operations.
    -Pay and compensation are adequate for unionized employees

    Cons

    -Non-unionized groups (ie. exploration) do not have compensation or salaries which are on par with other companies in this industry.
    -Promotions tend to be based on seniority rather than merit or abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer incentives to employees who go above and beyond.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Slacker place to work due to union

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    Current Employee - Mine Laborer  in  Sudbury, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mine Laborer in Sudbury, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Xstrata

    Pros

    time off, and pension but dont know whats going to happen now

    Cons

    hard to excel due to strict seniority rule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rde of the union its making you loose money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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