I worked at Barrick Gold full-time (More than 8 years)
The Mining industry is tough. The hours are long, mining sometimes means being bused 1-2 hours each way to the mine site and work life balance is hard. Most people in the Nevada mining industry understand this, however the way a particular mining company treats its employees can make all the difference. In my experience in the time I worked for Barrick Cortez, they genuinely cared about their employees. They paid well and treated there employees with respect. They have a proactive safety culture and encouraged employee participation. Overall the experience was positive and rewarding.
Mining can be a dangerous occupation by nature. Long hours, work site is not always close to where employees live. Work life balance is difficult.
Advice to Management
Keep listening to your people and stay engaged with the culture.
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Barrick Gold (Elko, NV) in February 2017.
Casual yet formal phone interview with a panel of professionals. It lasted about 45 minutes, then switched to HR to get some formalities in terms of next steps etc.