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BHP Billiton Perth Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, fantastic people to work with (in 34 reviews)

  • Good work life balance (maybe too much) (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours for project delivery often tipped the scales on the work-life balance in favor of the company (in 37 reviews)

  • Long hours, lots of changes simultaneously (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "FIFO was difficult but an Excellent Company to work for..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    I worked with some really great people, my views were listened to and i feel respected. The Salary and conditions was fantastic.

    Cons

    FIFO was tough but I was fotrunite to be on a 5:2 & 4:3 roster which helped with family life. The tough Pilbara summers can be difficult on the body if your not prepared.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any strong advice to give to the senior management, Jimmy Wilson was the guy in charge when I was working there and he was a very good leader who communicated his vision for the business very well


  2. "A good company to work for, if you can jump through the right hoops without going crazy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are usually well looked after and I believe there really is a culture of safety before production. A solid outlook with production going full steam ahead.

    Cons

    So much red tape that it can be a painful experience to achieve anything.
    Constant restructures / org changes that catch employees by surprise


  3. "Good people"

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    Current Employee - Superintendent in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Superintendent in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company, lots of options to move around, lots of work but not highly pressured

    Cons

    Large company! Poor management communications. Lots of employers been around for a long time and stuck in their ways. Highly political at management levels

    Advice to Management

    List to the people you employ


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  5. "Satisfied"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Really Great place to work, really enjoyed. Only moved on to explore a couple of different opportunities in the industry

    Cons

    No cons really. Everything was pretty good about the place. Would work here again if the opportunity presented ifself. Salary was not really up to industry standards

    Advice to Management

    No issues here. They promoted a work life balance. Not sure what else really happened behind the scenes, but overall they made the place a good place to work


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not a smart learning organisation. Short term vision at expense of long term vision and wealth"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Most of their assets are in lowest cost quartile.
    2. When they stuff up they have deep pockets and cash flow to survive.
    3. Some outstanding technical and operating professionals.
    4. Pay is reasonable without being outstanding (unless you are on Exco then it is like winning lotto).

    Cons

    1. Don't really value their people, especially experience. Do not learn from past mistakes.
    2. Make the same big strategic mistakes over and over again (e.g. Ravensthorpe, HBI, sell down of Coal, poor maintenance investment [e.g. Samarco], sale of assets for little value)
    3. Get into areas they don't understand (e.g. Potash, downstream processing, Gas) and then have to write-down massively when the market turns.
    4. Senior management have a short term timeframe 3- 5 years, and operate accordingly.
    5. Have got rid of (or allowed to leave) key experienced people. Promoted people who don't understand the consequences of their actions and have failed to learn from past mistakes.
    6. Pay lip service to safety and don't understand how to change the poor associated culture.

    Advice to Management

    1. Take a longer term view
    2. Stick to markets you know and re-invest in those.
    3. Get back experienced people that have left.
    4. Be authentic on safety culture. It's not just a process; it is getting each employee to take personal responsibility/accountability and be 'fearful for their own safety" every minute of every day.
    5. Buy distressed quality mining assets/companies NOW that fit in with lowest cost quartile.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good company with some questionable leadership"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good career opportunities, salary, working conditions (CBD), in-house training as well as role specific external training if deemed value add allowed and they have a good values systems. Would I work for them again?? Most probably yes as I did associate with the companies values.

    Cons

    The only down side is that not all managers or leaders are appropriately skilled to lead, they may be very experienced wishing their technical area of knowledge but that does not make for a visionary leader. Currently McKinsey’s are holding the reigns and the company has a very aggressive unstable feel to it, I guess the continued retrenchments verify that.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and empower your own internal change agents, the transformation team is not what I am talking about (they are a long way off the mark in terms of what a change agent should operate as).
    Use HR more as a coaching and sponsorship function focusing on the development and retention of internal knowledge possibly in conjunction with the CoE.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Despite the salary, this is not a great company to work for..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    BHP pays really well. In many cases people are over paid for their efforts.

    Cons

    Self-serving management structure.
    Lack of genuine leadership at multiple levels.

    Advice to Management

    It's not about you.


  9. "Loader Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Loader Operator in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Loader Operator in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Safety orientated, large budgets, pay bonus.

    Cons

    Lack of even pay structure.

    Advice to Management

    A structured promotional/remuneration system required.


  10. "Area Project Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Significant improvement in work culture over the last 5 years.

    Cons

    Archaic mining mentality undermines innovation and creativity


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Specialist Process Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist Process Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Specialist Process Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large Organisation so lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Most of the opportunities are in leadership positions, not in technical roles.

    Advice to Management

    Need more career progression opportunities for technical staff



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