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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated October 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "The Flexible Work Policy offers great work life balance for the employees" (in 52 reviews)

  • "pay and benefits, worldwide, ability to move around to different teams and basins" (in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, lots of changes simultaneously" (in 24 reviews)

  • "They didn't practice the charter values" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Decent place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    pay and benefits, worldwide, ability to move around to different teams and basins

    Cons

    lots of bureaucracy and red tape, rumors of backlash for speaking your mind


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Another blown reorganization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    New building, cafeteria, and workout facility.

    Cons

    Mismatch of abilities and skills in reorganization, ended up as a popularity contest. I&D agenda is coming apart. Lack of clarity on roles and accountabilities and extremely poor teamwork environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping horrible leaders and pushing good people out seems to be second nature. Highly arrogant senior leaders. They need to find oil. It’s been over a decade since the last big find, and they couldn’t run Shale.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Petroleum did it again..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. That's it.

    Cons

    Over the several years that I have been with BHP, I have never seen an organization with an ever-changing strategy that is so politically driven. Not just with the bureaucratic workflows and dealing with mining bosses in Australia with no oil and gas clue trying to direct things, but straight up buddy/buddy politics and bullying in the Houston office. Despite campaigns over the years regarding mental health, safe to speak up, and leading step up, nothing has changed in regards to individual contributors being pushed down while managers take all the credit. I have seen many colleagues being bullied by their managers and neither HR or two up management gave it the time of day. Performance system is ridiculous. For someone on the team to achieve a higher than usual bonus, someone has to achieve a lower than usual bonus. On a high functioning team this can be very demoralizing. Lots of bullies. Lots of big egos. But yet -- after Shenzi, what real progress has this organization achieved? $40 billion shale blunder and no meaningful conventional discoveries. But yet you listen to these managers and they talk like they are Jesus Christ reincarnated doing miracles. Reorg into the TSO (shale organization being sold) and CPO (future conventional organization) was done unfairly by a committee hand picked by the top picking their own personal favorites. The top looks almost the exact same. Same people that ran shale into the ground moved right on over. Virtually all mid to high level managers got kept. Mid level managers that haven't been an individual contributor for at least a decade are now individual contributors. And the individual contributors were either let go or placed in shale. Makes perfect sense. Same broken system. Hopefully BP will be a better company. It was quite entertaining to see the BP L48 CEO hold a town hall with the BHP Shale VP. It was so reassuring to listen to someone (BP CEO) who actually knows how to run an oil company instead of a charismatic puppet that feeds superficial garbage to the masses. And word on the street is the BHP VP is safe and sound too in the new organization after this $40 billion blunder....

    Advice to Management

    Australia big bosses: get rid of top level and mid level management in Petroleum. It's all politics and the same broken system. Hire people that actually know how to run an oil company. Listen to your individual contributors. It's not too late to hire some back :)


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Scientist in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were good.

    Cons

    BHP executives spoke the typical positive, reassuring corporate lingo for a whole year plus about about wanting to transform petroleum after getting rid of shale. So how do they actually achieve this in the end? They rearrange and shuffle the same management team (planners, team leads, managers, senior managers, VPs) that have overseen around a decade of no real game changing “moving the needle” oil discoveries. They then proceed to let go many individual contributors (non-management) that actually truly were producing meaningful work to get into potential oil plays. Makes sense.

    Advice to Management

    None, they know what they are doing, good luck.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Compensation. Top down commitment to safety and improving culture. Company works hard to have a safe to speak up environment and develop people leaders.

    Cons

    Flat organization and getting flatter. Organizational changes are often leaving personnel to spend a significant part of the year wondering if they are on the chopping block.


  6. "Leaving oil shale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    They will fire you in the worst way possible.

    Advice to Management

    Think about how you warn people, “we are going to lay you off next quarter. We are going to lay you off next month. We are going to lay you off next week.

    This week is the week.

    It will probably be tomorrow.

    Today is the day.

    You were spared.


  7. "Prod Eng"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance you have to make for yourself

    Cons

    layoffs are to often in this field

    Advice to Management

    You can learn from others

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    World Class pay & benefits

    Cons

    Company is consultant and intern driven. Functions fail to operate or communicate as a Whole

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clear chain of command for business units that will bring accountability and clarity to Functional Groups. Steer clear of social engineering


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Former Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people at BHP Petroleum are second to none. The leadership team is genuine and is managing the business as best they can given the lack of autonomy from the Corporate office. It was a great place to work and had a family atmosphere for most of my time there.

    Cons

    Mining company that is not fully committed to replacing reserves within the Petroleum division. Didn't manage the shale assets very well post acquisition.

    Andrew's social agenda of diversity has been "forced diversity" and a not-so-shining example of how NOT to go about it. Not appointing the best person for the job has been soul crushing and has lead to critical departures and weakened the teams at the leadership levels.

    Advice to Management

    Time for Andrew to go. His long-winded lectures have not added value. Kudos (pun intended) to the business for the Productivity gains that have been made over the past few years but it is time to reverse the shrinking asset base. BHP is still a natural resources company. Focus less on social agendas and more on gaining access to more resources.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "can't decide if it's an oil company or a miner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, very happy for people to work flexibly

    Cons

    Tries to act like a supermajor but it's really a small independent


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