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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated March 18, 2019
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Pros
  • "They really care about their people, and make an effort to respect work life balance" (in 58 reviews)

  • "Top pay and benefits including flexible work" (in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is litteraly no work-life balance and peace would vanish from your life" (in 37 reviews)

  • "The need to put in long hours at the start in order to build your own business within the main business" (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Manager
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Inclusion & Diversity, Flex Work, Culture of Care

    Cons

    Scale in US is small, therefore difficult to move up.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "New organization"

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

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Just promoted 3 women into executive roles. Half the reports to the CEO are women. BHP appears to be making good progress on the diversity and gender equality fronts.

    Cons

    The capable, proactive, and smart women in the middle of the Petroleum organization were pushed to Shale, then flushed out of the company. The problem remains. Women are treated poorly. The male team leaders feel empowered to be jerks and blackball women, especially those with an opinion and don’t suck up. It’s still a Old Boys club, and where it’s progressed on diversity the men who are gay or from outside the US are the ones who get promoted. White and American are being phased out. BHP has abandoned gender equality and replaced it with gender visibility. It’s not the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO visited petroleum recently to get to the bottom of why his diversity numbers tanked. A good start, but Andrew won’t get the full picture unless he talks to the people who were pushed out. His remaining team is full of manipulative people.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Compensation, Staff highly qualified and Safety focus

    Cons

    Too many middle management and career advancement can be a challenge


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance, and compensation. Beautiful new office building. New gym that’s very clean and free for employees. Wonderful people.

    Cons

    Management decisions are questionable. Morale isn’t great due ton shale sale. They don’t treat employees equally/fairly, so if you’re not a “golden child”, it’s hard to move up or get the opportunity/compensation you deserve.


  5. "Company Review"

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    Current Employee - Planning Specialist in Victoria, TX
    Current Employee - Planning Specialist in Victoria, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work at.

    Cons

    They are getting out of the Eagledord Shale.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "BHP Billiton"

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employees can find good career development.

    Cons

    Doesn't get that employees are customers also.


  7. "Simply Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Contractor Resourcing Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Contractor Resourcing Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture, work schedule flexibility, perks, and career advancement opportunities. They really care about their people, and make an effort to respect work life balance.

    Cons

    Like any large company, change can be somewhat difficult or processes can be a bit convoluted. I don't think you can escape that, however, at a company the size of BHP.

    Advice to Management

    Hire me back now that oil is doing better!! Ha ha.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mining/Petroleum Company"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The combined compensation package is great.

    Cons

    High stress working environment created from the top.


  9. "Finance Manager"

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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 part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Development Opportunities, Company Values, Inclusion and Diversity

    Cons

    Scale of the company makes changes slower


  10. Helpful (10)

    "BHP Petroleum after the Shale exit"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Safety consciousness and great HSE initiatives
    - Very good compensation, benefits, and perks.
    - Great opportunities to do technical work and to get a fair amount of training
    - Work- life balance and all the flexibility you can think of.
    - Top-notch coworkers and lots of opportunities to learn from them.

    Cons

    - Company culture went downhill after the Shale exit: blatant favoritism, cronyism, unmerited promotions, dozens of BS jobs, too much unnecessary work, lots of disengaged managers, high attrition, etc. (This culture is supposed to enable the workforce to take BHP Petroleum to greater heights).
    - They are extremely preachy with inclusion and diversity (not the right way to do it) while they exhibit a fair amount of conscious biases in the way they hire and promote.
    - No growth opportunities; too many chiefs and people trying to maintain the status quo.
    - They offshore too many jobs (and they are open about it); some departments (globally structured) have so many obstacles to get work done.
    - Only one relevant asset is operated from Houston (declining). This is essentially a non-operated business.

    Advice to Management

    Lead.