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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Great pay and benefits, fantastic people to work with (in 39 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment, promotes work/life balance (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Great Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - In A Manager Level Region Support Role in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - In A Manager Level Region Support Role in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Culture. Leaders here walk the talk. Rare in the Oil space!
    Very flexible working. Great for females.
    Pays above market rate.
    Possible the best office space in Houston. Think Silicon Valley cool but even better!

    Cons

    Headquartered in Australia so you may have night calls if based in the U.S.
    Although the incredible flexible working culture more than makes up for it.


  2. "Finance Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible working arrangements are available.

    Cons

    The downside is that the company has a strong focus on promoting individuals in the graduate program.

    Advice to Management

    Allow HR to select applicants qualified for internal positions to interview with managers. This would eliminate favoritism seen by management.


  3. "Great pay but"

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    Current Employee - Completions Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Completions Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, good work life / balance

    Cons

    Not a meritocracy and a lot of politics. Many people were successful due to being friends with the boss. Not enough checks and balances. Many managers had complete say on decisions that had huge impacts to the bottom line and were not held accountable for failure.

    Advice to Management

    Allow 360 feedback.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Management and culture needs improvement"

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

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. A lot of good people working there.

    Cons

    Culture is bad, starting from the top down. Management is more interested in presenting numbers instead of process improvement initiatives. So much time and resources are wasted presenting monthly data instead of detailing the steps needed to improve the underlying processes that effect the numbers and taking action on them.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to learn what your employees do. Learn the processes that are behind the data.


  6. "Former Employee of BHP"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineerging Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineerging Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Charter Values, BHP really try to met each and everyone. Comfortable working environment, great benefits.

    Cons

    No consistency in workflow processes. Changes are implemented too frequently and causes delays in completing assignments in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    Thanks so much for being great leaders and building a great organization to work for.


  7. "My personal experience at BHP"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vendor Payments Administrator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Vendor Payments Administrator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, high integrity co workers, amazing food, yearly raises, flexibility in hours, great team, understanding supervisors

    Cons

    Job security is dependent on oil industry and things are constantly changing without warning


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Perhaps you would have better luck at another company"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary. Great benefits, pretty good comradery amount the individual contributors but this is due to being constantly assaulted by managements yes man culture.

    Cons

    Open plan work environment. No career development. Only way to move to new roles is through formal interview process. These new roles are only posted when a business unit needs someone "to hit the ground running". If you are not on the hipot list you have no hope of advancement. Senior managers are extremely arrogant and inflexible even though the majority of them have no track record of success.

    Advice to Management

    The turn around is coming. Perhaps it is best if you do not tell your people "if you do not agree with our methods and culture, perhaps you would have better luck at another company"


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Joint Venture Analyst"

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

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay and bonus structure is very good. Also the benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    They work you like crazy and it never lets up. Moral is always low and turnover extremely high. Over 20%

    Advice to Management

    Just treat people with respect and they won't mind working all the time.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Human Resources"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits were top tier! This is a large organization with many good programs to take advantage of...

    The key to success at BHP is relationship building. Technical skill nor aptitude rarely plays a role in selection at this organization.

    Cons

    There is no clear direction from management. Many instances of favoritism. Top talent is rarely recognized and mediocrity is frequently praised and promoted. I've never witnessed such gross incompetence at such high levels (and across so many functions/departments).

    Advice to Management

    The structure of BHP Billiton does't suit Shale operations.

    Resuscitate the BHP Billiton Charter Values.


  11. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Farmington, NM
    Former Employee - Manager in Farmington, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, global opportunities and an excellent CEO (Australia) who seems to really care about the company's employees reaching out to them with regularity.

    Cons

    Leader, Shawn Goeckner, of BHP BIlliton's Navajo Mine (coal) operation is among the worst managers ever experienced. He is superficial and passive aggressive who caters to kiss ups. He has no interest in listening to members of his team unless they are among his obsequious minions. It is his way only EVEN if detrimental to the business or the welfare of employees. His poor leadership was widely recognized (and discussed) by his team as he was considered the most insincere, dysfunctional and insecure manager ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    BHP Billiton should remove this person from any leadership role.


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