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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated January 19, 2019
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Pros
  • "The Flexible Work Policy offers great work life balance for the employees" (in 56 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)

  • "Long hours for project delivery often tipped the scales on the work-life balance in favor of the company" (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (8)

    "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.

  3. "Production Superintendent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and strong co-workers

    Cons

    There was no intentional career development.


  4. "BHP"

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    High starting salary and bonus.

    Cons

    There are a lack of growth opportunities.


  5. "Environmental specialist"

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    Former Employee - Principal Environmental Scientist in Searcy, AR
    Former Employee - Principal Environmental Scientist in Searcy, AR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits package

    Cons

    lack of communication from top


  6. Helpful (3)

    "HSE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Salary + bonus, benefits, treat employees very well, flex work!, professional development opportunities are there, all you have to do is ask and they'll support it, very safety conscious

    Cons

    Open office plan is horribly counter productive. The company has existed a long time but is constantly "reorganizing" so its a very unstable job. To exist long term at BHP you had better be willing to relocate internationally. Mining sector seems the most stable. Lots of people placed in middle management that aren't cut out for it. You can't get promoted in your existing role based on performance anymore. You can only apply for a completely new job in order to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Abandon the open office concept. Most of us hate it, even with the fancy buildings. Promotion opportunities policy needs to be reevaluated.


  7. "Manager Supply Chain"

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

    Pros

    Great company, benefits and culture

    Cons

    Large company and easy to get overlooked if you don’t manage your career

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within the region instead of bring in resources

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (10)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "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 :)