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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated April 13, 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. Helpful (4)

    "Perhaps you would have better luck at another company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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"


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Human Resources"

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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (12)

    "Mediocrity at its best"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great and Benefits. Nice location in the Galleria

    Cons

    They talk the walk but do not walk the talk ( talk so much about step up but really will not tolerate the dynamics of a true step up culture)
    Age discrimination. Imagine a V/P using words like ‘young and dynamic’, ‘fresh blood’ in public forum? It all boils down to the desire to have ‘yes’ people in your organization.
    Managers and SLT are chosen not because of their competence but for their subservience
    No long term strategy; flavor of the month syndrome
    Extremely dangerous to speak up. You will be encouraged to speak up and then flogged for it
    Using diversity to pull in unqualified people into leadership roles thereby undermining the position and doing the promotes no favors
    Every leader tries to undo everything his/her predecessor had done before thereby causing more chaos and lack of continuity
    Promotions and salary raises are all at the whim of the managers (which is based on friendship/carpool cliques)

    Advice to Management

    The shareholders need to determine if they are trying to run a business or a social experiment.
    Petroleum should stop comparing itself to ExxonMobil and other supermajors. The truth is Bhp Billiton Petroleum is a small independent oil company trapped in the jaws of a mining giant. Focus on your peers (Southwestern, Chesapeake. Apache) and strive to be better than them.
    Talking about mining, in order for Petroleum to be successful, it needs to be autonomous/seperate from the mining aspect ( we drill for oil and dig for mining – they have different approaches to exploiting natural resources and anyone thinking they are the same is just fooling him/herself)
    The idea of governing the functions from Singapore or KL is a huge mistake. You need functions who understand the industry they operate in and are fully embedded. Not too late to reverse it.
    Avoid a mantra based organization. The fact that a CEO mentioned a word in passing does not mean you start singing it until everyone is blue in the face. Everyone can have their approach provided they operate within the core values (strictly).
    Leverage the good things other companies are doing. Don’t assume you are always at the trailblazer end of the maturity curve. The fact that you think so means you are not.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Frustrating work environment durring constant change"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist Category Management in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Specialist Category Management in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had good benefits. Decent supply grad program. I learned I had to brown nose a bit and moderately threaten to leave, in order to finally trigger a raise after years of hard work. I can dictate my boss's opinions on strategy because they are clueless.

    Cons

    Used to employ top quarter, now aspires to top half with a pay model that aligns with lower caliber talent. No direction and only moderate competence of senior mgmt (SLT). Tail wags dog.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting minorities and females just to meet a quota, hire most qualified. When younger employees apply to overseas interal job postings (Singapore), seriously consider them, instead of worrying about backfilling old role.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Finance Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits; good people to work with for the most part; location

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Employees have not voice at all. Management input is taking as the wholesome truth. Zero empowerment. No respect for the charter of values. Cut throat culture. HR is a joke. Highly subjective performance review system. Zero opportunities for advancement if you are not part of the right "club". Unclear vision. Disconnection across the businesses and priorities. Many mid-level managers that should not be managing people. No development plan of opportunities at all. Extreme arrogance from the leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Too late. This ship is sinking.


  7. "They only care about the numbers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice buildings to work in and they provide decent parrking

    Cons

    They refurbish extremely old computers and equipment and keep giving to the employees, they will not attempt to retain anyone.
    If you are there - everything may seem fine and then they are walking you out the door. I seen it happen to several people.

    Advice to Management

    Quit your job - you are the reason for this failure


  8. Helpful (16)

    "Shiny and appealing -- only on the outside!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Might be the best benefits in the city!
    A handful of stellar people, but fewer and fewer.
    A sparkling new tower!

    Cons

    A thoroughly miserable workplace. It is somewhat hard to believe how poisonous the culture is in Houston and how indifferent to this every succeeding wave of leaders (though that isn't what they are by a long shot) is. Year after year, I kept thinking it can't be this bad, I'm just not in the right group. People who succeed here have the skin of a triceratops or are truly despicable enough to figure out the programme and exploit it. As a business, the company has been resting on its laurels for a generation -- and it has been possible to do that because the extraction business can be enormously profitable. But don't be fooled by the spiffy new offices. This company is dying ever so slowly under a culture that is rotten at the core. Come, earn a fat paycheck while it lasts, learn a few things, and then be off to someplace that doesn't hate every bone in your body.

    Advice to Management

    Too long a list. Keep firing the terrible leaders. Hire proven organization builders and have them listen to the few pockets within BHPB that are working well. But your task is well nigh impossible after such a long, long time killing off any goodwill or talent. Seriously -- consider closing Houston altogether and rebuilding totally somewhere else. Sadly, Melbourne and the other centres simply aren't much better.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Potential to Return to Greatness"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Compensation, Learning, Cafeteria, Gym Subsidy

    Cons

    Divisive Culture, Inexperienced Mid-Level Management, HR reputation known throughout indistry

    Advice to Management

    360 peer review for all employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here unless you have no other choice"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Only the annual bonus structure.

    Cons

    Management is not honest and does not communicate forthright.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "I'm too old"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has really excellent benefits. They are also very active in the community and continually work on safety of its employees and those involved with the company.

    Cons

    Do not go to work there if you are over 35. They are very discriminatory towards older employees.

    Advice to Management

    Experienced employees add value to your company. Many of your problems are because of inexperienced managers.


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