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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated December 14, 2016
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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, fantastic people to work with (in 34 reviews)

  • Good work life balance (maybe too much) (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours for project delivery often tipped the scales on the work-life balance in favor of the company (in 37 reviews)

  • Long hours, lots of changes simultaneously (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "SENDING THE JOBS OVERSEAS"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Salary
    401K Match
    DC Pension Plan
    Location

    Cons

    Stressful
    Jobs being shipped overseas
    Forced to Rotate to position I did not want
    Too Much who you know and not what you know on who stays and who is promoted.
    No Common Sense on how they apply the simplify strategy to SAP. Created Chaos.

    Advice to Management

    Need to go back to old performance reviews which was objective instead of this subjective mess.
    Stop exporting American jobs overseas.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Look and Think Before You Jump"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are four pros. They are:
    High Salary
    Good Benefits. Health care premiums are a bit expensive.
    Discounted Lunches
    Free Gym

    Cons

    Very poor work/life balance with high stress
    Tons of non-productive work because middle mgnt is constantly trying to prove their "worth" or "value" to senior bosses. They get promoted thanks to your work and you are left behind.
    Confused culture environment. BHP Petroleum is largely American culture, while BHP Petroleum Marketing adheres to Singaporean and Dutch culture.
    Actively solicits employee feedback to weed out folks who won't fit the servile mold.
    Poor career growth prospects
    BHP throws people into the really deep-end and will expect you to swim to shore without a compass unscathed.

    For those looking at the Senior Oil Market Analyst - Market Analysis & Economics role, four key points to keep in mind. They are:
    - You have 3 bosses to report to. 2 in Houston and 1 in Singapore.
    - You will be expected to be know the oil and petroleum products markets inside and out regardless of your expertise. That means long hours of research to get answers for (at times silly) questions since existing data subscriptions will not be tailored for your role.
    - Most folks, including your immediate boss, in marketing will know just enough about the oil markets to appear knowledgeable.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the highlighted cons


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Says one and does another"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice Office Building and cafe on site

    Cons

    Doesn't walk the talk
    If you're in the click, you'll do well
    Does not comply with environmental regulations
    Pressures Supervisors to hide incidents
    Supervisors can't be trusted

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "Good Ole Boy" style and work with some ethics. Your Supervisors lie, cheat and steal and pressure their reports to do the same.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Sr Joint Venture Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Joint Venture Audit Analyst in Boerne, TX
    Former Employee - Joint Venture Audit Analyst in Boerne, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, subsidized company cafeteria

    Cons

    Bad management, Australians get favorable treatment

    Advice to Management

    Drop the diversity program


  6. "HSE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shreveport, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shreveport, LA

    I worked at BHP Billiton (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Biggest pro was compensation, second benefits.

    Cons

    Management is top heavy
    Layoffs handled poorly
    Personal vendettas


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Bridge to where you are going"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supply in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bonus structure, salaries are the best in the industry, top benefits

    Cons

    Do not get comfortable, learn while you can and if you are lucky

    Advice to Management

    People who work for you are your greatest asset.


  8. Helpful (14)

    "Finance Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Subsidized cafeteria

    Cons

    Terrible processes
    Poor Management
    Not living up to charter values

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people better. Recent layoffs have been handled extremely poorly with ineffective communication and letting go senior staff with high levels of expertise. BHP talks a great game but recently have not lived the cultures/values promoted or lived up to the charter values.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible place to stay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits including $5 lunch, flex 9/80 schedule, gym subsidy, etc.

    Cons

    Company is very top down approach. You are told to execute the plans without having the opportunity to ask why. The managers could be mean in certain departments. Young people here are trying everything to make their managers happy in order to get promoted without really wanting to learn things. The management sometimes bully the people reporting to them and ask the direct reports to do ridiculous things. In some departments the analyst work like their manager's secretary-bring the managers coffee, cake, and presentation papers; book their manager's flight and organize manager's birthday party. If you are willing to do that you will get promoted within quickly. It does not matter what you do, it is how you 'make the management happy' that matters. Really bad culture here.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "RIM"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great companies, people and pay. BHP have the ability to fight with the Big League!

    Cons

    No directions and MAJOR issues with working SAFE!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of people you deposit trash into your EDMS.....someday, someone will have a bad accident because of the documentation. Good Luck


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Wasted potential"

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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

    Pros

    Great benefits, trying to hard to change the macro management culture

    Cons

    Mining culture prevents the Petroleum business from adapting quickly to the current economic environment. Favoritism is rife and looking after one's own. Diversity council a Joke.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management not getting the senior management message.



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