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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay and benefits are strong compared to peers (in 40 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedules and work-life balance make it a positive atmosphere (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Not worth the effort"

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

    I worked at BHP Billiton (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Base salary and benefits are the only reasons to stay here. Retirement contributions among the best anywhere

    Cons

    Arrogant attitudes persist throughout petroleum management, many poor decisions are made as a result of ignoring contributions of experienced staff who aren't legacy deepwater employees due to ego.
    Much of the drive for efficiency and continuous improvement has basically been undoing the costly mistakes and policy initiatives of previous management regimes despite management's continuous backslapping for doing themselves a great job.
    Little to no accountability for poor results or mistakes, everything is chalked up as learning experiences and responsible managers are just shuffled around. Many supervisors are inexperienced, ineffective or both as a result.
    Much time is wasted preparing and reworking presentations for management that end up being sanitized and mis-communicated or dismissed altogether.
    Not able to succeed at onshore work where being nimble and efficient is key, legacy policies and mentalities from deepwater still override common sense at times - slow and inefficient due to overriding risk-intolerant culture from corporate mining bosses.
    Career development is non existent, promotions are made irrespective of skill and talent and based on politicking, networking and ability to present yourself well and talk a good game, if you can tell everybody how good a job you did rather than actually do it yourself you are good. Despite the new policy of only being promoted through applying for posted positions it is still a political game.

    Advice to Management

    Take results of 360 degree survey results seriously and not just the annual EPS survey. Many problems are due to bad middle and upper management. There are many good skilled technical personnel here who are trapped in what they can or cannot do.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Perpetual Change"

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    Current Employee - Discipline Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Discipline Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people, knowledgeable, most are willing to collaborate and don't have big egos.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities, lots of cronyism and favoritism. Processes too complicated and time-consuming for a company the size of BHP. Politics and gamesmanship are omnipresent. Coaches and mentors are rare. Dog-eat-dog environment. Knowledgeable and capable people are kept down. Recent intent to implement flexible work arrangements is not accepted by some senior managers who have literally said 'Don't talk about it.'

    Advice to Management

    Politics are holding this company back, too many egos. Mgmt does not know what the vast majority of its experienced hires are capable of doing, and is not able to leverage them effectively. Don't offer flexible work arrangements if the offer is not genuine and available to all employees. Positioning and timing of announcement of flexible arrangements in some groups may elevate EPS scores, and result in lower scores in other teams. If you trust your employees, then back it up with consistent messaging and actions and coach the managers who are downplaying it as an option.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Male Dominated - No Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    salary, benefits, parking, offices are nice

    Cons

    Managers do not know their people. Very white-male dominated environment where smart women or minorities are not given a place. They make ignorant females supervisors if they dress and act sexy. Most of the experienced people, more than 40, were layoff so the workforce is made of very young, inexperience people ("yes sir" type of people). Therefore, the company lacks solid technical expertise and compass. It is a mess.

    Advice to Management

    HR should not put up with promoting the managers' girls and their buddies. HR should seriously investigate misbehavior, unethical actions and take serious actions to correct them.
    Put ethical, smart people on key positions. Not the same old, womanizer cronies.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "SENDING THE JOBS OVERSEAS"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Look and Think Before You Jump"

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    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


  6. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sr Joint Venture Analyst"

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    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

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Bridge to where you are going"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "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.


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