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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  • 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 (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.


  2. "Good company to work for"

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    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.


  3. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great 401k benefits, great pay

    Cons

    Managers didn't know their employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with the right heart but seems to be losing direction in recent years."

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    Former Employee - Finance in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Finance in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work life balance (depending on your function/business unit), competitive pay package, decent folks.

    Cons

    Advancement up seems to be more of who you know, middle management seems to be clueless and lacking in direction most of the time, too much restructuring and bad change management resulted in really low morale, lots of good people left the firm and leaving behind mediocre people.

    Advice to Management

    Retain the right people in the right roles. Focus on people who deliver sustainable positive results rather than those who are only good at managing up.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "HRIS Analyst"

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    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location and benefits are first class

    Cons

    Favoritism, lots of who you know, and who likes you


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, honest vision, lacking in execution"

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    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay
    Benefits
    Great people on average (ground floor to C-level)

    Cons

    Inefficient
    Insecure mid-level members of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Focus on areas of the business that don't directly (emphasize "directly") have a cash benefit I.e. Productivity - spending less time on routine, mindless tasks.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Big Company - Small Leadership"

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    Former Employee - HSE in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HSE in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, high salaries and friendly environment

    Cons

    Too many politics for such a large company. Management has no direction and career ladders DO NOT exist despite their claims that they do.

    Advice to Management

    Have the courage to lead


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Global organization and good compensation

    Cons

    Minimal work life balance
    Well articulated corporate values but not well applied

    Advice to Management

    Fragmented organization


  10. "Good Pay"

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    Current Employee - Category Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Good People

    Cons

    Big company with many unnecessary processes, lack of growth potential, often kept in the dark

    Advice to Management

    Increase Transparency


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Not the worst place to work, but also not a great place."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work schedule, $5 lunches

    Cons

    Stressful work environment, too many departments & groups, do not adhere to their own Charter Values, too many office politics, lots of big egos, career ladder is a joke, no room for advancing career unless you are friends with the right person.

    Advice to Management

    Actually follow the Charter Values.


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