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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • You will have your work life balance on top on high paid salaries (in 44 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are strong compared to peers (in 42 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 22 reviews)

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  1. "BHP"

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    Current Employee - Supply in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supply in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Too process driven.


  2. "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Some very wonderful people to work with. New and updated technology. Always busy. Try to support new graduates.

    Cons

    Inexperienced and closed minded leadership. Always busy dealing with same issues. Great workers don't stay. Promote loud, not competent, employees.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your people. If you can't do their job, you are in wrong place.

  3. "Lack of Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Company has made big strides in company culture and work/life balance. Pay and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Lack of cohesiveness between global and operational priorities. Overly complicated processes. Employees stretched way too thin. Leaders being promoted to the top are those who are agreeable and won't go against the grain.

    Advice to Management

    Petroleum can't operate efficiently within BHP operating model. Stand by commitment to transparency and vulnerability of leaders.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Technical employee evaluation"

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

    Pros

    Base salaries seem to be high. 9/80 work schedule. For those directly not in operations a good work life balance.

    Cons

    Newly implemented career framework greatly limits chances for non-manager's growth. Only way to advance is to apply and then be interviewed by a panel. Positions only open up if someone leaves a spot or the team grows. Promotions due to good technical performance alone do not exist anymore in the new system.

    Advice to Management

    Top management needs to become much more visible to everyday employees. The constant manager shuffling, org structure shakeups and HR initiative overloads has taken the focus off of finding economic petroleum resources.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    It is an easy place to start to work. No oversight

    Cons

    lack of experienced management makes it hard to grow.


  9. "Excellent contract"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Program Manager
    Current Contractor - Senior Program Manager
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good contract work, excellent salary.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership or program control. The organization functions like a group of independent contractors with individual goals rather than a team driving to one common goal.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership development and effective goal alignment.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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