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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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Pros
  • You will have your work life balance on top on high paid salaries (in 42 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are strong compared to peers (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • Some groups don't have the best work/life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Long hours, lots of changes simultaneously (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Not as bad as other places"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lou, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lou, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment, safety rewards, niche business, over 140 years in existance

    Cons

    High turnover among associates and management

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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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

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Location, Flexible Fridays

    Cons

    Management is terrible. From my first week on the job, I knew I made a terrible mistake. They have leaders in positions who do not know how to lead. They seem to keep ineffective employees while getting rid of ones who actually do work.

    The performance evaluation review is a joke. The call it a conversation but its very one-sided and no accountability from management, to be honest during all reviews during the year. I found myself going into the end of year review blindsided and when I went to HR to discuss my frustration, they said there was nothing I could do about it.

     BHP fundamentally does not understand how to run oil and gas division. They are an accident waiting to happen. There process review session is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Choose managers wisely. Learn how to value your employees. You will get better work product when people feel valued.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company -"

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Regulatory Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, atmosphere, growth potential, location.

    Cons

    Large company, although leadership and executive management have the best intentions, they don't understand how detrimental a bad manager or weak link in an individual department can be in regards to performance productivity and employee tenure. Department head managers have low accountability as far as how happy their individual employees are with their career and purpose. The company puts more stock in the skills of their managers and that crucial role, than in their ability to lead their own departments. It takes forever to get hired, and just as long to get fired.

    Advice to Management

    If a manager has multiple complaints against them, investigate immediately and follow up seriously. It's only hurting your culture and bottom dollar to have tension and unhappy assets, even at the bottom rung of the ladder. I loved working for BHP Billiton itself, would actually like to return in the same genre. However, felt that I had no choice but to leave the first time around because of the hostile work environment. The more I took on, the less others were expected to. The managers knowledge and legal expertise seemed to be coveted moreso than fair treatment of individuals, balanced work distribution, or as he called us "paperpushers". After multiple discussions with upper management, and no resolution, it was time to go. Pride wins in the end.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A Company who Cares about their employees"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Business in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company who practices what they preach. Safety is number one. Pay and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    The company is consistently moving employees around the world, and those employees tend to be protected from reductions which puts local employees who might be better at the job at risk so the company can protect its investment.


  6. "Interview for Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It seems like a growing company but with a lot of obstacles. Advertises for new positions.

    Cons

    Terrible Recruiting department. They are slow, disorganized and are bad in following up.

    Advice to Management

    Look into revamping your recruiting department. They do not seem to have a clue how to select candidates. Several good candidates are passed on and they have selected really bad ones. The selection criteria needs to be looked into.


  7. "Navajo Mine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Fruitland, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Upper Fruitland, NM
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay. It was a union shop so everything was according to seniority. Things just seemed to work like you would imagine in a union shop; nice working conditions, and good pay scale.

    Cons

    It has all the downsides that come with working in a union shop; everything was decided by seniority and not by what was actually the best idea.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to force their managers to learn Navajo. The majority of the operators speak navajo and for all intents and purposes you are on foreign land.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I've worked in 3 onshore shale assets, both midstream and upstream, over the course of 6 years."

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, bonus, and benefits are generous. There are opportunities for a lot of responsibility early in your career. Managers I've worked for have been very supportive to their employees and respect their time away from work.

    Cons

    International opportunities are extremely limited, and moves between onshore and offshore assets are somewhat rare. As a large company, work processes and red tape can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on developing talent to prepare the company to exploit more offshore opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "review of bhp billiton in houston texas"

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    Current Employee - Process Safety Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Safety Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High energy environment, good pay, great benefits

    Cons

    Corporate culture and management is dominated by non-US personnel


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