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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated April 27, 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 (2)

    "HRIS Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Good company, confusing strategy/direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Excellent facilities - subsidized lunches, modern offices, free (but small) gym
    Galleria location

    Cons

    Shrinking company - selling off assets and operations in others at a standstill
    Moving support work out of first world countries into second/third world countries
    Lots of talk about supporting "speaking up" - but those who did were largely later let go during downturns
    Lack of success at exploration means future growth options are limited
    Distinct possibility that Petroleum business is sold off or spun off in the next few years

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring investment bankers as your CFO and key positions. Don't over promote said CFO's friends and contacts into senior positions when they neither have the background or gravitas to pull off the role/responsibilities. You can't sell everything and remain a viable business.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, honest vision, lacking in execution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Big Company - Small Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Says one and does another"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    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)

    "Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Farmington, NM
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Farmington, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very stable in terms of sustaining viability in a struggling market due to its size and conservative nature: large assets of key commodities. A safe place to work, in all meanings of the word.

    Cons

    At the same time, overloaded by the nature of the large structure. While powerful by nature of being a multi-national, the organizations agility in a struggling commodities market is found lacking in comparison.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "It was an amazing place to be at, but bad investments and poor planning have caused some serious pains"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, incredible benefits and salary. The current C-suite team are forward thinkers and better than the last executive team. Colleagues are great and one can avoid the bureaucracy for a long while building a career here. BHPB is truly a marketing company that happens to be in the mining/oil and gas industries and cares about its image and the areas it works.

    Cons

    Majority of middle management is disconnected and only prefer to manage above than below. The management group cover the full spectrum of either great or bad. Uncommitted or overbearing. I'd say professionalism is a strong trait, but only on the senior manager and above group. It's unlikely to join the management track in the next few years due to market issues. This is a place that says that they want superstars, but they really want automatons. BHPB is truly a marketing company that engages in mining/oil and gas industries and is willing to spend fortunes to make their presence known and sometimes without regard to financial prudence or awareness to market occurences.

    Advice to Management

    The company structure is far too top heavy, incredibly slow to react, and willing to spend millions to save dollars. Stop retaining old regiment managers and supervisors that are far more expensive and not capable of doing the job of their employees.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Company losing its way; lost what made it special"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay is great - too high to easily leave
    Benefits are great - some gaps and co-pays and insurance premiums up significantly in past three years
    Retirement - very good

    Cons

    Management doesn't live their "Charter Values"
    Say one thing to comfort staff, then have had four layoffs in two years - every time was the "last"
    Performance reviews not worth anything - no rating given, nothing to point to years later to show the value you've added
    Bonus being diluted into a Darwinian scramble for a fixed pool of money -- you only gain if you peers lose

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the outstanding, employee-focused company you were five years ago. You've lost your edge and the thing that made you stand out from the crowd in Houston. Now you are acting just like any other faceless corporation, not the special Australian company you were.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Mediocrity at its best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great and Benefits. Nice location in the Galleria

    Cons

    They talk the walk but do not walk the talk ( talk so much about step up but really will not tolerate the dynamics of a true step up culture)
    Age discrimination. Imagine a V/P using words like ‘young and dynamic’, ‘fresh blood’ in public forum? It all boils down to the desire to have ‘yes’ people in your organization.
    Managers and SLT are chosen not because of their competence but for their subservience
    No long term strategy; flavor of the month syndrome
    Extremely dangerous to speak up. You will be encouraged to speak up and then flogged for it
    Using diversity to pull in unqualified people into leadership roles thereby undermining the position and doing the promotes no favors
    Every leader tries to undo everything his/her predecessor had done before thereby causing more chaos and lack of continuity
    Promotions and salary raises are all at the whim of the managers (which is based on friendship/carpool cliques)

    Advice to Management

    The shareholders need to determine if they are trying to run a business or a social experiment.
    Petroleum should stop comparing itself to ExxonMobil and other supermajors. The truth is Bhp Billiton Petroleum is a small independent oil company trapped in the jaws of a mining giant. Focus on your peers (Southwestern, Chesapeake. Apache) and strive to be better than them.
    Talking about mining, in order for Petroleum to be successful, it needs to be autonomous/seperate from the mining aspect ( we drill for oil and dig for mining – they have different approaches to exploiting natural resources and anyone thinking they are the same is just fooling him/herself)
    The idea of governing the functions from Singapore or KL is a huge mistake. You need functions who understand the industry they operate in and are fully embedded. Not too late to reverse it.
    Avoid a mantra based organization. The fact that a CEO mentioned a word in passing does not mean you start singing it until everyone is blue in the face. Everyone can have their approach provided they operate within the core values (strictly).
    Leverage the good things other companies are doing. Don’t assume you are always at the trailblazer end of the maturity curve. The fact that you think so means you are not.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Geologist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    More stable bigger company. Tons of conventional and unconventional assets.

    Cons

    Less intimate, bigger corporate feel.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, care about their happiness.


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