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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, fantastic people to work with (in 34 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment, promotes work/life balance (in 30 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 20 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, honest vision, lacking in execution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits.
    Nice location close to Gallaria.
    New office coming.

    Cons

    Treated many employees poorly during the layoffs.
    Diversity policy has resulted in promoting people, when better candidates exist.
    Not safe to tell the truth.
    Heavy burocracy.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Big Company - Small Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (7)

    "Look and Think Before You Jump"

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


  7. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good for experienced professionals

    Cons

    Dint find any cons as such.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good pay poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, 9-80 schedule, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management.
    No work-life balance.
    Management was unsure of how to run shale plays.
    Lack of organization.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Says one and does another"

    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
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  11. 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.



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