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BHP Billiton Reviews

Updated October 19, 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. "Good Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Good environment to work. Good work culture.

    Cons

    different divisions in the Company need to co ordinate more effectively in resolving IT issues


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Former Employee of BHP"

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    Former Employee - Engineerging Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineerging Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Charter Values, BHP really try to met each and everyone. Comfortable working environment, great benefits.

    Cons

    No consistency in workflow processes. Changes are implemented too frequently and causes delays in completing assignments in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    Thanks so much for being great leaders and building a great organization to work for.


  4. "My personal experience at BHP"

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    Former Employee - Vendor Payments Administrator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Vendor Payments Administrator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, high integrity co workers, amazing food, yearly raises, flexibility in hours, great team, understanding supervisors

    Cons

    Job security is dependent on oil industry and things are constantly changing without warning


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Perhaps you would have better luck at another company"

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    Current Employee - Geoscientist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geoscientist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary. Great benefits, pretty good comradery amount the individual contributors but this is due to being constantly assaulted by managements yes man culture.

    Cons

    Open plan work environment. No career development. Only way to move to new roles is through formal interview process. These new roles are only posted when a business unit needs someone "to hit the ground running". If you are not on the hipot list you have no hope of advancement. Senior managers are extremely arrogant and inflexible even though the majority of them have no track record of success.

    Advice to Management

    The turn around is coming. Perhaps it is best if you do not tell your people "if you do not agree with our methods and culture, perhaps you would have better luck at another company"


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Joint Venture Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and bonus structure is very good. Also the benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    They work you like crazy and it never lets up. Moral is always low and turnover extremely high. Over 20%

    Advice to Management

    Just treat people with respect and they won't mind working all the time.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Human Resources"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits were top tier! This is a large organization with many good programs to take advantage of...

    The key to success at BHP is relationship building. Technical skill nor aptitude rarely plays a role in selection at this organization.

    Cons

    There is no clear direction from management. Many instances of favoritism. Top talent is rarely recognized and mediocrity is frequently praised and promoted. I've never witnessed such gross incompetence at such high levels (and across so many functions/departments).

    Advice to Management

    The structure of BHP Billiton does't suit Shale operations.

    Resuscitate the BHP Billiton Charter Values.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "An evolving company, an evolving culture."

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, promotes work/life balance. Brand new building with updated technology and a variety of Collaboration spaces. The company benefits are amazing!!

    Cons

    The company is working hard to change the culture. Some are still having a hard time making the change.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Perpetual Change"

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    Current Employee - Discipline Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Discipline Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people, knowledgeable, most are willing to collaborate and don't have big egos.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities, lots of cronyism and favoritism. Processes too complicated and time-consuming for a company the size of BHP. Politics and gamesmanship are omnipresent. Coaches and mentors are rare. Dog-eat-dog environment. Knowledgeable and capable people are kept down. Recent intent to implement flexible work arrangements is not accepted by some senior managers who have literally said 'Don't talk about it.'

    Advice to Management

    Politics are holding this company back, too many egos. Mgmt does not know what the vast majority of its experienced hires are capable of doing, and is not able to leverage them effectively. Don't offer flexible work arrangements if the offer is not genuine and available to all employees. Positioning and timing of announcement of flexible arrangements in some groups may elevate EPS scores, and result in lower scores in other teams. If you trust your employees, then back it up with consistent messaging and actions and coach the managers who are downplaying it as an option.


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