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"...All the Little Children"

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Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Geologist in Houston, TX

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

Pros

Benefits are good. Pay seems to be above average. Some small incentives. Very easy to do nothing; great place for people who want to hang out and get a paycheck. Freedom in geosciences to collaborate and research with almost any group.

Cons

9/80 work week is touted, but not everyone can take advantage of it fully.

Prepare for almost continual decrees of change from upper management. Company is trying to “do it all” operating its onshore shale assets, but needs to let go and save face before they self-destruct. “Culture” is handed down like a lead pipe from greybeards from Australia. Common for management to treat employees like a child; lots of unnecessary hand-holding.

Ingratiating yourself upon middle management a must for recognition and advancement. Career progression and opportunities are proffered and available, but almost impossible to get. Lots of turnover and attrition. About as close to government job bureaucracy as one could find in the private sector. The company has often and openly compared its own environment to that of “Calcutta in summer” – think about it.

Almost medieval segregation between techs/admins and geoscientists. Subsidized lunches are similar to food one might receive in a concentration camp.

Advice to Management

Don’t try to pretend that because you’ve done well in offshore you can run an unconventional business. If you can’t compromise on your high and mighty Australian ethics then let someone else operate your onshore. At the least, let your employees with shale experience lose to get things done.

Other Employee Reviews for BHP Billiton

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging, Rewarding, Draining...."

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced dynamic environment with no shortage of opportunities for early to mid career professionals. Compensation seems fair or better, and I do believe middle and upper management care about their people.

    Cons

    An immature organization who has grown quickly and the dust is stil settling. Lack of focus on top priorities. Too many initiatives, not enough people. No resource management takes place and there is a lot of talk about work life balance, but at the end of the day you have work you have to get done. Do not expect a 40 hour or a 45 hour work week will be sufficient. 9/80's are offered but seems that on average you can only take about half of your 9/80's as there is too much work to be done. Significant organizational structure changes in regular 6 month intervals.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge your resource constraints and reduce your initiatives to only top priorities or you will continue to lose good people. Also consider KPI's that promote success cross functionally rather than only within your organizational group


  2. Helpful (9)

    "It was a good company butt it is falling apart."

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    The culture is terrible. When I was hired a few years back the culture was great, but as BHP Billiton takes more of an iron fist with every aspect of the business the culture has disappeared. They treat the majority of the employees like numbers and all the red tape takes so much time it makes it very difficult to do the job. Almost every department is under staffed with the exception of the short range planning which has an over abundance of employees. Many of the departments are experiencing high turn over rates and management seems to be doing nothing about it. Special perks are only given to a select few departments.
    The company only seems to work in silos and there is very little collaboration, which leads to ineffective use of talent.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees equally. It takes more than one department to run a company. The new CEO wants the culture to change. Hopefully he is effective at this.

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