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"Good people, good intentions, remote leadership"

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  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Underground Geologist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
Current Employee - Underground Geologist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Partners included on health care plan, with the turn-over so high if you show any aptitude you will soon be trained up in things that would have taken you years before you would have got a crack at doing them elsewhere. Hence Barrick seems to be a good training ground. But with the Gen Y coming through they want to be paid top dollar from the start so there is higher turn over. Which is a shame because given the chance Barrick seemed to look after it's people and train them up. I got put through numerous training coarses while with them and the mid level on site were great with the best intentions.

Cons

Not flexible enough to compete in Australia in a highly competitive market. Always playing catch up with people getting poached by more aggressive competitors. The turnover onsite was horrendous and people were always being stretched to do work that was above there station at that time. With a couple of months of being underground I was considered senior enough to start showing people the ropes. In an boom economy it seemed that the management had their head in the sand and didn't want to step up to compete with other players, this from the worlds largest gold producer! It created a negative atmosphere. People wanted to stay as to not let their mates down but Management didn't seem to give a toss.

Advice to Management

You can't manage Australian gold mines from Canada your out of touch with the market here and always three months behind the play.

Other Employee Reviews for Barrick Gold

  1. "Dissatisfied at Barrick"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Level Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Middle Level Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gold mining is currently a high growth industry and all gold minin companies are enjoying tremendous growth. Barrick is also growingby leaps and bounds and is hiring large numbers of people. With high turnover especially for staff with mining expertise, the compensation levels are improving significantly.

    Cons

    You need to have a very thick skin to work for an employer who pollutes the earth as part of it's core business and is hated by all environmentalists and locals where it has it's mines. It is a cyclical industry with sharp upturns and downturns.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to promote from within and stop ignoring employees who are not well connected.


  2. "Open pit projects mining engineer intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Elko, NV
    Former Intern - Intern in Elko, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barrick Gold as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Allowed to work with multiple departments and get a well rounded experience. Help was always offered and given by multiple professionals.

    Cons

    Elko is a very hot and dry place. If you're not into hot weather i would not recommend going there.

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