Barrick Gold - Good pay and benefits, bad everything else | Glassdoor
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"Good pay and benefits, bad everything else"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Good pay and good benefits, all employees were helpful when someone was in need, good level of communication from management,

Cons

The level of drama within the office is highly distracting, too much micro-managing, almost nothing runs to schedule, IT issues took a long time to resolve

Advice to Management

Please stop micromanaging your workers. It slows everything down and raises a lot of hostility. Let people do their jobs without management breathing down their necks.

Other Employee Reviews for Barrick Gold

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    "The appeal of Gold"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I found the company pays quite well and most of the employees recognized and appreciated this.
    A lot of international exposure for the Head Office employees.
    Great company to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Highly political environment at the head office due to Barrick's weird corporate structure with a large head office and large regional offices.
    Work life balance is way off in some departments
    Some roles have too much travel involved.

    Advice to Management

    Steps need to be taken to change the 'me' culture at the head office. Too often the loudest voice wins rather than the correct voice.


  2. "Good people, good intentions, remote leadership"

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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.

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