Hecla Mining Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2020

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Hecla Mining CEO, President, and Director Phillips S. Baker Jr. (no image)
Phillips S. Baker Jr.
10 Ratings
  1. "Good"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hecla Mining full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Culture: cares about employees & community, compensation: among the best in the area and great retirement

    Cons

    Metals prices are very volatile

  2. "Solid mining company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hecla Mining full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good, safe working environment. Pay and benefits exceed industry standards, especially in the locations where they have mining operations. Positive employee relations. Stable employment opportunity. One of best US mining companies.

    Cons

    Mining industry can be volatile in terms of metal and mineral prices.

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  3. "Horrible Management"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hecla Mining

    Pros

    Co-workers are amazing. Fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Poor management. Long days. Low pay compared to other local mines.

  4. "Technical Services"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hecla Mining full-time

    Pros

    Work environment, good people, good company culture

    Cons

    Long hours, endurance test, investment in people’s training is inadequate

  5. "Worst management I've ever seen"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Control in Mullan, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hecla Mining full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, great schedule, awesome benefits.

    Cons

    There was a problem between my boss and other departments. I did everything I was instructed, and got daily "great job" . Then I was let go with no reason. They fired my boss as well. Instead of moving me under someone else, or reorganization of management, they just opted to let me go. I loved the position, and the mine. Most people there were nice, although some of the "good ol boy/girl" crowd didn't much approve of me. They moved my family and I here, and 4 months into the job I am screwed. I don't think pissed off quite covers how I feel about them.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "At your own risk"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Geologist in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hecla Mining full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, some staff, and the CdA office.

    Cons

    I will say that mining as a whole tends to be a misunderstood profession. Unfortunately, I don’t think Hecla has enough people in leadership positions who understand what it means to lead, not just with people but in an intelligent and innovative way. Their answer to anything was, “Well, it’s always been done that way.” If you question anything or anyone in management prepare yourself for the consequences because you will receive blowback. The company as a whole has a very traditional/conservative “good ol’ boys club” mentality, and I get the feeling they like it that way. Is it a shocker that almost everyone at their Corporate level of management is a middle aged white man? I was in the position of seeing unsavory interactions between supervisor and subordinate in various mining departments and let’s just say the supervisor always won. Always. To this day I’m not sure if people just were oblivious to it or if they just didn’t want to see it, because they were warned. Multiple times by multiple people. After a certain point you just gave up. Of course, the fact that there were positions in departments that had a terrible churn issue was apparently of no concern to them either. I have a sneaking suspicion that the reason nothing was done was to cement / further certain people’s careers; which just makes the whole thing worse. The sad thing is, sometimes nice people got promoted then drank a little too much of the koolaid and got a little too big for their britches. They seem to suffer under the impression that if you’re technically proficient at your job it means you’ll understand how to lead. Sadly, this is not the case. Certain people at certain levels were protected to the detriment of others, plain and simple. Proceed with caution.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to gain experience"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Juneau, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hecla Mining full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Starting Salary. Friendly atmosphere. Good experience Available for entry level professional employees. Likes to promote from within.

    Cons

    You stay at your entry level job for a while until you get on a "track" to management that for some never comes. Strategy is to attract with decent salaries and not give raises unless you are promoted. It's a small company that likes to run lean.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not as good as it used to be."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hecla Mining full-time

    Pros

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting lifelong friends here. Juneau is an amazing place to live if you can handle the weather. Benefits were decent.

    Cons

    We lost a lot of great people (some of whom retired) and I don’t think the loss of quality people has stopped since. Obviously some things are department-dependent but for me, my dept. had some serious management issues. I’m not sure who is doing the promoting but they need to take a hard look at who actually has the ability to manage a team without resorting to bullying, egotistical driven behaviors and passive-aggressive “high school” attitudes. Part of being a manager is understanding how to motivate, lead and have your team’s back. If you can’t handle confrontation effectively then you probably shouldn’t be a manager. A company can’t work the way it should unless you have the right people in the right positions to make it happen. Successes wouldn’t be there without people who makes the mine run every day, so it behooves you to put your people first, not senior management or board members.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Hecla"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hecla Mining part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay and great area to live.

    Cons

    You happiness while working here depends on who your manager. There are some good ones but few and far between.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ok"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Hecla Mining full-time

    Pros

    Learn the different mining styles and underground jobs.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care for employees

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