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Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques
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  • "Work life balance can be challenging" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Long hours of work, no worklife - balance consideration" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent development, global company with interesting role opportunities
    Great people and benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging


  2. "Self serving GM’s and VP’s in HR. Taking two steps back."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great mining tech/safety/and field operations

    Cons

    People strategy is just lip service/Reverse discrimination/HR is ineffective. Mining Ops refers to HR as “heart removed”.

    Advice to Management

    Hold leaders accountable for leadership. Conduct Management 360 reviews and understand what your people really think about their leaders. You’ll have clarity and know what to do. Several high performers are charlatans who know how to manage up while ravaging employee morale.

  3. "Sourcing specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Have a good care about HSE and people, good work life balance, flexibility, friendly work environment

    Cons

    less growing opportunity, difficult to retain talents


  4. "Shovel operator"

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    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Draper, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The 4 day work week is nice. You have 4 days in a row then 4 days off.

    Cons

    Two weeks of days then you have to do two weeks of nights.


  5. "A matrixed mess"

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    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a diverse portfolio of assets that allows it to survive market downturns and recessions. It's the second biggest mining company in the world, so there's some stability there. Starting salaries are generally relatively high.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are limited and highly subject to nepotism. The mine site you work at could be sold off or shut down and Rio may not have a position for you at another site. The company may force you to relocate or resign. The biggest con of working for Rio is the multiple lines of reporting. You'll have to answer to more than one person and often those you report to are not on the same page, which causes unnecessary stress and wasted time. In some cases the managers who control a particular group's budget are not the same ones who own the accountability for that group's deliverables, which is a nightmare to deal with. I've been given new duties and a heavier workload without any change in job title or compensation. It's also common for a manager to be responsible for two or three functions even though they are only qualified to manage one of them. This company has supervisors with zero expertise in what they supervise.

    Advice to Management

    Managers must have expertise in the function they manage. Stop combining roles to save money because it leads to dysfunction and low morale. Simplify the organizational structure of the company to eliminate multiple chains of command. Give budget control to the same managers who own accountability. Promote from within more. Adapt to the times by allowing more flexible work arrangements such as telecommute days. Fill open positions. You shouldn't have hiring freezes while spending billions on stock buy-backs and paying out billions to shareholders.


  6. "RTK"

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

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Rio Tinto has a great safety program and does care about their employees.

    Cons

    Rio Tinto is a high stress environment and demands a lot of your time. It is really hard to find a work life balance working for Rio Tinto.


  7. "PCS Engineer - T&I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Unique Process in Heavy Mining Industry
    Competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Constrained labour market
    Opportunities are used to fulfil socio-economic targets

    Advice to Management

    Back to Business basics

  8. "Riotinto US Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Global Company with lots of initiatives
    Great benefits - 12% 401k matching

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth
    Always cash restricted
    Poor work culture


  9. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Walville, WA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Walville, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The professionalism and great atmosphere

    Cons

    Management pressure amongst other things

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, money is ok

    Cons

    No room to excel unless you willing to go under a desk


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