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Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques
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Pros
  • The proximity to a large city makes this one of the best locations in terms of work/life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Good benefits and great team work (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be challenging (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. "Excellent culture! Great employment opportunities!"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    There is huge potential for growth here. This is my 3rd year at Rio and i have seen my colleagues attain great career heights and fulfill their career goals.

    Cons

    The company has been downsizing lately but this approach was needed to ensure better service to its customers.


  2. "Sr. Specialist Process Consulting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly capable co-workers, respectful work environment, good compensation, including great benefits, retirement, employee stock purchase plans with company match, etc.

    Cons

    Typical of large companies, things move slow, including decisions. There are a lot of layers of management between the CEO and front-line employees. Highly matrixed organization, making it difficult, at times, to zero in on accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Organizational change is more sustainable when there is more engagement with employees and a more persuasive and convincing business case presented and syndicated across the organization.

  3. "Several years with the company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is an excellent place to get lots of exposure to the mining industry quickly. Multiple plants/sites (mine, concentrator, smelter, refinery, tailings, head office) are all within 20 miles of each other. The proximity to a large city makes this one of the best locations in terms of work/life balance.

    Cons

    As Rio Tinto is a very large organization, there is an abundance of private industry bureaucracy that affects day to day work. Inter-office politics tend to hamper efficiency and has contributed to several people leaving to work elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Following the Manefay slide, KUC has been in "emergency mode" for several years. The management is trying to steer us back to normal operation, keep at it!


  4. "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


  5. "Good Company but Management Needs More Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, 401k, lots of options for health insurance, pay,

    Cons

    No company wide events, applications and systems that an employee uses should be optimized or more functional, feeling of insecurity of being laid off

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more effectively to the team, not just by forwarding emails.


  6. "Safety First Means Employees First"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Partner in Boron, CA
    Current Employee - Recruitment Partner in Boron, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture focused on Safety and professionalism, smart people, incredible benefits and a great place to work.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be a bit dusty in the desert

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  7. "Culture is fantastic"

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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

    -Culture is fantastic - you love coming to work because of the great people!
    -A reputation for social and environmental responsibility

    Cons

    Constant changes can be a little challenging

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the Pace and Great Work. Continue a Relentless Focus on Making the Employees Happy

  8. "people"

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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 Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for global roles at local employment package

    Cons

    Employees are replaceable. Constant reorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the strategy. Do not be self absorbed


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding but stressful"

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    Former Employee - Utah in South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Utah in South Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Local management cares for employees and pay is good. Company matches 6 percent on 401k.

    Cons

    Higher management is in Australia and the UK. They take care of themselves, but send as many administrative positions as possible to India and Poland. They let you go and make you feel like a criminal. No regard for the person whose life has been turned upside down.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up to your superiors and stick up for the employees you supervise. Stop laying off people just before retirement age. Treating all people with respect, will make them want to go to work everyday instead of worrying if this is the chopping block day.


  10. "Kennecott"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Pay
    Benefits
    Schedule
    Learning
    Challenging

    Cons

    Communication
    Dishonesty
    lack of experience in leadership


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