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Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated October 16, 2018
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Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques
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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. "Reliability Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Lots of training and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Management should be forth coming

  3. "Was a great company before they decided to focus outside of US"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great location

    Cons

    losing local feel, constant job cutting, losing expertise


  4. "Superintendant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Excellent development and culture

    Cons

    Consolidating roles so everyone has more and more responsibility


  5. "As with most giant corporations: Good to Terrible"

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    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great local working teams; Focus on safety, health and environment; good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Constant fear of re-orgs and job instability;
    Poor upper management teams with too many people in upper management but not enough doing the actual work;
    Lack of transparency to outright lies when it comes to company decisions ;affecting jobs

    Advice to Management

    Find a strategy/plan and stick with it. You make decisions that take 2-3 years for it to become beneficial but change the plan before it is ever realized and start the cycle again and again


  6. "Good place to work if you need to"

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are good to work with

    Cons

    Management is full of good ole boys.


  7. "Ok company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good, safety bonuses at the end of the year.

    Cons

    No opportunity to move up, management wont listen to you

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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