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Updated January 17, 2018
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  • Lengthy working hours with challenge to maintain work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Sometimes you will work long hours away from your family, but you do get time off to spend with your family (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Promotion is only for the foreigners and females"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits is the only pro

    Cons

    They have a quota system to put females into management, qualified or not. This has made for a very hostile environment. The females that have earned their way are just as mad as the males regarding this situation. Then foreigners are also brought into the US and promptly prompted over very qualified US workers. Visas for Rio Tinto should be investigated.

    Advice to Management

    Stop favoring female workers who are not qualified just to meet your self imposed quota system.


  2. "Continues to downsize"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    compensation and benefits are good

    Cons

    continues to cut costs, lack of opportunties

  3. "Directionless but attempting to transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, global nature of the business

    Cons

    Culture, leadership, strategy, review process

    Advice to Management

    Focus on People


  4. "Find a different job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Close to a major city

    Cons

    Management Management Management
    Lack of training opportunities


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Management"

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    Former Employee - GIS Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - GIS Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    They have a good re-location package

    Cons

    HR is a joke, poorly managed and if you have a problem they send you to management who are not on your side. Managers hire friends and family which makes for awkward work situations. They have deep pockets so not worthwhile to litigate with them, they just pay you off to keep your mouth shut.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire family and friends, give employees ethics training and have checks and balances in place so there is no favoritism


  6. "Labor laws"

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    Former Employee - Driver
    Former Employee - Driver
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You have your schedule for an entire year in advance.

    Cons

    For drivers, constantly rotating schedule. This results in never getting g used to your sleep schedule. Not being well rested results in a dangerous work environment. Too many chiefs is a review I would like to agree with. The employee safety is not a priority. They do not respect proper breaks. Two ten minutes and a twenty minute lunch...all while working a constantly rotating schedule. Every two weeks you switch from days to nights. It doesn't make sense. The employees have made this clear. However, no changes.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your music players. Create consistency. Work days or nights, not both. Or, try the same thing in your own life for a few months and see how you fare. Look at the safety ratings. Understand rested employees work better. Days or nights. Not both.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Advisor"

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

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Local team great.

    Cons

    Senior management lacks necessary skills and business judgement in several key areas. Focus on safety is based on meeting metrics for STIP, not on instilling a safety ethic in employees. The business matrix that has been created operates to create and reinforce silos, pitting employees against one another and muddling business focus.
    Borders on unethical -- some safety metrics are fabricated, some strength-to-strength numbers, if ever audited, would be found to fall short of accurate. Emphasis on people is largely a PR effort. Local budgets cut while CEO and senior leaders fly off to places like Singapore for "meetings" which could be handled via conference calls.

    Advice to Management

    Safety first. People are a true priority. Focus on the business of mining. Business is not a social experience.

  8. "Rio Tinto is no longer a good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Sourcing Analyst in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Sourcing Analyst in South Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Healthcare
    401k match
    Co-workers
    Mining Industry itself is fascinating
    Location
    Opportunity to work with big mining equipment suppliers
    UTA Pass

    Cons

    Horrible Management
    Lots of red tapes
    Back stabbing everywhere
    Gossips
    No HR support
    No life balance
    Pushy
    Lunch meeting where you need to bring your own lunch

    Advice to Management

    Change your culture. Wake-up!


  9. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pays well, good benefits, some flexibility

    Cons

    Constant turmoil and organizational changes.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people.


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boron, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boron, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay / lack of oversight

    Cons

    The culture is really awful here. The people are some of the most abrasive I have ever worked with. The higher-paid leaders really don't add any value to the company. They suggest ideas without any knowledge of what's actually going on at the mine, production and shipping plants.

    The people who work in the plants don't have any motivation to work harder, because they see the laziness that comes from the top down. The union culture is hard.

    If you can get an internship elsewhere, I suggest looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate the people you manage by showing you actually care and exist. Make appearances, listen to the people, utilize their ideas/feedback


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