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Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • As I said above Awesome work life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Solid pay steady check good benefits (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance with the 8 days on 6 days off roster (in 10 reviews)

  • Cyclical Industry, career progression is not defined (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Horrible Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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!


  3. "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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable with the wrong people doing the wrong jobs"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great if you are a salary employee. Great location in the south part of the valley.

    Cons

    Stay away if you want to have a life. The mid-level managers will do and say anything to keep their jobs. They use and abuse their employees. Lots of back stabbing and throwing people under the bus. No one wants to take responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to leave things alone. You have the wrong people doing the wrong jobs, but since you have great benefits and good pay, no one wants to leave. But the work life sucks because there is none. Work you till you break or lay you off.


  6. "Poor Rio Tinto - Kennecott is a Mess"

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    Current Contractor - Principal Advisor, Health and Safety in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Contractor - Principal Advisor, Health and Safety in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working as a contractor, I was paid very well, if not blindly overpaid.

    Cons

    Rio Tinto's Kennecott is a money pit dragging down shareholder value. Poor decisions, and seemingly little accountability seem the mainstay. In fact, maybe the management that survive are the ones with more of an eye on keeping a low profile and staying busy while repeat incompetence goes on around them. In my group, management operated as a club - albeit an incompetent one - where decisions were mainly political (where not utterly uninformed). Some players seemed fortunate to have a job - being so absurdly incompetent at management or fiscal decisions. You work there, and hopefully, learn what not to do, and how companies set them selves up for failure. Kennecott will eventually either pull Rio down or get spun off as the poorly-managed money pit that it is.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your management and command structure. Quit hiding incompetence, hiring the wrong people for the wrong reasons, Fire incompetents and rely less on high-dollar outside consultants and contractors where you should cultivate quality from within.


  7. "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. Helpful (3)

    "Be careful!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits for most employees.

    Cons

    If they sold pets, they would be called a puppy mill.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Benefits, Good Safety Culture, Top Management could improve"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, above market pay. Focused on Safety. Business unit management is generally competent but are often undermined by the decisions at Rio Tinto corporate management.

    Cons

    Constant reductions, long hours, the people are made to pay for the poor decisions of management. The company has a short term versus long term focus.

    Advice to Management

    Make a commitment to your people - they are the heart of any company. Realize that you are in a cyclical business and plan for people like you plan for your mines.


  10. "ELECTRICAL SUPERINTENDENT"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Superintendent in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Former Employee - Electrical Superintendent in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good position in Mongolia Oyu Tolgoi Project leading Mongolian nationals. Electrical construction on the on going upgrade to the mining facility.

    Cons

    Cold weather and bad food at camp. Little ability for after hours recreational and bad set out of camp facilities for long term stay for work purposes.

    Advice to Management

    Try to change day to day life in the camp with better recreational facilities and change the menu and quality of food for the workers daily needs also allow cut lunches to be taken from the mess so as returning for lunch is not required when distances and bussing is difficult.


  11. "Culture has crashed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wages are acceptable, business has good fundamentals and high quality assets. Healthcare benefits and share scheme are good. That's about it.

    Cons

    Self serving middle management, erosion of the Rio Tinto culture through hiring of leaders from competitor mining companies with poor organisational culture. Relentless focus on short term and unsustainable cost saving at the expense of employee morale and wellbeing. Most of the benefits and incentives have been removed. Almost constant restructuring of the business which is disruptive.

    Advice to Management

    Stop, allow the dust to settle and think very carefully before you cut any more jobs. The discretionary effort which used to be so prevalent has all but stopped. Unless you really want to have a team of mindless drones, stop treating your people like fools and start rewarding those who do put in the extra effort.


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