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Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated June 4, 2017
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Pros
  • As I said above Awesome work life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Solid pay steady check good benefits (in 27 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. "HR Officer / Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No in-depth human resources knowledge required

    Cons

    Cannot grow because of only have basic hr knowledge and company is downsizing


  2. "Disorganized - Bleeding Cash"

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

    I worked at Rio Tinto as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Safety first, compensation was excellent for contractors.

    Cons

    Completely disorganized. Departments reflect severe silo effects. Management won't listen. They hire consultants & then don't take advise.

    Advice to Management

    Train upper management to listen & take advise of experienced staff, whether contract or permanent RT employees.

  3. "Company is sinking"

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

    Pros

    The pros were higher salaries

    Cons

    They talk a lot of talk about safety but when it comes down to it they are to cheap to protect their employees


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Just a matter of time before you get laid off"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wage is good compared to other places

    Cons

    You will be laid off at some point in your career

    Advice to Management

    Management is out of touch


  5. "Rio Tinto could be great, but...."

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Strong safety culture. Many exceptional employees. Good assets.

    Cons

    Outsourcing and reorganizing constantly. Weak implementation of strategy. Making poor short term decisions while claiming to have a long term view of industry and economy. Senior management making questionable ethical decisions in regards to vendor commitments and financial statement presentation.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that Rio Tinto has many stakeholders, not just shareholders. Remember commitments to employees, vendors and communities.


  6. "Great company but very strong politics."

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    Former Intern - Mine in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Intern - Mine in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many Employment Resources, Strong Safety Culture, Knowledgeable Workforce

    Cons

    Extremely Structured, No Accountability for Screw ups, Hiring of like minded people while repressing diverse thought processes

    Advice to Management

    Avoid hiring people because they go to your alma mater or go to church with you. Look to diverse the backgrounds of you employees (i.e. rural background to city background). Don't just pass the blame to the next person.


  7. "Is mining business?"

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    Current Employee - Chief Advisor
    Current Employee - Chief Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company generally pays well and tries to be a leader in safety, health, and environment.

    Cons

    The company is run by miners and not business men. Regularly, poor choices are made that no rational business person would make.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Just a paycheck, not a career"

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    Former Employee - Principal Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Principal Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good money and exposure to a different perspective on mining than most other companies on the planet. A good place to learn what not to do. Great severances packages.

    Learn what you need and then move on. You will never retire from Rio Tinto. You will only be made redundant eventually. Be in control of your own destiny and leave when the time is right for you.

    Cons

    An organization that has lost touch with mining and processing. Rio Tinto is not an IT business or an academic organization to experiment and develop "the mine of the future". Mining is still just that, mining. Get over yourselves! Too many Australians trying to overcompensate for the Australian stereotype of not being too smart and being lifeguards.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to your roots and be real miners. Stabilized the peaks and valleys; don't spend like drunken sailors when times are good only to turn into pirates and line everyone up to walk the plank when times are bad. The word gets around about the old "hire everyone" and then "fire everyone".


  9. "All of Purchasing will be eliminated with Bruckner Supply outsourcing within 24 months."

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Officer in South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Purchasing Officer in South Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits and it's a very prestigious company to work for and be proud of affiliation.

    Cons

    Work is divided up and spread throughout too many departments which makes each department a dead end without advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Annual reviews shouldn't be based on global criteria that has little relevance to every position, location or actual work required.


  10. "Business Analyst/Project Lead"

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager Lead/Business Analyst/Change Assurance Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Contractor - Project Manager Lead/Business Analyst/Change Assurance Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good to work environment for permanent employess

    Cons

    Contractors are contractors so treated like that.

    Advice to Management

    They are good in front of employees.


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