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Rio Tinto Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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Pros
  • As I said above Awesome work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Solid pay steady check good benefits (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance with the 8 days on 6 days off roster (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "An enriching experience that I thoroughly enjoyed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - English Teacher in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - English Teacher in South Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rio Tinto part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    structure and organization
    good communication

    Cons

    large company easy to get lost


  2. "Solid company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture around safety and a lot of opportunities for growth in varying areas of the business. If you are willing to move around you can climb the rankings quickly and get a lot of great experience along the way. There are a lot of great people who you get to work with that have varying levels of experience to pass on.

    Cons

    Typical corporate structure. There is a lot of bureaucracy at each site where people are trying to build their empires.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek feedback from the entire business from the lowest to highest ranking people. It's the people doing the small jobs that aren't at a Superintendent or Manager level that makes this business run.


  3. "Was a great organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, you have an opportunity to work with international teams.

    Cons

    Management isn't close to workers, so many disconnects. Likes to talk about development opportunities, but then stops funding to training.

    Advice to Management

    Staff your teams, so they aren't overworked
    Practice what you preach - no work life balance whatsoever
    Lead, as opposed to manage
    Hire people who aren't your relatives


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  5. "No plans for graduates. Kennecott MANAGEMENT can't get on the same page."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in South Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rio Tinto has been great. excellent pay, Good career development and training. Good news, if you don't like your manager, you will always have a new one within a few months.

    Cons

    No plans for graduates. A lot of promises with no delivery. Upper management really doesn't have time to give to less senior employees. High turn over in upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Better chain of command when you contract your employees to different business units with clear dates and role descriptions.


  6. "Rio Tinto was an amazing place to work, lots of great people and a great working environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in South Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in South Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits all the way around. Open environment. Great people.

    Cons

    The fluctuation of the market/industry.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    challenging work, good benefits, great safety culture, the company is trying to adopt and implement latest ideas in business and is trying to transform itself

    Cons

    silo mentality, very operations focused,needs to develop its employees further

    Advice to Management

    focus on people development


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable with the wrong people doing the wrong jobs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  9. "Rio Tinto Minerals in Denver- all kinds of bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Pay is amazing if you're in a management role, otherwise it is a little higher than market.

    Cons

    The corporate structure is quite bureaucratic: there are a lot of check boxes to fill, but otherwise leaders don't do anything. If you are applying for a managerial role and you are lazy, this is the perfect place for you. You can sit back, not care about your company or your people, and as long as you stick around, you'll keep moving up and making more money.

    If you're starting from the bottom, driven and hard working with the thought that it will take you places, it won't. Expect to be taken advantage of without an awesome bonus that all the lazy people around you get to enjoy. The only thing that is rewarded is time; all that matters is how long you have been with the company, not what you contribute. So stop caring, sit back, and let yourself waste away and you'll do great!

    Advice to Management

    Keep praying that US Borax doesn't get divested because you'll never be able to replace your pay with the lack of skills you possess.


  10. "Excellent workforce to work with (SLC, UT- US)."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Recruitment 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

    I received excellent experience working in HR. I learned more than I did with any other company and had a variety of responsibilities.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is wasteful with resources and office workers are set up to fail. Too much work is piled on each person's shoulders. Global strategy hurts regions.

    Advice to Management

    Give each region (sometimes country) its own power to customize strategy to what works for them.


  11. "Tough Culture to adopt."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employees are offered great benefits

    Cons

    The Culture is a tough one to adopt.

    Advice to Management

    Move employees around more


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