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Updated 15 February 2018
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Pros
  • You will have your work life balance on top on high paid salaries (in 45 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are strong compared to peers (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours for project delivery often tipped the scales on the work-life balance in favor of the company (in 37 reviews)

  • Long hours, lots of changes simultaneously (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Continuous Improvement Lead"

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    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement in Port Hedland
    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement in Port Hedland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good employer, good housing, great benefit package. Above market.

    Cons

    Culture is slow moving, bureaucratic.


  2. "Unorganised"

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    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None to speak that are greatly different for any other large company. BHP has no outstanding features that I can think of.

    Cons

    Unorganized mess as far a management is concerned. There seems to be no future plan and it is all knee jerk reaction to situations as they arise.


  3. "Working at BHP"

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    CEO is focused on culture and moving the company forward.

    Cons

    A lot of cost cutting, makes it hard to be positive about some great work that we have to do.


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  5. "good employee benefits and salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    good employee benefits and salary

    Cons

    Very big company sometimes feel like a number


  6. "Toxic HR Culture"

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

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Strong CEO
    Company generally has a good reputation

    Cons

    Toxic HR team: half of the Brisbane HR team are horrible human beings that are only after their own interest. You treat employees so poorly, no wonder the union is strong. Gosh I had some nasty HR colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    1. Promote the good (ethical, helpful, friendly) people, not the nasty power hungry individuals that get ahead by bringing others down.
    2. Don't wear out your high performers with more work, make sure your give them time to breathe and not burn out.
    3. Treat your employees right, listen to them and look after their interests. For some of them, their job is their life.


  7. "One of the best company to work for"

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    Always positive environment, great people, great company

    Cons

    Nothing serious. Very busy environment and pressure


  8. "Great Assets, Treat People Well, Needs to Modernise and Innovate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    First Class Assets that have been acquired and developed over generations of Management.
    Treat people well and are looking to engage a more modern and inclusive workforce.
    Enourmous potential for the company and those that work in it to be on the forefront of a mining disruption led tech boom.

    Cons

    Great Assets can breed complacency.
    Complex organisational structure drives inefficiency.
    Can be a laggard in tech and innovation adoption.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change, look to promote on merit and be brave to make decisions in the face of short term noise.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Kalgoorlie
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Kalgoorlie
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Share plus scheme (matched shares)
    Good salary
    Good roster
    Safety concious
    Innovative

    Cons

    Short term mindset for cost cutting at operations level.
    Substantially reduced study support and training budget

    Advice to Management

    Think long term with regard to cost cutting and manning reductions. Increasing training and development dramatically offsets negative effects of this. While promoting development for personnel, budgets should reflect this giving the ability for coverage to allow mentoring, on the job training and relevant offsite training courses.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Racist and discriminative organization"

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

    I have been working at BHP Billiton full-time

    Pros

    The pay. The building in city with views as they promote in all job ads

    Cons

    Racist, discriminative recruitment practices -multiple levels. Its who you know which will get you into bhp Not what you know. Merit and quals and experience mean nothing. If you are female, then as a part of their female recruitment and appeasement policies which the managers and recruitment team use to score brownie points. You may get a role. If a male, then need a strong old boys club membership. They pay lip service to equality and equal opportunity. If you are asian, indian or anything similar. Chances are you won't even get an interview. They mock your resumes and names in the recruitment team. So yes a real good facade covers a deep rot in values at bhp. Your friendly australian for certain demographics. The rest look away.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you portray. Your racist attitudes will eventually come out in the open. You definitely do not hire talent. Your hiring practice should not be for appeasement or scoring brownie points. It should be for the best talent in the best position. Stop advertising fake jobs when you have internal annointed candidates.


  11. "Head of"

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    Former Employee - Head in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Head in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BHP Billiton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent people. High rewards if you work hard. Opportunity to get involved in interesting projects. Opportunity to transfer to other work areas easily.

    Cons

    Long hours. Has an odd culture (not always inclusive).


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