Rio Tinto Electrical Engineer Reviews

Updated 30 Jun 2020

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Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques
Jean-Sébastien Jacques
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  1. "Great Company, Tough Times"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Graduate Electrical Engineer in Pilbara
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Pay, Meaningful Work, Friendly Work Environment

    Cons

    2013-2014 was a tough time for the resource industry

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  2. "Electrical Engineer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great career development, Technical Development

    Cons

    Remote Areas can be difficult for work life balance

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Large corporation"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tom Price
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Huge company, when times are good there is a lot of opportunity to move around and money is flowing everywhere for an enjoyable workplace. Fly In Fly Out roster can be good for lifestyle, though a decision needs to be made for salary vs. length of time on site, and what sacrifice you are willing to make. Salaries are generally quite high though this is not expected to last.

    Cons

    When resource prices fall, so do many aspects of the job. This may just be in comparison to when times were great, but I'm inclined to think that there is a serious culture problem. There is very little job stability as the senior/management team are constantly rotating and the 'focus' of the team is shifting as a result. Many work friends have been made redundant around me, and there seems to be little reasoning to this as quite often poor workers are left while great staff are let go. Not a specific gripe with Rio Tinto, but as for a FIFO role in general - if you happen to change panels, you will go from spending 12 hour days for a week or two at a time with a work friend, to being on the opposite panel and literally never seeing them again due to the nature of the rosters being back to back. Personally I have found this to be draining over the years.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Entry level engineer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Boom time equalled big budgets so lots of projects; good exposure to office and site work and opportunity to network with varying stakeholders both in and outside of the company.

    Cons

    Standard big company stuff. Lots of processes, lack of efficiency, politics, silo effects of different business units competing against each other for outcomes/budgets etc. The interesting engineering work was outsourced to EPCMs so internal engineers did not get to work on them. "Senior" engineers were not actually that senior in terms of their technical experience but just years in the workforce so not a great environment for a junior engineer wanting to learn the ropes.

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  5. "Automation"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Lead Electrical & Automated Systems Commissioning Engineer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto for more than a year

    Pros

    TeamWork, Social Environment, Site facilities

    Cons

    Persistent long hours, doing more with less, Now Now Now attitude from superintendants

  6. "Like most big companies"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pretty good facilities such as the health insurance subsidy. Very safety conscious and they do what they say. Tend to be the pioneer of high tech initiatives compared to competitors.

    Cons

    Company politics can get in the way of opportunities. Less technical development opportunities. Too many job overlaps. A lot of bureaucracy.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay and conditions BUT engineers lack challenging work."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Electrical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto

    Pros

    Managers respect workers, clean nice organised place to work pay is not the best nor is it the worst but is very comfortable. Safety is excellent. Can develop good leadership skills especially on some sites The Brand name is prestegious.

    Cons

    Its so stable it is frsutrating to be an electrical engineer. Everything is faultless but I almost fall asleep daily at work. Inovative ideas are not respected and are stamped out and talented people usually board to death. If the following statement agrees with you: "I want to achieve the impossible, and be driven to achieve using skills and inovation to my limits" then RIO may be too repressive as tall poppies are cut down very fast. I get excellent training excellent pay but I am underchallenged so badley I really want to leave . It scares me that one day i will become fat and lazy due to my work environment.

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  8. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Electrical Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Mining is cyclical, if you survive the bad times, the good times are awesome.

    Cons

    Be ready for midnight and weekend calls

  9. "Amazing Experience"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Kitimat, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto for less than a year

    Pros

    1) Freedom to join and work under different department member on interesting projects. 2) Freedom to talk your mind 3)Huge emphasis on safety be it equipment or personnel.

    Cons

    1)Most sites on remote locations

  10. "Electrical/Automation EIT"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer EIT in Labrador City, NL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities at this branch.

    Cons

    Remote Area. Requires a little getting used to.

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