With so much hyperbole about the mining boom’s contribution to the Australian economy and concern if it will last, it’s interesting to read the reviews on our site about what it’s like to work at Rio Tinto.
As one of the world’s largest mining companies and with operations in some harsh and isolated locations, Rio Tinto’s average 4 star rating (out of 5) is pretty impressive.
Comments in the ‘Pros’ category from employees tend to focus on the company’s extensive resources, the high quality of coworkers and sound opportunities for advancement.
“Lots of opportunities for career development and to take on new projects”
“It attracts the highest calibre of employees as the work you are exposed to is at the cutting edge of bulk commodity mining and development.”
“Part of the Rio Tinto Group so pay/benefits are good by industry standards. Accessing the broader capability of the Rio Tinto Group makes it easier to find resources and expertise.”
“Skills appreciated and rewarded. Excellent colleagues and conditions.”
Not surprisingly there are some downsides to working at such a behemoth in far flung corners of the earth, and these are also pretty consistent.
“Rio Tinto Iron Ore is a very big organisation and its disciplined approach does not afford great flexibility to embark upon small scale opportunities.”
“Can be overly bureaucratic making it difficult to get decisions made and to progress forward."
“Very traditional, structured company with lots of red tape.”
“Being away from home on a regular basis.”
There is no doubt that we are in an economic golden age in Australia as our substantial natural resources dovetail nicely with China’s massive economic expansion.
Whether it will continue longer term is yet to be seen, but if we are to maximize the current opportunity then the ability of companies like Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton to attract and retain skilled staff is absolutely essential.