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Bad work environment. Salary trained to hate hourly workers.
Instrumentation Electrician (Former Employee) –  Boron, CADecember 18, 2016
Salary are trained to be unfriendly with the hourly workers. The company is willing to spend millions of dollars just to prove that they don't need the hourly workers. They locked out 600 hourly workers for 4 months. They locked the workers out at the end of the month so that they would have no medical insurance because it only last to the last day of the month. They constantly fire hourly employees and when they think they might lose the arbitration, they hire them back with no back pay. They write up hourly workers for using sick leave, and threaten to fire even if the employee has an excellent attendance record. These are not lies. This is true information. I watched it with my own eyes.

It used to be a great place to work until corporate got involved into the day-to-day operations and started micro-managing the Borax mine.
Pros
Good Pay
Cons
Most satanic work environment I have ever seen.
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Good company, global opportunities
Major Projects - Manager, Procurement & Contracts (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTMay 22, 2016
Mining industry is cyclical; so as expected it is lean during downturns, and very good (global) opportunity during good times. Strong procurement organization to support the operational business needs on a global, regional, and local level. Also a independent major capital project group focused upon expansion and growth projects.
Pros
challenging opportunities, good benefits
Cons
Cyclical nature (up and down) of the mining industry
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Was a good place to work
Manager (Former Employee) –  South Jordan, UTFebruary 25, 2016
Rio Tinto's senior management have not managed the business well during the cyclical nature of mining. When times are good, they spend with reckless abandon. During down turns, they layoff and cut spending too deep. The organization structure is not well designed, leading to a fat, bureaucratic and costly organization. There are brilliant people that work at all levels of the company, so it is amazing that this pattern of mismanagement continues. It seems to be the new culture of the company. The outsourcing and offshoring of so many types of work and positions has led to a dysfunctional group. Employees no longer feel connected to the company and have disengaged. The benefits of offshoring and outsourcing have been overstated by some of the management responsible for the effort. Rio typically pays well and offers many benefits. This keeps people in the organization with golden handcuffs. There are still many good things about the company and it can be a good place to work again.
Pros
good benefits, great people
Cons
no job security, some unethical middle managers
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Finance group and production plants environment
Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTNovember 20, 2016
This used to be a great company to work for but the last couple years the management has gotten worse and worse. Nearly every person I worked with had close to their 300 hours of accrued vacation because they never had the time to take any vacation. The only good thing about the company now is the pay, but the way front line workers and non management workers are treated is awful at the Kennecott/ Utah location. I worked there over six years and i went through 7 different layoffs. No one feels like their job is secure and if you are American you can almost guarantee you won't ever make it to any management or leader position. And they promote incompetent people to management positions that don't care how over worked everyone else is and don't know how much time everyone is putting in. The worst part is Kennecott produces the best most accurate production and cost forecast across Rio Tinto but is constantly being told they have to make up for all the other groups failure to meet production and cost goals.
Pros
High pay
Cons
Incompetent managment
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Ok place to work. Very political though.
Maintenance Support (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTSeptember 28, 2016
I worked for Rio 9 years and when American management was in place seem to be a lot better but now the foreign management is in there they don't think very highly of Americans. They also get knee jerk reactions when metal prices start to fall a little bit and threatened layoffs and cuts. The work was good real hot and dirty in the plant I worked at but they provided uniforms and Boots which made it nice. The constant threat of layoffs and cutbacks made this place not worth working out anymore so I was basically forced out.
Pros
Good pay and bennies
Cons
Constant threat of layoffs, not very honest, foreign management disslikes ameicans
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Good work envioment and co workers
Planner Scheduler (Former Employee) –  Magna, UTMarch 23, 2016
Safety oriented, proactive I would plan maintenance notifications and schedule the work needed to keep production running smoothly maintain back log and standard task list up dated the Bill of Materials as needed attended planning and scheduling meetings and did yearly budgets as well as shutdown
Pros
good wage and benefits
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Terrible employer
Contract Administrator (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTSeptember 18, 2016
Its a poorly managed company, loses tons of money and treats its employees badly. I personally left on stress leave as did others. They import management from England and Australia which are places that allow management and conpanies to treat employees in a bad way. Do not recommend this employer.
Pros
salaries are above average for some
Cons
employees treated badly
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on call technicians
Mechanical Electrical Instrumentation Technician (Former Employee) –  Magna, UTDecember 16, 2016
get a call on radio go fix or find out what the problem was, fix it, then wait for the next call.expect the expected, co- workers pick on me, working with them, fixing the problems.
Pros
money, on the job training
Cons
Coal power Plant, internship.
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Both companies great to work for
SAP Master Data Specialist (Former Employee) –  Utah and MongoliaSeptember 23, 2016
Both companies encouraged and supported the growth of their employees. Cutting edge technology was used. They viewed the employees as their number one asset.
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Good pay but not a great place to work
Purchasing Manager - Procurement (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTJune 24, 2014
High stress days because they are vastly understaffed.
There is no real training program there so everything you learn is from others that work there or demands that are placed upon you.
Like every company there are good managers and bad.
The co-workers there were the best, but just too may demands placed upon them.
The hardest part of the job was to continue to be committed to the job while knowing that the company was not committed to the employees and that they would outsource just to save what they perceived was a couple of dollars (even though that wasn't accurate).
The best part of the job once again were the co-workers. Rio Tinto is lucky to have such dedicated people, even if they do not appreciate them.
Pros
Good Pay and benefits while you're there
Cons
Lack of culture, virtually no H/R support and they are outsourcing everything
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World class progressive mining company
Supervisor Asset Management Shovels & Drills (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTMarch 12, 2015
The alarm clock is set for 3:15 am to be to work for a 4:30 start time for a shift turn over communication meeting. Right on the dot at 5:00 the crew is there ready for a briefing on the last twenty four hours, safety issues covered and any relevant items covered. Crew assigned to any assets that needed maintenance repairs. High two way radio and cell phone traffic during a thirteen hour shift maintaining the mines shovels and drills, It is a very dynamic environment and the size and scope of the mine and equipment is almost beyond description.
Pros
Great benifits
Cons
Long shifts
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Challenging and demanding but fun most of the time.
Principal Advisor, Quality and scheduling (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTSeptember 10, 2012
I have enjoyed working with many dynamic hard working individuals with a common goal to produce a product safely. I managed from 3 salary members up to 200 hourly and salary work force and very satisfying. Rio Tinto like allot of companies are in continous change and that makes it very challenging, all part of strong leadership. I have had extensive involement in the Six Sigma methodoligies and find the the systems very rewarding and results driven. I was honored with Process Owner of the year award twicw because of my heavy involement with the systems. I loved working with the many dicsiplines and Union work forces, never a dull moment.
Pros
ery good income and benefits
Cons
ever changing senior leadereship, makes it tough to start over often
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Great place to work, very high safety culture
Master Data Specialist / Supervisor (Former Employee) –  South Jordan, UTApril 15, 2016
Loved working there at Rio Tinto, they had a great safety culture with a goal to always be improving the process. The management took care of its workers and was aware of there needs. very professional people to work with, that had a high level of education and knowledge of the process.
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Great place to work.
External Affairs & Communications (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCAugust 9, 2016
Gained valuable experience working at a fortune 100 company and along side various government agencies, international organizations, and different trade organizations.
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Great Company
Sourcing Specialist/Bulk Commodity Specialist (Current Employee) –  South Jordan, UtOctober 14, 2015
Enjoy all Aspects about the job, great people good management, benefits Co-workers are very enjoyable to work with and be around.
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Overworked, Long Hours, Stress
Administration (Former Employee) –  Magna, UtahJanuary 31, 2013
This company pays well and has good benefits. You will find yourself working long, long hours. If you are in the Environmental Group you will be not only working all day, but having to be on Night Call, Weekend and Holiday Duty rotation. The work you do is not appreciated or rewarded. The current boss at Environmental is arrogant, self focused and destroys morale there. As they say......buyer beware!
Pros
salary, benefits
Cons
work long hours, miss lunch, work not appreciated
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Great union job for our region
Janitor (Current Employee) –  Boron, CAMay 14, 2016
In my opinion this is an above average experience, but I hear a lot of people who miss the Old Days, when it was US BORAX.
I get that, but honestly it could be said by most companies today. I came from the real world, with those who hadn't worked at the mine since highschool. I know there are few areas with a lot!!!!!!of overtime but some love that. Not me, but I don't have it. I hope to retire in the company.
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Great place to work.
Warehouse Associate (Current Employee) –  South Jordan, UTNovember 30, 2014
Overall this is the best company I have ever worked for. Good leadership, very safe, competitive pay. The vacation and insurance packages are top notch. They provide the employees with everything needed to be successful. There is however a problem with some of the employees that feel entitled, but for the most part a great place.
Pros
Tools provided for success. Vacation. Benefits. Safe place to work.
Cons
Not the greatest pay. Whining co workers.
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Great Coworkers, poor upper management
Specialist, Mobile Device Management (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTJuly 2, 2015
Enjoyed working with the fellow employees and working to make things better.



Management has deviced to move most of the work external and therefore much productivity and innovation has been lost.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Poor Management
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Overall good company but hires and fires too frequently
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UtahMay 8, 2015
The company provides a great work life balance. There are occasional projects which require overtime or odd shifts but these are rare unless you take a role directly within operations. Like with any engineering job in the mining industry there is no single job you would do. You would be doing anything from day to day data analysis, project work, testing, modeling, or fieldwork. Since there is such good compensation and benefits you work with a really great bunch of people. The work is pretty exciting you will generally have an interesting project or two to work on.

My gripe with the company is that mining is a very volatile industry with great highs and horrific lows. Great management fights pressure to go crazy with hiring and capital during the highs and to cut too much capital and people during the lows. In this regard I think Rio Tinto has absolutely horrible senior management. The last two CEOs have given in to the pressure to expand/reduce like they are puppets. Keep in mind the next couple years will be bad years so there will be little chance for advancement. There will be much better chances as metal prices increase. Another potential downside is you will generally be expected to relocate throughout your career.

The bottom line is it is a good company to work for but you will need to be fully prepared to suddenly lose your job. You may want to rent instead of buy any property. And keep 6+ months of salary in the bank.
Pros
Great coworkers, great compensation
Cons
Very low job security
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