Feb 18, 2015

2015 Edition: Best Mining Companies to Work for in Australia

Rio Tinto
Barrick Gold
6 min
2015 Edition: Best Mining Companies to Work for in Australia

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<p>Australia is home to some of the largest and most profitable mining companies the world has ever seen. From iron ore to coal, the continent is rich in resources making it one of the top destinations for job opportunities in the mining sector.</p>

<p>With 2015 finally upon us, we break down the top 10 companies to work for in Australia according to <a href="http://www.jobadvisor.com.au/best-energy-mining-and-resources-employers…;

<p><strong>10. <a href="http://www.oricaminingservices.com/us/en">Orica</a>&nbsp;</strong></p&gt;

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<p><em>Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars</em></p>

<p>If blowing things up interests you, Orica might be the place for you. The Australian company is the largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining and infrastructure markets, as well leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction.</p>

<p>Orica employs more than 14,500 people across its global workforce, working with customers in over 130 countries. According to employee reviews on JobAdvisor, the company scored 4 stars out of 5.</p>

<p><strong>Reviews:</strong> &ldquo;Wonderful, encouraging, supportive community of colleagues to work with. Excellent management staff&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;They pay well and you are not just another employee&rdquo;</p>

<p><strong>9. <a href="http://www.rusmining.com.au/">RUS Mining</a>&nbsp;</strong></p>

<p><strong><a href="//www.rusmining.com.au/"><img alt="" src="http://s11.postimg.org/k38dzjcw3/Rus_Mining_Logo.jpg&quot; /></a></strong></p>

<p><em>Rating:&nbsp;4 out of 5 stars</em></p>

<p>For the last 30 years, RUS Mining has built a solid reputation as one of Australia&rsquo;s best contracting companies in underground coal mining. The company specializes in underground services, mining equipment and products, and solutions for mining consumables.</p>

<p>RUS Mining recently achieved a significant safety milestone with two years of no lost time injuries at Whitehaven Coal&rsquo;s Narrabri underground operation.</p>

<p><strong>Reviews:</strong> &ldquo;Relax environment, people are nice, superior can be flexible, pay is ok too&rdquo;</p>

<p><strong>8. <a href="https://www.goldfields.co.za/">Gold Fields Limited</a>&nbsp;</strong></p>

<p><strong><a href="//www.goldfields.co.za/"><img alt="" src="http://s22.postimg.org/3yod09wo1/Gold_Fields_logo_svg.png&quot; /></a></strong></p>

<p><em>Rating:&nbsp;4 out of 5 stars</em></p>

<p>Gold Fields is one of the world&rsquo;s largest producers of gold with operating mines in South Africa, Ghana, Peru and Australia. Establishing itself as one of the <a href="http://www.miningglobal.com/top10/1281/Top-10:-Safest-Mining-Companies-… mining companies to work for in Australia</a>, Gold Fields offers various workforce programs aimed at the well-being of its employees and contractors, along with wellness programs to keep staff productive and healthy.</p>

<p><strong>Reviews</strong>: &ldquo;Great Team to work with&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Better conditions of service ie bonuses and superannuation; People are ready to offer help when you need them)</p>

<p><strong>7. <a href="http://www.arrium.com/">Arrium Mining and Materials&nbsp;</a></strong></p>

<p><a href="//www.arrium.com/"><img alt="" src="http://s30.postimg.org/blafbn5pt/Arrium_Mining_CMYK.jpg&quot; /></a></p>

<p><em>Rating:&nbsp;4 out of 5 stars</em></p>

<p>Established in 2007, Arrium Mining and Materials is an Australian company with three core business segments: mining, mining consumables, and steel. The company is a significant producer in iron ore, achieving 12.5 million tons of hematite ore in 2014, as well as a supplier, which includes both the Steel and Recycling businesses. The company is Australia&rsquo;s only manufacturer of steel long products.</p>

<p><strong>Reviews:</strong> &ldquo;work colleagues are motivated and friendly&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Been with the company a long time &gt;20 years in various roles. Generally a good company to work for.&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Good work life balance, interesting work, close to home, decent salary&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Excellent good workmates good work environment&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Secure satisfied, advancement/relocation possibilities, good senior management integrity/leadership&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Great, they have trained me giving me the chance to get a promotion&rdquo;</p>

<p><strong>6. <a href="http://www.fmgl.com.au/">Fortescue Metals Group</a> </strong></p>

<p><strong><a href="//www.fmgl.com.au/"><img alt="" src="http://s29.postimg.org/d3n9gzbjb/FMG_Landscape_Logo.png&quot; /></a></strong></p>

<p><em>Rating:&nbsp;4 out of 5 stars</em></p>

<p>From beginning as a grassroots explorer in 2003 to becoming the world&rsquo;s fourth largest iron ore producer in 2014, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is one of the largest mining companies operating in Australia. But the company isn&rsquo;t just about producing iron ore.</p>

<p>FMG has a strong commitment to its workforce, ensuring the safest working conditions with a favorable work/life balance. In addition, the company provides recreational activities and healthy food choices as all of its camp sites.</p>

<p><strong>Reviews:</strong> &ldquo;Nice people, nice office, good hours, good location&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;I had a good time, I got very good experience&rdquo;</p>

<p><strong>5. <a href="http://www.bhpbilliton.com/home/Pages/default.aspx">BHP Billiton</a> </strong></p>

<p><strong><a href="//www.bhpbilliton.com/home/Pages/default.aspx"><img alt="" src="http://s11.postimg.org/dguwxu9z7/bhp_billiton_plc_logo.png&quot; /></a></strong></p>

<p><em>Rating:&nbsp;4 out of 5 stars</em></p>

<p>BHP Billiton is an Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals and petroleum company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. The company strives to attract, employ and develop staff with exceptional skills that share the same core values. BHP has become one of the biggest leaders in encouraging miners to stretch their capabilities and use their functional expertise to help delivery the company&rsquo;s strategy and contribute to its long-term future. Earlier this year, BHP Billiton was voted one of the safest mining companies to work for in Australia.</p>

<p><strong>Reviews: &ldquo;</strong>BHP is hands down the best company I&#39;ve worked for, and I&#39;ve worked for many companies around the world. If you&#39;re willing to work hard and push yourself you will be rewarded.&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Good job that pays well&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;It has had its ups and downs. But overall a good experience&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;A unique organisational approach, mixed emotions, greatest career challenge to date.&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Fun and very wide range of experience&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Good experience. Well looked after.&rdquo;</p>

<p><strong>4. <a href="http://www.riotinto.com/">Rio Tinto</a> </strong></p>

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<p><em>Rating:&nbsp;4 out of 5 stars</em></p>

<p>If you&rsquo;re looking for an exciting career in the mining industry, Rio Tinto is the cr&egrave;me la cr&egrave;me.</p>

<p>As a British-Australian multinational metals and mining corporation, Rio Tinto is focused on finding, mining and processing the Earth&rsquo;s mineral resources, specializing in iron ore, aluminum, copper, energy, and diamonds.</p>

<p>With operations across the globe, Rio Tinto implements a clear vision for its safety by integrating strict programs and initiatives to build a company culture around zero harm.</p>

<p>Reviews: &ldquo;Great place to work and learn&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Opportunity, reward, travel and being part of the bigger picture.&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Rio has a great environment with flexibility, job satisfaction and above all commitment to the safety of all employees.&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Very regimented, strict policies, made some good friends, overloaded but supported by lower mgmt.&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Health and safety come first and they are generous with benefits&rdquo;</p>

<p><strong>3. <a href="http://www.barrick.com/">Barrick Australia Pacific&nbsp;</a></strong></p>

<p><strong><a href="http://www.barrick.com/"><img alt="" src="http://s28.postimg.org/5hynbe9zh/Barrick_Gold.jpg&quot; /></a></strong></p>

<p><em>Rating:&nbsp;4.5 out 5 stars</em></p>

<p>Headquartered in Toronto Canada, Barrick Gold is the largest gold mining company in the world. The company operates mines and advanced exploration and development projects on five continents with some of the most prolific projects in the world. As one of the biggest mining companies in the world, Barrick is committed to conducting business in accordance with the highest ethical standards possible.</p>

<p>According to past and present employees, Barrick&rsquo;s Australia Pacific division earned 4.5 stars out of 5 on JobAdvistor.com.au.</p>

<p>Reviews: &ldquo;An excellent company to work for.&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;They treat their employees with respect and offer first class employee facilities.&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Good people&rdquo;</p>

<p><strong>2. <a href="http://www.ugm.com.au/">UGM Australia</a>&nbsp;</strong></p>

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<p><em>Rating: 5 out of 5 stars</em></p>

<p>UGM Australia is one of the top mining companies to work for in Australia. The diversified professional services company provides flexible, specialized support and training to some of Australia&rsquo;s largest mining companies, including related industries such as ports, rail and power generation.</p>

<p>Based in New South Wales, UGM has earned an industry-wide reputation for developing cost effective and reliable relationships with its clients. According to JobAdvisor, UGM &nbsp;is one of the best companies to work for because of its dedication to employee safety, salary, benefits and work/life balance.</p>

<p>Reviews: &ldquo;Enjoyable challenging room for promotion&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Money, experience and challenge is good&rdquo;</p>

<p><strong>1. <a href="http://www.evolutionmining.com.au/">Evolution Mining</a>&nbsp;</strong></p>

<p><strong><a href="//www.evolutionmining.com.au/"><img alt="" src="http://s11.postimg.org/s99a01blv/Evolution_Mining_Logo.jpg&quot; /></a></strong></p>

<p><em>Rating:&nbsp;5 out of 5 stars</em></p>

<p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a challenging and rewarding career in the mining industry, Evolution Mining is as good as it gets. Created in 2011, Evolution is a leading, growth focused Australian gold company with five (100-percent owned) operating gold and silver mines in Queensland and Western Australia.</p>

<p>Along with scoring a perfect five out of five on JobAdvisor, Evolution Mining gets the nod as Best Company to Work for in Australia because it actively promotes from within. The company&rsquo;s graduate program ensures entry level professionals are developed and placed into leadership roles within the organization. &nbsp;</p>

<p>Reviews: &ldquo;Great company values&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Has a great family roster 8 days 6 off 7 nights 7 off, very enjoyable with young children as a single father bringing them up, great safety values, good people to work with, all get along great, small mine, gives opportunity to move forward.&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Great place to work&rdquo;</p>

<p>&ldquo;Young, dynamic, authentic with big growth plans for the future&rdquo;</p>

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Jan 30, 2019

Deloitte predicts industry transformation - Tracking the Trends 2019 report

Daniel Brightmore
3 min
Deloitte reveals top ten trends transforming mining in annual Tracking the Trends report
Deloitte has published the eleventh edition of its an...

Deloitte has published the eleventh edition of its annual report on the mining industry. Tracking the Trends identifies the top ten trends transforming the future of mining in 2019

The Deloitte report endeavours to provide the mining industry with insights it can leverage to support its continued quest for productivity, capital discipline, strategic development and sustainable growth.

Philip Hopwood, Deloitte’s Global Leader - Mining & Metals, commented: “It appears that the mining industry is poised for greater growth than it’s seen in a decade, but today’s market realities are very different than those of the past. We’re now dealing with geopolitical tensions in the form of trade wars and tariff concerns, as well as looming asset shortages. Rising commodity prices should fuel expansion, but could also result in a return of inflation and the costs that go with it, eventually eating into margins. 

Disruption and volatility has become the new normal and the pace of change is outpacing our ability to adapt. This makes it imperative for mining companies to clarify how they plan to drive value into the future and how they intend to respond when prices inevitably drop again.” 

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Here are the key messages provided by the 2019 report:

  • Disruption and volatilitymake it imperative for mining companies to clarify how they plan to drive value into the future and how they intend to respond when prices inevitably drop again. To thrive into the future, mining companies will need to challenge the status quo by soliciting a diversity of opinions and taking the risk to do things differently. 


  • Technology and artificial intelligence (AI) will play akey role, not only in helping companies envision future scenarios, but in identifying risks at an enterprise level and transforming the supply chain. Moreover, advances in finance platforms, sensor technology, autonomous vehicles, cloud- based solutions, and analytics are paving the way for the design of a digital mine. 


  • Understanding the needsand perceptions of people both inside and outside the organization will be critical. Companies must build amore diverse workplace and address succession planning, while fostering loyalty and retention among existing employees. At the same time companies must do more outreach to local communities, governments, and consumers so they can be more transparent and receptive. 


Top Ten Trends Transforming the Future of Mining:

  1. Rethinking mining strategy - Embedding the discipline to deliver measurable value across the cycle 
  2. The frontier of analytics and artifcial intelligenceMoving up the maturity curve 
  3. Managing risk in the digital era - Exploring a new approach to controls and risk management 
  4. Digitizing the supply chain - Why innovation requires integration 
  5. Driving sustainable shared social outcomes - Finding value beyond compliance 
  6. Exploring the water-energy nexus - Making the case for a systematic approach 
  7. Decoding capital projects - Learning from past mistakes
  8. Reimagining work, workers, and the workplace - A blueprint for the future 
  9. Operationalising diversity and inclusion programs - From theory to practice 
  10. Demanding provenanceEVs and battery minerals provoke the desire for provenance 

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