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Newmont Australia

4.3
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Newmont Australia

  • Mining, Oil & Gas

What it does: Mines gold
Staff stats: 28,000 globally
The good bits: Pay, safety culture
The not so good bits: Working in remote locations
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Sciences

The Newmont story

Newmont Mining Corporation, aka Newmont, was founded in New York in 1916. Its founder was a plutocratic mining engineer called William Thompson keen to make his fortune in mining. Thompson started off by investing in North American gold mines but he soon got into Texas oil fields. Thompson died in 1930 but the company he created continued to prosper, listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 1940.

By the middle of the 20th century, the company had begun its global expansion, acquiring interests in several African mineral mines. Newmont was subsequently to buy or develop mines in Australia, Indonesia, Mexico and South America.

The company hit a rough patch in the 1980s. It successfully saw off five takeover bids but had to undergo a major restructuring that included divesting its copper, oil, gas and coal interests. The company also moved its headquarters from New York to Denver. It merged with Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corporation and Battle Mountain Gold Company. It also acquired Normandy Mining Limited, Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation, Miramar Mining Corporation and Fronteer Gold Inc. All these mergers and acquisitions resulted in Newmont becoming the world’s second-largest gold producer. It remains the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 index.

Newmont has had a presence in Australia since 2002. That’s when it bought Normandy Mining (then Australia’s largest gold producer) for just under US$2 billion (A$2.5 billion). Newmont also took full ownership of Boddington, another big Australian gold producer, in 2009.

The company sees its purpose as being “to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining”. All Newmont’s decisions and activities are informed by its ‘five core values’: safety, integrity, sustainability, inclusion and responsibility.

In 2017, Newmont had revenue of US$2.7 billion (A$3.5 billion).

The culture

The company aims to be “an industry leader in global inclusion and diversity”. It aspires to “build a workplace culture that fosters leaders and allows every person to thrive, contribute and grow”. One where “employees engage collaboratively and respectfully with one another”.

In keeping with this philosophy, the company does not adversely discriminate on the basis of “national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other attribute that is protected by local laws”. Furthermore, the company does not tolerate any form of harassment or bullying.   

Social contribution

Newmont takes a three-pronged approach to be a good corporate citizen.

  1. Firstly, it seeks to look after the planet through world-class environmental management practices that minimise and mitigate the impacts of its mining operations.
  2. Secondly, it aims to “earn the support” of host communities through meaningful engagements and partnerships.
  3. Thirdly, it seeks to look after the health of its workers by relentlessly pursuing a “zero-harm workplace”.   

The recruitment process

In Australia, Newmont offers grads the opportunity to take part in its ‘Emerging Talent Program’. This is a “two-year structured professional development program that will provide you with the opportunity to gain the skills and experience needed to excel within this dynamic industry”. The program offers a rotation during the program which gives experience at either Boddington or Tanami

The company particularly encourages applications from grads who are female, Indigenous or from a “diverse background”.

Applicants seem to need some a mining-related (i.e. engineering or science) degree. They need to have solid academic results and, ideally, have done some work experience in the mining industry. Newmont offers Vacation work for a 12 week period during the summer holidays. Applicants also need to be willing to work in remote locations and possess strong teamwork, initiative and communication skills.

If you want a job at Newmont, you’ll need to find an appropriate grad role on the jobs page of the company website and make an online application.

The company shortlists candidates to have a phone screen followed by face to face interview and psychometric testing at the regional office in Subiaco. They don’t fly applicants to site for face to face meetings. Newmont’s grad program seeks “to optimise early development and to ensure you receive the best practical experience and formal training while developing your own personal, interpersonal and organisational skills to maximise your full potential”.
Grads have a permanent job from their commencement date (i.e. they remain employed after the grad program ends). They are paired with a workplace mentor and also undergo structured learning. They receive regular feedback about their performance.

Remuneration

To attract and retain “the best people”, Newmont aims to offer “meaningful and robust careers with both financial and growth opportunities”. It has a ‘Total Rewards’ program. This is based on “a compensation philosophy that ensures a competitive and consistent compensation position in all locations”.

The company’s benefits packages are tailored to local conditions. They typically include private health insurance, an annual bonus scheme and holidays.

Career prospects

Newmont encourages all staff to discuss their career goals with their manager and develop an action plan to achieve those goals. The company is committed to maintaining a “strong pipeline of talent”. It does everything possible to assist staff “realise their potential and maximise their contribution”.

The professional development opportunities on offer at Newmont include:

  • Safety training and technical training 
  • Specialised training: mine rescue, mine engineering, hazardous-materials handling and environmental management
  • Leadership development programs
  • Professional conferences and memberships
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Coaching 
  • Mentoring 
  • Formal classroom training
  • On-the-job training including cross-functional projects and special assignments

The vibe of the place

Most current and former Newmont employees speak highly of the company. Staff receive high wages and generous benefits. They are given plenty of opportunities to progress their careers both in their country of origin and around the world. The company also has a genuine commitment to creating inclusive work environments in what has long been a blokey industry.  

 

From the Employer:

"Through responsible mining, we believe we can create a stronger business and value for all our stakeholders. Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. We have approximately 30,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at managed operations in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru, and Suriname. Newmont is an industry leader in value creation and the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 index. Our purpose – to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining – is guided by five core values: safety, integrity, sustainability, inclusion and responsibility. We are proud to have been named the mining industry leader in overall sustainability by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for three consecutive years since 2015.

The Emerging Talent Program (ETP) is for all of our Graduates in the Australia region. All graduates at Newmont participate in a two-year program which includes a rotation between sites.
Exposure to different operations or sites allows our graduates to gain a broader range of technical experience, organisational and team cultures, and opportunity to foster lasting working relationships with diverse colleagues.

Graduates’ skill sets are developed by:

  • Working through a discipline-specific set of competencies.
  • Participation and attendance at the annual Newmont Graduate
  • Collegiate.
  • Technical and Leadership skill development"

Graduate Review

Overall Score
4.3
Overall score based on 4 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.8
Culture
9
Diversity
9
Salary
8.8
Work Hours
8.8
Culture
9
Diversity
9
Salary
8.8
Work Hours
What Graduates Say About Them
  • The graduate program and on-hand, practical and diverse learning
  • The team I work with and support provided to myself as a graduate with minimal practical experience.
  • Rotation and opportunities
  • Long hours
  • Training opportunities promised versus what was made available
  • Lack of global secondment

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Boddington, WA - Tanami, NT
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
F
Food, Hospitality & Personal Services
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
P
Property & Built Environment
S
Sciences

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
My role offers a good balance between practical, hands-on work and office based data analysis type work.

Narishka Naidoo

  • Graduate stories
My role offers a good balance between practical, hands-on work and office based data analysis type work.

Narishka Naidoo

  • Graduate stories
I’m the kind of person who doesn’t know if I want to work in an office or out in the field, therefore, surveying was perfect for me as I spend time in both which really appeals to me.

Mitchell Clarke

  • Graduate stories
I’m the kind of person who doesn’t know if I want to work in an office or out in the field, therefore, surveying was perfect for me as I spend time in both which really appeals to me.

Mitchell Clarke

  • Graduate stories
My role offers a good balance between practical, hands-on work and office based data analysis type work.

Narishka Naidoo

  • Graduate stories
My role offers a good balance between practical, hands-on work and office based data analysis type work.

Narishka Naidoo

  • Graduate stories
I’m the kind of person who doesn’t know if I want to work in an office or out in the field, therefore, surveying was perfect for me as I spend time in both which really appeals to me.

Mitchell Clarke

  • Graduate stories
I’m the kind of person who doesn’t know if I want to work in an office or out in the field, therefore, surveying was perfect for me as I spend time in both which really appeals to me.

Mitchell Clarke


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Lawrence Alago

Lawrence Alago studied a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy and is a Graduate Metallurgist at Newmont Australia.
  • Day in the life

Lawrence Alago

Lawrence Alago studied a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy and is a Graduate Metallurgist at Newmont Australia.
  • Day in the life

Trent George-Kennedy

Trent George-Kennedy studied a Bachelor of Engineering and Electrical Power Generations and is a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Newmont Australia.
  • Day in the life

Trent George-Kennedy

Trent George-Kennedy studied a Bachelor of Engineering and Electrical Power Generations and is a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Newmont Australia.
  • Day in the life

Lawrence Alago

Lawrence Alago studied a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy and is a Graduate Metallurgist at Newmont Australia.
  • Day in the life

Lawrence Alago

Lawrence Alago studied a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy and is a Graduate Metallurgist at Newmont Australia.
  • Day in the life

Trent George-Kennedy

Trent George-Kennedy studied a Bachelor of Engineering and Electrical Power Generations and is a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Newmont Australia.
  • Day in the life

Trent George-Kennedy

Trent George-Kennedy studied a Bachelor of Engineering and Electrical Power Generations and is a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Newmont Australia.