Orica Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mining Engineer
    Former Employee - Mining Engineer

    Pros

    There is great opportunity for development

    Cons

    There seem to be a lack of openness with employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    Terrible company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator A in Marion, IL
    Current Employee - Operator A in Marion, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good, one of the best around here. Most of the people are friendly too. The first year was enjoyable

    Cons

    Most of the machines are old and junk. You work most Saturday's the plant stays close to 120 degrees in the summer time

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade machines


  3. Helpful (1)

    Human Resources Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orica full-time

    Pros

    Great pay. Location was great, away from rush hour traffic.

    Cons

    Constant change of management. Horrible micro managers. Very different standards/benefits for salary and hourly employees.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Sinking Fast

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There have been some great people to work for this company.

    Cons

    There have been even more horrible people to work for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Even if any advice were given management isn't going to listen. There is no communication at Orica.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Complete Chaos

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Watkins, CO
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Watkins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Orica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Orica used to be a decent - not great but decent - place to work. Opportunities for advancement and most people were professional and ethical. Compensation like bonuses used to be pretty good.

    Cons

    People are being let go due to downsizing with no respect, and the business is being run by bullies. Look it up - the CEO was just let go for bullying, and this behavior is rewarded for upper management. Bonus and stock plans have little to no payout and the insurance plans are worse every year and more expensive. Wage freeze to come.

    Advice to Management

    Mining is a tough market, but treating people with respect is free. Reward people for acting like professionals. Orica is losing the people you need to keep, and the non-performers are staying because of favoritism and treatment.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "It's Orica....what do you expect!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and 401K match that is offset by an unacceptable time-off policy, tuition reimbursement program that is routinely denied by local management for job related studies, comical yearly merit increases, inconsistent yearly performance bonuses, expensive health insurance, increased travel costs due to E470, and broken car windshields from unacceptable road conditions around the office.

    Cons

    Regional and global management are entirely disconnected; vision, ideas and objectives to sustain and move the business forward are not aligned. Structure, process and systems are nonexistent. Excessive amounts of global and regionally directed layoffs, turnover and demotions. Certain areas within the business may add value from a professional development perspective, other areas provide a paycheck and wasted time and effort due to managements inability to change their ways and support/listen to their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication within the local office, align yourselves with corporate, and start investing in employee development rather than investing in non-value adding activities. Continued efforts to restructure the business has provided no value and eliminates all data transparency that is critical to run the business.


  8. Helpful (1)

    SAP Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - SAP Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Orica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, good people, training opportunities are ok, good vacation or time-off policies.

    Cons

    Global work, so have to attend late night meetings or early morning meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Retain good talent.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Tumultuous

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great global experience draws exceptional talent. Employees who demonstrate the willingness and ability to ascend will often be afforded the opportunity.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, most good talent leave once they realize that local management has no voice into global administration and employees are considered disposable. Orica practices "what not to do" regarding employees healthy work-life balance. Innovative thought leadership does not cascade down through the ranks.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Not a good place to work, orica driver

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DRIVER/TECH in Gold Hill, NC
    Former Employee - DRIVER/TECH in Gold Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You came home ever night.

    Cons

    Work you 15-16 hrs a day and the next day they would let you off to loose your overtime. Mgmt. was terrible. I worked a little over 10 years with no advancement and no recognition of the job I did.

    Advice to Management

    Get better mgmt.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Was a great company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watkins, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watkins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Orica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a great group of people at the Watkins office. Trying hard to make the most of a challenging time.

    Cons

    Upper management micromanages people and this, along with other factors, contributes to very poor morale. Lots of conflicting goals between departments makes it hard to get things done.



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