Working at Dyno Nobel | Glassdoor

Dyno Nobel Overview

Salt Lake City, UT
1001 to 5000 employees
1984
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Manufacturing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Working at Dyno Nobel

Our history is connected to every significant breakthrough in explosives technology.

In the 1860’s, Alfred Nobel, a Swedish inventor with 355 patents, developed and produced revolutionary and safer explosives products including dynamite and ... Read more

Mission: Our culture fosters open lines of communication, encourages good working relationships and cultivates a positive work environment where everyone can grow and succeed.

The essence of a sustainable company lies in its people. Attracting, developing and ... Read more

Dyno Nobel Video

Provided by employer [?]

Loading...

Dyno Nobel – Why Work For Us?


Our customers have learned that they can count on us to offer the best products and services to help them save time and make money. We are the only explosive provider in the world to offer a complete line of commercial explosive products and services.

Our services extend to these industries:


Our full product line:

Our Company Values Hold Us Together 

The IPL* Values are the cultural glue that holds our organization together. They define what we believe in and how we go about our work. They are also the basis on which we stake our reputation as a Group.  

 Zero Harm for Everyone, Everywhere

  • Promote safe behavior > Think safe > act safe > be safe
  • Train and follow safety systems and procedures
  • Identify and control hazards
  • Look after ourselves and each other

Treat the Business as Our Own

  • Achieve the best financial outcomes through controlling costs, minimizing waste and protecting our assets
  • Develop positive customer and supplier relationships that benefit and grow the business
  • Be accountable and act with honesty and integrity
  • Invest in initiatives that secure our future

Value People, Respect, Recognize and Reward

  • Respect each other and work as a team
  • Communicate in an open and honest manner
  • Invest in the development of people through training
  • Recognize and reward in line with performance
  • Work together to achieve a work-life balance

Care for the  Community & Our Environment

  • Listen to and work with the community
  • Treat water as a precious resource
  • Minimize environmental impacts and leave NO legacies

Deliver on Our Promises

  • Do what we say we’re going to do
  • Take ownership
  • Find creative ways to deliver
  • Clearly communicate

Think Customer, Everyone, Every Day

  • Listen, understand and exceed customer expectations
  • Build enduring and mutually beneficial customer relationships at all organizational levels
  • Deliver safe, reliable products and services on time and complete
  • Be the easiest company to do business with

Challenge and Improve the Status Quo

  • Be proactive in seeking continuous improvement of ideas
  • Embrace the change and pursue innovative solutions



*IPL is the parent company of Dyno Nobel









We provide an impressive benefit program

Highlights of our comprehensive and competitive benefit package are listed below:

  • Medical
  • Dental 
  • Vision 
  • Life and disability insurance 
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts
  • Defined contribution retirement plans (such as 401k) 
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Emergency travel assistance

In addition, we offer other personal benefits under Financial, Health & Lifestyle, Technology & Travel designed to meet the needs of our employees and their families.  Your Dyno Nobel Human Resource contact can answer any questions you may have about coverage and eligibility.

*Benefit offerings vary by country

Every day is different and that's why I enjoy my job." 

Verlene began working for Dyno Nobel 15 years ago as a Research Scientist.  She has also worked as a Laboratory Manager and the Lehi R&D Manger before getting her current position as the Senior R&D Manager for the America’s Explosive’s team.  She attributes the R&D explosives success to the talented people she works with.  She says, “I love being a problem solver and having such a talented team to work with. I don't have to be the smartest person to do my job well, I just have to surround myself with good people and rely on them as resources.”

Shift Supervisor Barry Hewitt saved much of the US$14,000 it would have cost to renovate a control room by organizing it himself 

“Barry was the leader of the effort to make the space more functional,” he said. “He volunteered his own time and resources to coordinate building a new operating space. While the entire team in the control room contributed, it was Barry's driving inspiration and leadership that helped to achieve completion.” Bob said Barry inspired his colleagues to work as a team and take responsibility, which was a good example of BEx in action. The project also saved much of the US$14,000 it would have cost to use contractors.

Barry used local materials costing a few hundred dollars to create a professional finish that improved operational conditions.

Barry has been with the company for seven years and leads four to five colleagues to ensure customers are happy and Zero Harm is maintained.

Henry Ford, who was born in the year his namesake and car manufacturer died, was riding his Harley 39 years ago, stopped in to the Dyno Nobel Beckley plant and said, “I need gas money to head south, so don't make friends and don't get to know me cause as soon as I get money I’m gone”.  He hasn’t missed a day since, 39 years later.  

The Beckley Plant is an explosives distribution and blast services center with a new ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO) plant.  Over the years, Henry has worked in the bagging plant and as a driver and shot crew member before his current role as Magazine Keeper.  He also loads trucks.

His motto is ‘Be safe and be here tomorrow’.  Henry said, “I tell everyone every day to come to work, be safe and watch out for others through the day, go home safely at the end of the day and we’ll do it again tomorrow.”

Beckley Site Manager Frank Vance said Henry is extremely efficient, conscientious and accurate, both in his own role and in his dealings with others.

“He takes pride in his job,” Frank said. “It bothers him when something isn’t right. I can trust him.” He said over the years in various roles, Henry had earned the respect of everyone he’s dealt with.

Dyno Nobel Reviews

3.2
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
James Fazzino
11 Ratings
  • Featured Review

    "New Employee, LOMO Facility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisiana, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisiana, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dyno Nobel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have only been employed by Dyno for a week. So far, it has been an amazingly refreshing experience. Everyone with whom I have had contact has been professional, extremely friendly, and very eager to help. From the Talent Acquisition person, all the way through to the plant level associates, all interactions have been pleasant. They make me feel at home, as if I truly belong here.

    Cons

    None yet. I see a bright future ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!

See All 56 Reviews

Dyno Nobel Interviews

Experience

Experience
69%
15%
15%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview
61%
15%
15%
7

Difficulty

3.0
Average

Difficulty

Hard
Average
Easy
  1. Featured Interview

     

    Continuous Improvement/Facilitation Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Dyno Nobel (Salt Lake City, UT) in September 2015.

    Interview

    I submitted the application online, which had several essay questions where I provided specific examples of measurable improvements and use of safety precautions. Then a couple phone screening interviews. Then multiple in-person interviews including one small panel with key stakeholders.

    When interviewing at Dyno, remember safety is very important to them. They manufacture explosives and people's lives are at risk. They take it seriously and even use lots of caution around the corporate office. Measurable success is also very important and understanding how to build KPIs to show results. They are trying to use more Lean Manufacturing methodologies on their sites and in their corporate office, so study up on that. They use Practical Problem solving, Fishbone diagrams, and 5 why analysis and will be impressed if you know how to do those things no matter what role you are applying for. They also use adapted PMI project management and change management methods and are trying to integrate those skills into the office more (particularly stake-holder analysis/map, communication plan, risk management, change impact assessment, RASCI, etc). They have started using the GROW model for coaching. Some people use the Six Thinking Hats. Many people in the office are from Australia and it may be helpful to spend a little time understanding their culture and humor.

    Books that are popular there right now: The Power of Habits, Outliers, Toyota Kata, Leading Change (Kotter), Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Mindset (Carol Dweck), The Silo Effect (Tett), The Advantage, Start with Why, Talent is Overrated, The Strategy-Focused Organization (Kaplan/Norton)

    Interview Questions

    • Are all incidents (injuries) preventable? (Safety is a REALLY big deal at Dyno Nobel and they will ask this question no matter what role you apply for)   1 Answer
See All 14 Interviews

Dyno Nobel Awards & Accolades

Let us know if we're missing any workplace or industry recognition – Add Awards

Work at Dyno Nobel? Share Your Experiences

Dyno Nobel
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or