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Updated May 18, 2017
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Orica Interim Managing Director & CEO Alberto Calderon
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Pros
  • Diverse High performance work environment offering exciting opportunities & challenges (in 8 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits for the position (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "I miss this place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bulk Mix Operator in Jeffersonville, IN
    Former Employee - Bulk Mix Operator in Jeffersonville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. All my co-workers were like family.

    Cons

    Plant was pretty outdated but we still managed to be the most productive plant in the country.

    Advice to Management

    Putting some money back into the company would have increased production even more.


  2. "Employment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, great products and technologies. There are great employees working there

    Cons

    Some senior management personnel are looking only at their own interest only.


  3. "Poor management. Used to be a great company to work for. But if you are not part of the "in crowd", forget it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manager in Watkins, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Watkins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers below management level are great. You develop great friendships. Pay is good and so are the benefits. But vacation sucks.

    Cons

    Office is in the middle of nowhere. Not great during the winter or when thinking about lunch options. Also, company is not good at promoting from within. Such a lean company that no room for advancement unless your boss leaves but even then, new management is bringing in their people so internal candidates are not given a fair chance.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watkins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watkins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay was good. Benefits were good. Friday BBQs were good.

    Cons

    Safety is touted highly, but not taken seriously (e.g. hazard studies show a particular task to be too dangerous to execute gets over-ridden by management because they need the task completed).
    Direction changes too often to accomplish anything. This doesn't work well in an R&D environment.
    Middle management could be better. They don't make any decision and simply relay direction from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    This used to be a great place to work. It can be a great place again. Hire people based on experiences/accomplishments, not on "diversity".


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Thankless"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Good pay
    Global work environment

    Cons

    Thankless job
    Poor Management
    Lack of employee appreciation
    Toxic work environment with no direction or one that changes every 5 mins
    Laughable IT

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and reward those that get the job done


  7. Helpful (12)

    ""Doom Loop""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Procurement Analyst in Watkins, CO
    Former Employee - Procurement Analyst in Watkins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The 'diversity campaign' has brought in much wider variety of incompetents than previous iterations.

    With no experience you can land a position far, far above your capabilities.

    You can work in a rural setting with an on-site parking lot radar operator & senior vp.

    Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Management at Watkins is spectacularly atrocious.

    A Nordstrom's suit and pompadour haircut will gets you tree years to vacillate, waffle and fold while impersonating a manager. Nice guy, though.

    Demonstrate that you can cause yourself grievous bodily harm on a bicycle - more than once - than certainly you're management material! Be a bi-polar micro-manager, that'll do nicely. Harrumph harrumph!!!

    Safety, quality, and customer service are #1, until it costs money, then well 'there's no budget.'

    Cube life - The Importants have offices, you get a cube, so they can count your hours and attendance. Also, lurch over on crutches to change directions for the 75th time on 'important initiatives' and berate you for lack of progress.

    Travel bans every year, annual restructuring, chronic turnover at all points below vp. Good-ol-boy/cult religion cronyism. Inconsistent salary structure, raises, bonuses - jobs that get 'appointments' that never got posted for employees. Embarrassing IT infrastructure, decades behind. Willfully neglected rolling stock, maintenance deferrals and replacement schedule extensions.

    Bonus - nah, not for you, and percentage lowered by email, with no recourse.

    Advice to Management

    See R. Budd Dwyer's instructional video.....


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working in Denver is a great perk, although Watkins is a bit of a haul. Genuinely good people to work with, made the job tolerable. The work is not hard, and it is easy to stand out given the complete lack of talent left in the organization after a mass exodus the past few years.

    Cons

    Pretty negative experience all around. The most beauracratic company I have ever seen makes it very hard to get things done. No bonuses to speak of anymore or room to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Getting rid of the old CEO and structure is a start, but keeping a bully like T. Edmondstone around who uses the same bullying tactics makes no sense.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Red Flags"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Finance in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours | Lots of opportunity for growth | Active work environment | On-the-job training provided | Ability to work independently | Creative thinking rewarded | Management really listens | Employees' opinions make a difference | Excellent communication | ... | I've worked with a lot of top-notch people during my time at Orica, and learned a great deal more than I ever expected.

    Cons

    Flexible hours (so long as they include and exceed 8am-5pm) | Lots of opportunity for growth (in patient endurance) | Active work environment (due to constant emergencies) | On-the-job training provided (by you) | Ability to work independently (outside of business hours) | Creative thinking rewarded (with endless mundane tasks) | Management really listens (to their superiors, and no one else) | Employees' opinions make a difference (to their job security) | Excellent communication (six months after the decision was made by someone in Australia who didn't care to understand the impact) | ... | I've worked with a lot of top-notch people during my time at Orica (because they didn't stick around very long), and learned a great deal more than I ever expected (such as the subtle intricacies of office politics).

    Advice to Management

    Communication isn't a privilege for the "grown-ups" to experience behind closed doors; it's a crucial component of operating the business effectively. | Your direct reports are there to inform you of the details, not to make the details line up with the story you've already fed to your bosses. | If we "don't have time" to do things right the first time, then how is it we always have time to do large-scale cleanups afterward? | If we can't afford the right systems, how can we afford the right people? (On that note, the "right people" are the ones who oppose your mistakes instead of perpetuating them.) | There is no such thing as responsibility without corresponding authority. If your employee cannot truly make the decisions relevant to their role, then they are not truly responsible. The issue is NOT that "people aren't held accountable" (as nearly every new hire has been told), but rather that management restricts people from doing quality work because they're playing short-sighted political games. Management isn't willing to commit to a project that isn't guaranteed to put them in the limelight (even if it means crippling their employees' ability to work effectively and add real value). | To new managers: you may think that your prior experience is relevant in this context, but you are incorrect. Orica's methods and values have stood the test of time -- meaning they're entrenched to the point of being impervious to the introduction of best practices and efficient systems. | ... | In closing: though you've clearly already discovered this truth, I thought it appropriate to summarize your attitude toward your employees with this very telling statement: ... "A company that will go to the ends of the earth for its employees, Will find that it can hire them for about half the cost of Americans."


  10. Helpful (2)

    "What a nosedive!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Non-Manager Professional in Watkins, CO
    Current Employee - Non-Manager Professional in Watkins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I started with Minova over 5 years ago. Things were positive and leadership was strong. That ALL changed as Orica dug their claws into Minova. The more systems they took over the worse things got.

    Cons

    I am amazed the things they do which affect employees. I have to travel for the company and they have not reimbursed my last four trips (three months time). They claim to be upgrading to SAP and will reimburse when they decide they are ready. Outsourcing Accounting was also a BAD idea. When will it end?

    Advice to Management

    While Alberto might mean well, I think the managers below him are out of their league. Minova has no guidance and seems to have no idea how to compete in tight market conditions.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watkins, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watkins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orica full-time

    Pros

    -good employees
    -good benefit plans (great 401k match)
    -have a small gym in the office

    Cons

    -employees are unhappy and not appreicated
    -bonus plan was cut in half and barely pays out half of the half
    -salaries are based on who you know
    -vacation policy is not competitive
    -leadership does not listen to employees or value their input
    -little to no career advancement available (unless you are Australian)

    Advice to Management

    you hired your employees for a reason. they are knowledgeable and good at their jobs. listen to them and allow them to have input. hold management accountable. stop giving ExCo huge bonuses while employees only get 1/3 or theirs.


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