Orica Reviews

Updated 11 Jan 2021

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3.5
63%
Recommend to a Friend
72%
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Orica Managing Director and CEO  Alberto Calderon
Alberto Calderon
62 Ratings
Pros
  • "Everyone I've worked with at Orica has been very positive and encouraging, which makes for a great work environment(in 15 reviews)

  • "As a very global company, there are a lot of opportunities for someone who is eager to grow and willing to relocate(in 10 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Great Place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Lead in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Orica full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Development opportunities, real global company, diverse workforce

    Cons

    Business is dependant on mining industry activity

  2. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newcastle
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Technically advanced company with lots of learning opportunity

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for career development.


  3. "Nice fill in job at the time"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Management in Gladstone, Queensland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time

    Pros

    Met some great contractor partners

    Cons

    Hard to get work done within current employee culture

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  4. "Great Company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orica full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Exposure and on-job learning is very rich

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of now

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional Leadership"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Orica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive culture - at times and as long as you tow the official lines and nod yes.

    Cons

    - Selfish leadership - Focus on personal gain and interests - Too much focus on form and optics rather than substance - Yes man rewards - always - Extremely diluted and weak assurance and compliance regimes

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "lost"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    salary package and employee benefits

    Cons

    lost its way - leadership continues to get worse by the year

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  7. "Diverse opportunities for high talent"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Analyst 

    I worked at Orica full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed new challenges and interesting project work

    Cons

    Difficult period during global leadership change

  8. "Endless opportunities"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orica full-time

    Pros

    Investment in technology, Remuneration, Office location

    Cons

    Onboarding experience, HR support, Work after hours

  9. COVID-19

    "Joined during lockdown"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orica full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very supportive and collaborative culture

    Cons

    Too large, get lost in the crowd

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Once was awesome. Now toxic."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Global reach. Leader in their market segment. Exciting and diverse work. Met and worked with some extraordinary people along the way.

    Cons

    The culture has deteriorated over the last decade. Management team is full of sycophants. Cronyism is rife. The business has simply thrown away so much experience and talent that got them to where they are, to be replaced by mates from mining companies with no idea about what it means to run a global explosives manufacturing enterprise and little concern for people. Then they leave or are thrown out and the cycle continues. Everyone is constantly watching their back for the next round of heads to be chopped. There is almost no one i know who has not been executed by management and had their full time contract terminated. There is a culture of bullying and harassment that goes with the pressure applied.

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