GradAustralia surveyed 13 graduates working at Orica. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 13 responses.
The opportunity to travel to different mining sites around Australia.
The team I work with are awesome and the work I do is challenging.
Diverse rotations across the operations of a world leading manufacturer and services provider
It's very flexible and there are many benefits. There is a wide range of work so it never gets repetitive or boring.
Opportunity to develop and learn from a variety of engineers and sites
Dealing with internal employees that do not understand the environment our customers are operating in.
Workplace involves many hazards, chemical and otherwise. Pay is not as high as in other engineering sectors (e.g. mining or oil and gas)
It's quite hard to come into a specialist company as a new graduate with very limited knowledge or experience. You have to work extremely hard to be of any help in the first few years. It can be quite stressful
uncertainty about future employment (although this is an industry wide problem)
Some managers are great mentors and provide excellent guidance, feedback and invest time developing you and your skills. Whereas some others think graduates are cheap labour and don't care too much about your development. Being thrown in the deep end with little support and guidance can be quite over whelming especially when everyone is too busy to step in and help you out a little or provide that guidance you need being new.
Everyone is very friendly and willing to help within the office. However, there are certain divides between the two teams at the office and there could be more coordination at times. All of the managers seem reasonable e.g. if someone is forced to work long hours one day they can generally take some hours in lieu on the following day if desired. There are regular graduate catch ups after work. This brings together all the graduates from different sites around the city.
It could be better in comparison to other mining engineering grads but it's still pretty good. If I was doing my job for the pay, I know there are other companies out there that can do better. But I love the work that I do.
Limited formal training programmes, generally required to pick up knowledge and information from other people. I like this though - graduates have to manually request each individual system (instead of this being set up automatically on starting).
There is definitely room to move in the first 5 years but after that point you tend to become more specialised as there are not a great deal of management roles to aim for in our function within the business