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Orica

4.0
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Orica Reviews

Based on 13 surveyed graduates working at Orica. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.0
Based on 13 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • 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.

What Insiders Say

6.2
Career Prospects
6.2
Career Prospects
While in the graduate program I don't think there will be a lot of moving up in the company, as we change roles every 12 months. Each rotation however managers will be giving feedback that determines where we may sit in the company after the graduate program finishes.
7.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
7.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
Since 2012 has been improving significantly. Orica is a corporate partner with Engineers Without Borders and have brought down out of date inspections at manufacturing sites significantly to improve safety and reduce emissions.
7.3
Culture
7.3
Culture
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.
7.7
Diversity
7.7
Diversity
We do employee people from all walks of life and tailor a work environment according to their specific needs.
8.1
Satisfaction
8.1
Satisfaction
Learning lots, interesting work.
7.2
Management
7.2
Management
Great manager - young, very friendly and accessible.
7.3
Office Work Environment
7.3
Office Work Environment
Dress code where I am based is smart casual, but at head office locations it may be more business attire.
8.3
Recruitment
8.3
Recruitment
Stimulating and enjoyable. I was given a response after each step with in a suitable time frame. The interviewers were approachable and could answer all my questions. Think about some of the key moments in your life and be ready to share them in the interview. The thing they want to see is someone that is able to deal with change in their life.
6.8
Salary
6.8
Salary
I entered the company at a difficult time in the market, and therefore the salary was not as high as some other graduates before me were offered (in a range of companies). While I was at Uni however I was not earning near what I am now, so going from that to anything is a big step and I'm happy with it. Company credit card to pay for anything purchased that is company related, including travel expenses. Discounted gym membership.
6.5
Training
6.5
Training
There are annual graduate workshops that teach soft skills and also include opportunities to network with company leaders.
8
Work Hours
8
Work Hours
1sr rotation as quite good, 7-3.30 and longer during shutdowns. 2nd rotation, technically 7-3.30 but more like 7- 5 and taking quite a bit of work homework home. Also receiving phone calls when finished for the day. I am happy to work the hours, and I enjoy my job but some recognition etc. for the hours worked would be nice. A bit of give and take on both sides. My bonus or pay increase was similar to others who worked a typical 38 hours’ work week.
8.4
Sustainability
8.4
Sustainability
Graduate Sustainability Committee is great.