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Fast paced, sometimes stressful, sometimes under staffed.

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When I started 13 years ago the environment was totally different. Several changes in IT Senior management saw a lot of ineffective outsourcing, with those who implemented the outsourcing not staying around to feel the (mostly negative, except on the balance sheet) impact.
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Work itself is simple and co-workers are a happy bunch but the access to get the job done is a mission to accomplish.

There are multiple bosses and too many persons to report to and all of them have a KIA - know-it-all behaviour who play the Safety card and eventually dictate the way a job has to be done this stress you out. Most leadership jobs are delegated downstream and end up long hours to complete the additional jobs. Poor planning and lack of personnel and eventually burn outs.


Good colleagues Close to town less travel times


Close to town to end up long hours at work Unplanned work Everchanging rosters
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Promise a lot, delivered not much

Orica are great place for training if your in the purple circle, they promise a lot but rarely delivered on their promises. Moved interstate for a career but had to work so hard to b accepted, so I treated them as they treated me and they didn't like it. Got made redundant and they couldn't even tell me the reasons why !! Worst mistake ever !!


Good training


Not in the loop
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Great Place to work

Great Place to work.It was fast paced but a great environment with plenty of assistance accross teams who collaborated each day, driving to a common goal
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Rubbish upper management

Wannabe Yes management with no people skills, the ones who get put into management jobs because they suck up to the bosses. No pay rises for the last 5 years no wonder they can’t keep good operators.
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Area manager was an arrogant tool. The supervisor was 2 faced and lazy

Area manager was an arrogant tool. Lied about paying next level, refused to acknowledge problems wirh the truck. Lazy supervisor still there. No support when problems.
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Plenty of challenges

Huge disconnect between management and operations, with maintenance stuck in the middle. the Maintenance team are extremely undervalued by both. In saying that there was evidence of some in the past months
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Culture shock

Orica has good potential. However teh culture in the leadership team needs to be addressed in the time I was there there was 100% turn over in VPs, 2 CFOs and 3 VP Finance and 2 VP of manufactiuring. However the direct teams were very good, compitent and friendly.
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Was good to work in and a great team but poor Management where I was.

Work groups (Production and Maintenance) got on well and worked together as a team. Management (those above Team Leaders) left a bit to be desired in their treatment (verbal and attitude) to the "workers". Management also seemed to either not comprehend, to be unable to, or willing to act on changes that would have made jobs easier for others. Basically "I don't have to struggle with various tasks so why change it" seemed to be the norm.


Maintenance and production worked well together.


Management could have been better on dealing with people, their poor attitudes to those below them.
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Variety of worksites

Really enjoyed the job and worked with some great people, but is a very toxic workplace and Bullying from management is accepted as the normal. Not a good culture.


Pays well


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Great company, great people but training was a little slow

I had only spent a short time there but this company gave me a chance, to which I grasped with both hands. There people and culture are second to none, very structured and professional management and training. I would go back in a heart beat, great company to work for...Thanks
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productive and fun place to work for

it was a very busy environment with lots of changes along the way. dulux (the company i have started with) was purchased by Orica, move to the CBD. 1st restructure, then 2nd. Was quite hectic.
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Productive, hard working

learnt how to operate machines, forklift and pick pack, their was no hard part of the job here because if I didn't know what to do I'll just ask then their would be someone to come and help me.
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Product and Fun Office environment with great incentives for a job well done.

Working for Orica was a pleasant and friendly environment, Management was very supportive and the staff were great to work along side off. They had great job incentives and remunerations such as end of year bonuses and rewards throughout the year for work well done. The hardest part about the job was taking abuse from customers whether they were in the right or not. My favourite part of the job was when you were successful in helping a customer achieve their goals.


Working in a stress free environment


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productive and fun to work

I have worked at Orica 13 years ago. The culture back then was really good. We had a very professional Team. I am not sure if i should write my opinion about the Company that have had many changes since than.


We had good financial benefits, like 11% superannuation.


Was a major restructure
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middle management have there hands tied by upper managment .

All operators / shot crews no what there doing all i have worked with are self starters . Education within company is very high standard. Upper managment has lost touch with what really makes a company. The work place culture is very high standard on ground floor each employee i have meet takes there job seriously & with great pride . The job has great job satisfaction on a day by day .


for most part your your own boss


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Excellent workplace and culture.

We need to be very organised to work at Orica. Especially in our field of water and waste water treatment, we would need to be updated with all process and procedures and regulations to be able to work in excellent conditions. Timeframes are our make criteria and it was very difficult to adhere to timeframes as there are so many departments to be coordinating and dealing with. The process manager would actually be a person at the office and would need to coordinate with the field personal.


extended hours of work
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Nice place

Nice people ,very knowledgeable There is a great culture , management do their best to be in touch with employee Orica has very detailed training program for new graduate ,definitely recommend
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excellent work life balance. work hard play hard

Orica has a great work life balance that respects its people. Management is diverse and well travelled which is handy in the global organisation. The teams in finance and friendly, they get the job done and are an asset to this company.
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manager and bench worker

this company was a great company to work for if you did not mind going through all their red tape, the management team and hr teams where great to work along
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Good safe bet for employment

Big company which has safety as their main focus. Job security is good, with great training conduct on a regular basis. Management sometimes comes across a little heavy handed.
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Based on 342 reviews

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3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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