Holcim Reviews

Updated February 1, 2015
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  1. Procurement Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for! Perfect multicultural experience with wide open geographic opportunities!

    Cons

    At risk of losing its identity and integrity while continue growing.

    Advice to Management

    Know your history! What you did is what have you here! Never forget it!

  2. accounting analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good start for the new immigration. Benefit is ok.

    Cons

    salary is not high, and a lot of overtime.

  3. Plant chief

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Chief in San Salvador (El Salvador)
    Former Employee - Plant Chief in San Salvador (El Salvador)

    I worked at Holcim

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and career oportunities abroad. The training is in most cases the best around.

    Cons

    Poor labor environment. Sometimes it is more important what someone says or feels instead of objective data.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the informal talking

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  5. Helpful (3)

    My years with Holcim

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great collaborative culture between peers with very professional and extremely dedicated people. Projects offer opportunity of international exposure and good learning experiences. Path to personal growth exists - but you really need to know the right people. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Personal development largely dependent on contacts and relation to higher managers. Some parts of the company are ignored by senior management, who plays them for political gain. Very slow decision making with opaque processes. Treats people too often as dispensable and replaceable. Too conservative in many respects, acts slow to take up innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk and put your people first and work on improving your people promotion processes that remain too contact focused/applied erratically. Take care not to lose the collaborative culture of the company.

  6. Internal politics driven

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Couple years back was a great place to work - great leaders, colleagues,culture. Creativity and minds were rewarded. Salaries were fare and overall stability was sensible. Some departments are still holding on to former company culture, which still inspires.

    Cons

    No career perspective for even high performing individuals with proven track record of results. This company practically is chasing away minds and values only a certain type of attitude. Decision making is not transparent and very slow.

    Advice to Management

    To be more result oriented and limit the promotion of people who talk, present and steal ideas of others, but add no real value to the firm.

  7. Obey the guards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Nueva San Salvador (El Salvador)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Nueva San Salvador (El Salvador)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and oportunities to learn best practices of the business around the world in different cultures and countries.

    Cons

    Top senior management keeps their practices used 20 years ago, where guards have the last word over any first or medium management level.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you know about modern leadership and coaching. Trust your people.

  8. Stable company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Holderbank (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Holderbank (Switzerland)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Global company leading in its field.

    Cons

    Fairly hard to move internally. Tenure is essential for progression.

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility and openness to change will help to attract and retain high potential employees.

  9. Great place to learn and travel the world, also to gain network. Good pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Holcim full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to get vast network and travel the world

    Cons

    Poor internal communication, very slow, bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal communication, cut paper work

  10. Helpful (2)

    Not really good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sale Officer in Taguig (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Sale Officer in Taguig (Philippines)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good compensation and benifits is good, but other Regional Operating Head and Area Sales Manager are enjoying accusing their people.

    Cons

    Holcim is good but there are some higher management employee (ROH) that no heart at all. They accusing their employee; dismissed without proper process.

    Advice to Management

    Please be stick to the policy, if the employee are accused for doing bad things, please deeply know where it came from, why things happened, and give them the due process. Create a steering committee, ask 3rd party to conduct investigation, and if possible, have an audit before giving their final decision.

  11. Previous was GOOD, now TERRIBLE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good opportunities to go oversea for learning purpose

    Cons

    -Double standard
    -Only rely on one employee to carry the task
    - Salary package / offered has not competitive

    Advice to Management

    Improve salary package / offered / benefit to employees

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