LaFrance

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LaFrance Reviews

16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Short sighted, narrow minded, has-been company.

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

    I worked at LaFrance full-time

    Pros

    LaFrance portrays a work/life balance with a family type atmosphere, with very relaxed dress codes while maintaining a very clean office.
    Worker base is very friendly and easy to get along with. Majority of the workers and new hires are all fresh college graduates.
    Half days off before a holiday are nice.
    Quarterly luncheons help to give you an idea of what is happening with the company.

    Cons

    LaFrance values what the company was, not what it is or could be. They often speak of and praise the owner (now mostly retired).
    They do not operate as a business that is setting themselves up to grow. They appear to be happy with the business they currently have.
    Very much a reactive organization, not proactive, often looking at the market and products today, instead of looking to the future.
    Majority of work force is unhappy for a number of reasons: pay, health care costs (fined if you don't participate in "welness" program), vacation time, job duties, etc.
    Promotions and "trust" in employees comes from amount of time on job, not always actual knowledge.
    2 weeks vacation for college graduates or seasoned employees is not standard, the standard 3 weeks (that most companies give) is not obtained until well after 5 years of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't always be resistant to change, change can be good and beneficial if implemented and executed properly.
    Carry on and move forward from owner's ideals, what worked in 1946 doesn't necessarily mean it works today, don't always talk about how great the company WAS.
    Upper management is not and cannot always be the expert in every aspect of the business, allow and trust those you hire to do what you've hired them to do. Just because it's always been done a certain way doesn't mean it can't be improved upon.
    Lastly, the workforce jokes about the "Path of Least Resistance" required course. This may have worked when the majority of the workforce was not college educated, but now all are either college educated or are seasoned employees, time to drop that requirement. It's no more than common sense using terminology that is slightly altered from the rest of corporate America.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent opportunity in the beginning, so I thought...

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

    I worked at LaFrance full-time

    Pros

    LaFrance has an excellent age diverse work force. Many of my co-workers over the years have become my close friends.

    The office is always clean and inviting, yes there are empty cubes but that is changing with the economy and work load.

    LaFrance has a very unique product scope with world renowned customer base. This offers a sense of accomplishment when seeing completed projects in the market place.

    Excellent job to become acclimated to re-world experiences after college but be mindful or your learning.

    Cons

    Like many have said, there is a total lack of direction and leadership which stems from the top down. One review said it best, " passive aggressive", there is lack of attention paid when good employees resigns. Who, Why, what are the reasons for it? I do not think these questions are properly asked nor are the people responsible ever approached and questioned. If managers are not questioned or held responsible when good people leave only more will follow.

    The mentality of "No one is irreplaceable" rings true within this company if you are not within the upper management reign.

    Medical benefit costs to employees have reached extreme heights, difficult to families, as cost of living continues to increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long look at the leadership STRUTURE and organize the company so your enthusiastic employees have a chance to advance.

    Develop a leadership or advancement programs to mentor emplyees in specific departments giving them the opportunity to advance in their careers.

    Address inter office relationship issue quickly, this will let employees know their value and worth long term.

    oh and a few extra vacation days would be good too....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Pressure Cooker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concordville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concordville, PA

    I have been working at LaFrance

    Pros

    Causal Dress code
    decent group of coworkers

    Cons

    High Pressure
    Low Pay, minimum benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not slaves, you need to show some respect!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dead end...real companies do not operate like this.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Concordville, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Concordville, PA

    I worked at LaFrance

    Pros

    Time off is standard but give half days before holidays
    Very Casual Dress

    Cons

    Lousy Pay
    Lousy Benefits
    No Advancement Opportunities
    Hypocracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont push people over the edge..they will work better
    Don't take it personal
    Your not always Right and listen to your customers
    Your not going to grow with a business structure like this
    Its better to be respected than feared

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid Back Company with Narrow-minded management, no respect for employees

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

    I worked at LaFrance

    Pros

    I would say LF is a very laid back place, with flexible schedule and casual environment.

    Cons

    To sum up, inefficient company.....The upper management is very narrow-minded, they only listen to people who are in the "trust-circle", and they have a philosophy that all employees are replaceable, anyone can do one's job when one's placed in a "structure", they don't invest in their employees so they can grow, very short-sighted, and thus they also pay very low respect to their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No hope basically, I would have to say they need to replace the whole management team to uproot its unhealthy philosophy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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