Lafarge North America

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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
73 Reviews
2.9
73 Reviews
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance for me, initially, was great (in 4 reviews)

  • The salary and benefits were wonderful (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Some edicts come from France, often different culturally (in 3 reviews)

  • This results in dissention among the North American company and distrust/resentment of the French leadership (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Massive Restructuring Underway

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and interesting market.

    Cons

    Lafarge is currently undergoing a massive restructuring, worldwide. Creates disruption in the business leaving customers and vendors dissatisfied with products and service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring of this scale creates the loss of valuable talent and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    So-so company

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, but that is about it

    Cons

    Very clique-ish. I was there for 6 years and felt like an outsider the entire time. If you don't get in with the "in" group forget it. Work life balance was only for upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Mostly positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Timonium, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Timonium, MD

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My managers were easy to work with and supportive. I was able to take on special projects and was supported by my manager in order to execute. Felt like part of the team.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure on management. Industry in a downturn and reorganization and downsizing is constantly happening. Divisions did not work well together, did not communicate well and were constantly putting each other down which made it an uncomfortable environment to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be around more and communicate to your people what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Selling core aggregate and concrete assets across North America will continue.

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lafarge used to be a great company to work for. Great compensation with bonus plan with many talented employees. Growth potential and advancement opportunites were numerious.

    Cons

    Lafarge in the United States is only a shell of what it used to be. The Company sold many assets the past few years to pay for it's burdensome debt from a middle east purchase of several billion dollars. It was a strategic move that failed and the United States and Canadian operations are paying for it by being sold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its too late. You missed the opportunity to retain leadership in the United States and Canada. Selling off all your business will only continue to destroy value in North America. Senior Management in France made a terrible error in judgement and now is committed to see it through even though it is not in the interest of its shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    lots of work for not much pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good working eviroment and people

    Cons

    over worked, low paying, no time off

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A lot of people at the top getting very little done to weather the economic turmoil

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many talented people in the ranks and middle-management. Very committed, long term employees in Operations. Company takes care of its own.

    Cons

    Crony-ism. Leaders that fail are not replaced. Poor decision making or slow decision making has been costly. Company is no longer able to make critical investments in facilities and technology. Low-morale and lack of confidence in the future of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs new ideas from talented leadership outside of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not so good experience as expected

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Work-life benefits, social events, networking with other departments on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Senior management highly demanding and stressing employees in all departments. No communication with staff, no goal setting, and strategy alignment within departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set goals and create strategy, clear evaluation criteria and expectations.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A lot of upper management that does not get much done.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pelham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pelham, AL

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    They pay employees well. A large corporation that moves slow. Too many managers afraid to make changes or suggest changes to improve business.

    Cons

    A large corporation that moves slow. Lafarge has a lot of high paid employess that produce very little. Top heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut upper management and hire lower paid employees that will get the job done. Too many sales people that do not produce or stay in contact with current customer base.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be great, but, misses the mark due to localized upper management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Concrete Dispatcher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Concrete Dispatcher in Denver, CO

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Competitive pay, managers pushed and rewarded for developing personnel professionally. Paternity time off for new fathers.

    Cons

    Much of the good base of the corporate culture is lost at a regional level. Regional VP's can make what would be a great company to work for into a hostile workplace. Not enough oversight from Lafarge corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some effective business and systems analysts and listen to them. Concrete division is falling apart. Employees are afraid of being fired for anything. This all comes down to the current regional VP. Norm Moran created the same unhealthy atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Big company resources, Big french company bureaucracy

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Big company resources
    Many opportunities to travel
    Competes in an attractive industry. With some real strategy (not just PowerPoint presentations), Lafarge could be a spectacular company

    Cons

    Bureaucratic to a fault
    Executive management more concerned with outdoing the competition (Holcim in particular) rather than in maximizing the health and profitability of the business
    Meetings for the sake of having meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I already spent a couple years advising Lafarge leadership

    No opinion of CEO

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