Lafarge North America
3.2 of 5 64 reviews
www.lafarge-na.com Reston, VA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 6, 2014
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull

John Stull


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    So-so company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay, but that is about it

    ConsVery 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly positive

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Timonium, MD

    ProsMy 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.

    ConsA 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 Senior ManagementBe around more and communicate to your people what is going on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Safety Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsLafarge 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.

    ConsLafarge 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 Senior ManagementIts 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    lots of work for not much pay

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    Prosgood working eviroment and people

    Consover worked, low paying, no time off

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Director (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

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

    ConsCrony-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 Senior ManagementCompany needs new ideas from talented leadership outside of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not so good experience as expected

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet goals and create strategy, clear evaluation criteria and expectations.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Pelham, AL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut 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.

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

    Concrete Dispatcher (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

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

    ConsMuch 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Big company resources, Big french company bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBig 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

    ConsBureaucratic 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 Senior ManagementI already spent a couple years advising Lafarge leadership

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    Step into the future

    VP- Human Resources (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsGreat benefits and compensation. Good middle management and front line staff. Interesting products and markets. Global scope and well resourced financially. Their competition historically hasn't been very strong. Their customers historically have had little relative power, so when market conditions are favorable they make big profits. Yet there are significant opportunitites for waste reduction.

    ConsFrench management/ personnel dominate, very political, bureaucratic and overly complicated (without reason). If you don't like to travel, don't join them. Strong technical orientation to a fault. Have been internally focused so their rate of learning is less than most organizations. Insufficient customer or competitor oriented stimulation. Personal accountability hasnot been a strong facet of the culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to best practices from everywhere, let go of the French arrogance and old boys network. Start engaging your employees and expect the best from them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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