Lafarge North America

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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
17 Reviews
3.0
17 Reviews
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull
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17 Ratings

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.  

    Not very diverse

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - IT Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Current Contractor - IT Analyst in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Lafarge North America as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours, break areas and lunchrooms always well stocked with coffee and other beverages free of charge

    Cons

    Many departments weren't as diverse as far as age and race.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand more opportunities to lower employees.....favoritism is very apparent.

  2.  

    it's a good ride

    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

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

    Pros

    medium to large environment depends on what you are working for

    Cons

    a lot of managers in IT have no skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a better management team to work together

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lafarge - your plant experience may vary with your plant manager

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good plant manager makes all the difference

    Cons

    A bad plant manager can make for long days, weeks, years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware that you may want to validate what a plant manager tells you. The recent "great place to work" survey indicates we may not feel appreciated / valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Deteriorating infrastructure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good hard working people. Accepts change easily. They historically have been able to take practically nothing and make something of it.

    Cons

    Management is somewhat snobbish. New management pushed out most of the knowledgeable experienced managers and replaced with a good buddy system that rewards each other. They sell an idea that they can do it better by quickly identifying what's wrong and are quick to implement a new system instead of fixing or improving on what is already in place and then move on. Company has been cash strapped for a while. Much of the asset equipment is deteriorating. They are shrinking in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build on the infrastructure that is in place. There are no more quick fixes, look to make steady improvements. You have launch enough programs its time to take a few of the older ones, dust them off and try to build on them. Hire experienced people in their job profession. Your computer filing systems, department documentation systems are week non existent. Try to reward the individuals that can take what already in place, use it, and are willing to improve on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    QA/QC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, unique opportunity, interesting projects, exciting products

    Cons

    cyclical, heavily dependent upon demand, infrequent developmental roles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Empty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    their knowledge in the field

    Cons

    try every thing cheap and half done, with issues later on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at long term plans and life time cost of projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great benifits, Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CUSTOMER VALUE REPRESENTATIVE in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - CUSTOMER VALUE REPRESENTATIVE in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great Benifits
    -Yearly Bonus structure
    -Pension
    - Great location
    -Great people

    Cons

    -Not many opportunities to move up
    -Weak management
    -micro management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limiited career opportunity

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Lafarge offer one of best overall compensation package for employees; it has some intelligent people to work with most of time.

    Cons

    In corporate offices, there are ver limited career advance opportunity in certain position for minorities. It has a high pressure work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management will need to think of ways to retain some of the best people there in corporate office so they don't lose talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    ?

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Generous Benefits
    Flexibility in your workweek

    Cons

    Work in many rural areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More diversity

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lafarge is OK, but not not very daring!

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Safety is a highlight, Lafarge cares for people, and there is support when you need it (both personal and technical).

    Cons

    Don't try to take any more than a ten-day vacation (unless you're French!). The upper echelons are tight-knit and not necesarily there because of competence. Paralysis by analysis can be very frustrating, entrepreneurialism is apparently a target, but there is no real evidence of acceptance yet. Analyze everything to the seventh decimal place, and then go and do 100 alternate scenarios, however unlikely. Many good opportunities have been lost, but no-one cares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some risks! Hunkering down in this environment is not the way to be a global industry leader once we recover.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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