Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. It was fun while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    The company was very generous with their employees (i.e. benefits, bonuses, cell phone, T&E card). When the times are good, it was nice for the employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately times were not always good and the company structure kept changing. I've survived three layoffs in the 7 years I was there, but didn't survive the fourth. At the time, the severance was also generous too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. readi-mix

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    dealing with people and the enviroment

    Cons

    long hours heavy equipment dangerous to health.

  3. Good place to work, with some French influence

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    Benefits, corporate environment, follow all laws and regs

    Cons

    Some edicts come from France, often different culturally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let someone help adjust things for US culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Overall great company

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The majority of the employees are really nice and most believe in team work. Great opportunity to learn and grow. The salary and benefits were wonderful. The work life balance for me, initially, was great. My hiring supervisor understood and valued the importance of family and knew that a person with a great work/life balance was essentially a great employee.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent communication between the uppers and lowers and in many cases, lack of communication between the uppers and uppers. Lack of consistent follow through on things that have been discussed which made it difficult to know what direction the company was going in. Once they get through the pangs of restructuring all will be well again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate clear information and directives and then follow through.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent, the salary range was great and they believe in work/life balance and continual learning, both on and off the job.

    Cons

    Communication and reduction in force/layoffs/terminations need to be handled in a better way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak with one voice and honor what you say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great company , big jobs means a lot of $

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    Current Employee - Driver in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Driver in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot of home time when it rains, but you can make a weeks pay in two days on a big job.

    Cons

    No minimum pay for rainy week, which somtimes can hurt if you dont save for rainy days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work saftey first great driver manager very involved in driver saftey

  8. Good company but could be better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great management. Lot of down to earth people who don't bother you as long as you do what you are supposed to do.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities and training that would result in more internal promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Encouraged and Appreciated

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    I was always encouraged and appreciated for my Executive Assistance work at Lafarge NA in the Aggregates Division. I was given opportunity to serve on committees outside my area, which assisted greatly in my growth as an Executive Assistant and also provided the variety to keep me excited about my work.

    Cons

    They (Lafarge NA) hung on to managers that were rude, demanding, and demeaning to other employees -- not necessarily his charges, either. Lafarge should have let him go. This cause low morale within all areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of the affect negative management has on those serving him or her. Negativity has a definite impact on work production and morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    In order to move up the ladder you have to move to different locations. Unfortunately most of the location are not located near a large metropolitan city. Your career is what you make of it.

    Cons

    In big plants you are expected to work more than 40 hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Poor communication between France and America

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    Former Employee - Plant Manager in North Metro, GA
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in North Metro, GA

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

    Pros

    Outstanding Company, that produced high tech products.
    Poor management forced the company, in the Denver area to its knees. Lots of potential from previous employees that were unsatisfied and moved on.

    Cons

    Great insurance benefits, none can be surpassed working for Lafarge. They really knew how to take care of their people for long haul.
    Unfortunate that the company was sold in 2011 to Martin Marietta, or should I say Suburban. Lots of the employees who quit Lafarge between 2006 and 2010 returned under Suburban to supervise the entire front range. This company is doing well now (Martin) but will fail under the same management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time in the field, and realize each market area is different. Don't rely on management's opinion for the complete operation. Communicate with workers more, they are your frontline information source.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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