CEMEX (USA) Reviews

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CEMEX (USA) President Karl Watson, Jr.
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Pros
  • Good co work for, good benefits,salary (in 6 reviews)

  • Benefits and lots of good people (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Big company that goes through a lot a changes very often (personnel and policies) (in 2 reviews)

  • Also once the economy slows down in any way, people get let go left and right (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Join CEMEX and see the world.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at CEMEX (USA) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This company offers young executives a lot of opportunities for growth, education and travel.

    Cons

    Sometimes the US business unit feels disconnected from the parent company in Mexico.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out some new directions for growth.


  2. Inside Sales at CEMEX

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Inside Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Inside Sales Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CEMEX (USA) as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay for entry level career.

    Cons

    No direct hire. Must go through agency first. No increase upon going permanent, although agency said there would be. Position was oversold to hiring agencies by CEMEX. No commission structure.

    Advice to Management

    Start taking into consideration what's important to your employees.


  3. Only upper management matters

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administration in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administration in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CEMEX (USA) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security due to the fact that they don't foolw through and it is left for others like myself to do, even though it is not necessarily in my job description or it is above my pay grade.

    Cons

    Very slow in accomplishing what they set out to do

    Advice to Management

    Follow through more effciently


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  5. If you work in certain teams it can be a good rewarding experience but if you are in certain others it is a grind.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at CEMEX (USA)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are comparatively good and the work load is varied. You are given a lot of responsibility very quickly.

    Cons

    Lots of politics and the pressure to conform to the senior management expectation of giving your whole life in service to the company means little to no work/life balance. Saw many colleagues become 'sick' with stress while working there.

    Advice to Management

    You will get more productivity out of people if you allow them recharging time and some life balance. Also some of the senior leadership have temper tantrums which is no example to set for the culture.


  6. It was a great company in good times.

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

    I have been working at CEMEX (USA)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity, challenge, caliber of workforce

    Cons

    new management, new values not those of Cemex global

    Advice to Management

    need someone that understands the culture


  7. Challenging and intellectually stimulating

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Planning Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Strategic Planning Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at CEMEX (USA)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to some very cool, company-changing projects and strategic view from the top. If you put in the work and show some interest, they'll definitely give you the chance to prove yourself and get that experience.

    Cons

    The hours are long, and the environment is hyper-competitive and not particularly collaborative. It's not the kind of place where people will have your back and offer to help.

    Advice to Management

    The environment can at times be poisonous; there's no real sense of teamwork, and I think that's something that starts at the top. There's no sense of loyalty to CEMEX outside of the Mexican employees from Monterrey. The message sometimes seems to be that people should feel lucky just to be working there, and for a company that doesn't carry prestige with it in the United States, it's a dangerous philosophy or culture to foster.


  8. Challenging and rewarding.

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

    I have been working at CEMEX (USA)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on. Learn a lot. Work with great, educated people who are passionate about what they do. The work you do affects every person who lives.

    Cons

    Currently, the economy is doing very poorly and this industry is definitely the one being most affected.


  9. Great company and work environment

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

    I have been working at CEMEX (USA)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Great work environment. Interesting and challenging. A lot of growth over time. Currently suffering some drawback together with the construction industry. It has seen better day and will probably see them again if it becomes more disciplined.

    Cons

    Top Management sometimes not completely engaged. A lot of nepotism going on (worldwide).

    Advice to Management

    Engage with the business. Get closer to operations.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Flawed Management Style

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

    I worked at CEMEX (USA)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Before the downturn, Cemex was a very aggressive company and that made it an exciting place to work. The company also had lots of great people in mid-level management in its corporate office as well as lots of fantastic folks out in the field.

    Cons

    Though Cemex became a large global player years ago, it is still very much a Mexican company (meaning it lacks the maturity and balance of most global players). It is still largely controlled by a few families in Monterrey (and occasionally as employees we'd have to deal with some cousin or nephew of the CEO of EVP who had a position of authority far beyond his merit). All of the top execs are men from Latin America or Spain. As such, Cemex suffers from a dearth of perspective and a surfeit of testosterone. Hence it took on far more risk than it could reasonably afford. There is also a "Cacique" (strongman) top-down approach in which the little people serve the big people. There are many problems with this approach not the least of which is that it greatly impedes communication.

    Advice to Management

    The problems that Cemex in the US has suffered are a result of the leadership in Mexico, not Texas. Gilberto Perez is a competent and highly intelligent leader. He deserves none of the blame for the company's current condition. He would do well to take more interest in the challenges that rank and file employees face every day and get his hands dirty in the field from time to time. The corporate leadership in Mexico must diversify culturally and should include women. It may be wise to move headquarters to a more cosmopolitan city such as Mexico City or to a major global center of commerce like NY, Miami, Houston, or London.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Not very family friendly

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

    I have been working at CEMEX (USA)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are nice and friendly, some level of fexibility at work depends on departments. Benefit is O.K., but not the greatest.

    Cons

    Not a very family friendly environment, there is no enough vacation time, so it will be hard for working parents.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees



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