CEMEX (USA)

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CEMEX (USA) Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated May 2, 2014

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2.9 13 reviews

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CEMEX (USA) President Karl Watson, Jr.

Karl Watson, Jr.

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Join CEMEX and see the world.

    Director (Former Employee) Houston, TX

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out some new directions for growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Only upper management matters

    Administration (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsJob 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.

    ConsVery slow in accomplishing what they set out to do

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through more effciently

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Director (Former Employee) Houston, TX

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

    ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a great company in good times.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsOpportunity, challenge, caliber of workforce

    Consnew management, new values not those of Cemex global

    Advice to Senior Managementneed someone that understands the culture

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    Challenging and intellectually stimulating

    Strategic Planning Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsA 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

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    Challenging and rewarding.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsHands 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company and work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGood 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngage with the business. Get closer to operations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flawed Management Style

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsBefore 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.

    ConsThough 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not very family friendly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

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

    ConsNot a very family friendly environment, there is no enough vacation time, so it will be hard for working parents.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare more about employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Corporate management is blindly running the company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsPlant level people are experienced and have the ability to run operations

    ConsCorporate personnel without plant level experience try to tell each individual plant how to operate. The process is counterproductive. Plant personnel spends more time explaining why/how things work and they are recieving instruction that does not make sense. Overall, communication and understanding between plants and certain corporate personnel is very poor.

    Advice to Senior Managementbefore promoting or hiring corporate personnel, make sure they have lower level work experience. Not simply based off a degree.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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