Imerys

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Former Employee - Engineer
Former Employee - Engineer

I worked at Imerys

Pros

As mining companies go, very progressive and professional at corporate level
Diverse work environment at corporate level - overall, is much more open to change/new ideas than most mining companies
Knowledgeable people at plant level
Opportunity for exposure to global operations
Very good IT and legal support
CEO has good handle on how to run the business and is well respected within the company

Cons

French company = too much decentralization, in some cases
Not a people-focused company, though they would like to think so-outlook on unions and labor is very old school and few visible efforts to improve relationships - attitude comes across a bit elitist
At corporate level they seem to like and/or tolerate some extreme, type A personalities who can be very cutthroat and destructive for their own good - they do not build things to last and it shows - there is significant management turnover and the company is unstable as a result
Lack of coaching/mentoring and completely dysfunctional performance management system
Big disconnect between corporate and the operations - corporate offices are beautiful and people dress very nicely - at mines people wear jeans and oftentimes walk around covered in dust - people at plants sometimes struggle to relate
Physical conditions at some operations would never be tolerated at some US-based mining companies - even the most basic of housekeeping standards are not observed, causing environemtnal and safety concerns for the public and employees
Overly obsessed with legal concerns - lawyers wield much power at Imerys and there's a bunch of them - sometimes too much focus on what is needed to cover the company's tail rather what is ethically right for the public and employees
Lack of mining experience of some senior managers and they don't look the part - some look like they have never gotten dirty in their life
Lack of strategic planning results in constant change at corporate, which confuses and frustrates downstream operations

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Strike a better balance between corporate and the mines from a cultural and people perspective. Eliminate the bad apples in senior management.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Imerys SA - Corporate HQ Paris Imerys SA - Corporate HQ Paris

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)

    I worked at Imerys

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    Pros

    Environnement de travail amical et sympathique au QG de l'entreprise. Leader dans le secteur mais suffisamment petit pour pouvoir apprendre beaucoup de nombreux aspects du secteur du business dans une petite période de temps.

    Friendly, personable working environment at corporate HQ. Leader in the sector but small enough that it is possible to learn a lot about varying aspects of the business/sector in a relatively short period of time.

    Cons

    Il faut être conscient que c'est un environnement de travail très français (en comparaison au caractère international de l'entreprise)

    One should be aware of the fact that it is a very French working environment (in comparison with how international as the company is).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Un des principaux revers du côté du management est la difficulté à changer quoi que ce soit. Peu d'individus prennent la plupart des décisions, quelle que soit leur sphère d'influnce (entre les groupes, recrutement/licenciement)

    One of the major drawbacks on the management side is that it is very difficult to get anything to change. A few very select individuals make most of the decisions, regardless of their actual sphere of influence (ie across business groups, hiring/firing).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Summer Engineering Internship

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Sandersville, GA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Sandersville, GA

    I worked at Imerys

    Pros

    Good work environment, good coworkers, excellent living arrangements

    Cons

    Location, Weather, Travel Conditions, Surrounding Restaurants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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