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Holcim Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
38 Reviews
3.6
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    enriching learning experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Holcim

    Pros

    great company culture and supportive staff

    Cons

    bureaucratic and a little bit of favoritism

  2.  

    Procurement Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for! Perfect multicultural experience with wide open geographic opportunities!

    Cons

    At risk of losing its identity and integrity while continue growing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your history! What you did is what have you here! Never forget it!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Difficult to get promotions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Guayaquil (Ecuador)
    Current Employee - Finance in Guayaquil (Ecuador)

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    OH&S culture and high profitability

    Cons

    Low salaries
    No consideration for work and professional life balance.
    No way of getting to top management positions unless you are Swiss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No Human resources initiative or interest for career development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    My years with Holcim

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

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great collaborative culture between peers with very professional and extremely dedicated people. Projects offer opportunity of international exposure and good learning experiences. Path to personal growth exists - but you really need to know the right people. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Personal development largely dependent on contacts and relation to higher managers. Some parts of the company are ignored by senior management, who plays them for political gain. Very slow decision making with opaque processes. Treats people too often as dispensable and replaceable. Too conservative in many respects, acts slow to take up innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk your talk and put your people first and work on improving your people promotion processes that remain too contact focused/applied erratically. Take care not to lose the collaborative culture of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Internal politics driven

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Couple years back was a great place to work - great leaders, colleagues,culture. Creativity and minds were rewarded. Salaries were fare and overall stability was sensible. Some departments are still holding on to former company culture, which still inspires.

    Cons

    No career perspective for even high performing individuals with proven track record of results. This company practically is chasing away minds and values only a certain type of attitude. Decision making is not transparent and very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be more result oriented and limit the promotion of people who talk, present and steal ideas of others, but add no real value to the firm.

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

    Member of the Board of directors for 17 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of the Board of Directors in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Member of the Board of Directors in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Holcim part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable Management and Board, positive, constructive and dynamic atmosphere on the Board

    Cons

    Cement is a very competitive industry, technology helps, but market share and control of costs is key

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep developing and encouraging the best people; take calculated risks, think big

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid company with great culture and working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Finance in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice and friendly environment, professional colleagues, multinational environment; solid financials

    Cons

    Slow in decision making sometimes that missed out some great opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More job enrichment by allowing job rotation to different departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent opportunity for career growth as one walk the experience ropes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Holcim full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation in the Industry, freindly-collaborative office culture. Benefit of multiple domain projects, process enhancement learnings, cross functional growth, train the trainder concepts, harp on acquiring trainings.

    Cons

    Too much to do, much less the time. Good learning curve with project cost and timeline control may result in stress, over committment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people, playing games for favors to preferables does not stand long. Quick gains are short term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Holcim full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good employer, Work Conditions, challenges,

    Cons

    Crisis affected the work environement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great company to gain field experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ready Mixed Production Manager in Managua (Nicaragua)
    Former Employee - Ready Mixed Production Manager in Managua (Nicaragua)

    I worked at Holcim full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of training possibilities with international exposure. High standards for operational performance and Organizational Health & Safety.

    Cons

    Slow career escalating possibilities (at least in my country), the working environment can sometimes be very rigid and somewhat monotonous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open more career opportunities for young and talented individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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