LaFrance

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Updated May 15, 2014

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2.3 15 reviews

27% Approve of the CEO

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George Barrar

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9% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Marketing and business development

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI spend 11 years at LaFrance and it was the best education in business that I could have asked for. The company promotes itself as "fair" - which seems simple enough, but I learned in my time there it is actually a huge challenge which they work towards every day. The almost entirely promote from within, which means even though it isn't a huge company - almost everyone gets the opportunity to grow and expand their experience.

    ConsLaFrance gets a bad rap on this site. Short term - promotions may seem slow and management decisions may seem overly bureaucratic. But I guarantee if you put your time in, you will leave with much more than you came with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncreasing the flexibility of the work environment would do wonders for morale.

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

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    Lots of opportunity, appreciate hard workers

    Team Leader (Former Employee) Concordville, PA

    ProsCasual dress, nice work environment, established policies, family owned, managed with the long term in mind, opportunities to grow and develop if you want them and work hard.

    ConsLots of travel which may or may not be a good thing, hard to break through to an upper management position due to flat organization

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let slackers or poor performers stay. It's ok to fire someone for poor performance & who's bringing down moral

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Small family owned company with manufacturing plants in China

    Engineering Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsWill promote from within and willing to create new positions to keep talent.

    ConsSmall company small pay, can change bonus structures on the whim.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a better bonus and traveling pay structure, and stick to it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Short sighted, narrow minded, has-been company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLaFrance portrays a work/life balance with a family type atmosphere, with very relaxed dress codes while maintaining a very clean office.
    Worker base is very friendly and easy to get along with. Majority of the workers and new hires are all fresh college graduates.
    Half days off before a holiday are nice.
    Quarterly luncheons help to give you an idea of what is happening with the company.

    ConsLaFrance values what the company was, not what it is or could be. They often speak of and praise the owner (now mostly retired).
    They do not operate as a business that is setting themselves up to grow. They appear to be happy with the business they currently have.
    Very much a reactive organization, not proactive, often looking at the market and products today, instead of looking to the future.
    Majority of work force is unhappy for a number of reasons: pay, health care costs (fined if you don't participate in "welness" program), vacation time, job duties, etc.
    Promotions and "trust" in employees comes from amount of time on job, not always actual knowledge.
    2 weeks vacation for college graduates or seasoned employees is not standard, the standard 3 weeks (that most companies give) is not obtained until well after 5 years of service.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't always be resistant to change, change can be good and beneficial if implemented and executed properly.
    Carry on and move forward from owner's ideals, what worked in 1946 doesn't necessarily mean it works today, don't always talk about how great the company WAS.
    Upper management is not and cannot always be the expert in every aspect of the business, allow and trust those you hire to do what you've hired them to do. Just because it's always been done a certain way doesn't mean it can't be improved upon.
    Lastly, the workforce jokes about the "Path of Least Resistance" required course. This may have worked when the majority of the workforce was not college educated, but now all are either college educated or are seasoned employees, time to drop that requirement. It's no more than common sense using terminology that is slightly altered from the rest of corporate America.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent opportunity in the beginning, so I thought...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLaFrance has an excellent age diverse work force. Many of my co-workers over the years have become my close friends.

    The office is always clean and inviting, yes there are empty cubes but that is changing with the economy and work load.

    LaFrance has a very unique product scope with world renowned customer base. This offers a sense of accomplishment when seeing completed projects in the market place.

    Excellent job to become acclimated to re-world experiences after college but be mindful or your learning.

    ConsLike many have said, there is a total lack of direction and leadership which stems from the top down. One review said it best, " passive aggressive", there is lack of attention paid when good employees resigns. Who, Why, what are the reasons for it? I do not think these questions are properly asked nor are the people responsible ever approached and questioned. If managers are not questioned or held responsible when good people leave only more will follow.

    The mentality of "No one is irreplaceable" rings true within this company if you are not within the upper management reign.

    Medical benefit costs to employees have reached extreme heights, difficult to families, as cost of living continues to increase.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a long look at the leadership STRUTURE and organize the company so your enthusiastic employees have a chance to advance.

    Develop a leadership or advancement programs to mentor emplyees in specific departments giving them the opportunity to advance in their careers.

    Address inter office relationship issue quickly, this will let employees know their value and worth long term.

    oh and a few extra vacation days would be good too....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    path of least resistance

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Concordville, PA

    Proswork-life balance. you can coast along if that's how you choose.

    Consmanagement clueless on real world. compensation below average

    Advice to Senior Managementnone, they won't listen anyways.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Mediocre Experience

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Concordville, PA

    Pros- Courtesy half-days right before a major holiday (Christmas, New Years, Easter, etc..)
    - Occasional free luncheons that bring some semblance of a community atmosphere
    - Some friendly employees here and there

    Cons- A very cold, stale work environment. Many empty cubes because of a huge lay-off in 2008.
    - Disgruntled employees who don't seem to take pride in their work or innovation. Not much collaboration.
    - An elementary view of how business works and the development and growth that should be taking place. Not very many people seem to know what they are doing
    - Passive-aggressive management style
    - China is difficult to work with because of quality issues, time difference, extensive paperwork
    - Using your imagination to appreciate the products sold. Sometimes its difficult to believe in the products.
    - Compensation is far below industry standard

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in a stronger ERP system. Have an outside consultant review the way this business is managed and systems operated. Hire more IT. Create a formal training program and solid HR policies.Celebrate employee achievements. Develop a mission statement and better identities for the company and each division.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pressure Cooker

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Concordville, PA

    ProsCausal Dress code
    decent group of coworkers

    ConsHigh Pressure
    Low Pay, minimum benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are not slaves, you need to show some respect!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dead end...real companies do not operate like this.

    Manager (Former Employee) Concordville, PA

    ProsTime off is standard but give half days before holidays
    Very Casual Dress

    ConsLousy Pay
    Lousy Benefits
    No Advancement Opportunities
    Hypocracy

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont push people over the edge..they will work better
    Don't take it personal
    Your not always Right and listen to your customers
    Your not going to grow with a business structure like this
    Its better to be respected than feared

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Friendly and clueless

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsFriendly and decent management practices. Reasonable salary and benefits. Convenient location. Small enough to make understanding the operation and people possible.

    ConsStriking ignorance of best practices for information technology and sharing. Stolid immobility in the face of technological challenges and opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe first step in recovery is to understand the situation candidly. This is difficult for companies and substance abusers. The current management is remarkably self-satisfied, so this is a huge hurdle.

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