Lafarge Canada

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Lafarge Canada Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014

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3.8 11 reviews

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Sylvain Garnaud

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Best company in construction industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, good work/life,

    ConsIt takes along time to prove you are not junior anymore

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

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    Pay good, benefits good, hours atrocious, yesterday's management practices today.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunities to move, good pay, good benefits. Good place to go if you want to advance quickly, have a thick skin, are untroubled by low workplace morale and are very aggressive.

    ConsHealth and family suffered due to the hours. Sometimes as much as 36 hours straight. No people development except through experience (sink or swim). Inordinate number of managers were unethical. Too many close calls with safety.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlace more value on the people. Inject some positivity into the workplace. Set realistic deadlines. Be more transparent about results and goals. Partner with unions rather than considering them as opponents. Get into the 21st century with respect to sexist and racist rhetoric. Start making sustainability a priority.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Advancement Opportunities

    Accounts Payable Specialist (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    ProsYou begin to learn and grow in your position with the ability to advance througout the company.

    ConsBeing in accounting it is a quiet atmosphere.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic summer internship

    Summer Intern (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsYou get to travel around Ontario and look at the different plants (quaries, etc).
    Not stressful.
    People are great.
    The company does a lot of events and you get to be part of it.

    ConsSome down-time in between jobs. Some days are really slow.
    Big corporation. And so requests can take time to be fulfilled.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern Engineer

    Mechanical Maintenance (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of experience in the field and working with tradesmen

    ConsCan be dangerous place to work in. Lots of dust and heat that you have to deal with. You may start to cough and sneeze a lot if you are not up for the physical challenge

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds a better structure to manage decisions and not fly by the seat of your pants. If upper management is confused as to what should be done, can you imagine how much more confused everyone below is?

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

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    Great Management!

    Quality Control Technologist (Former Employee) Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    ProsManagement was respectful, great teamwork atmosphere, option to work long hours, staff is treated well,

    ConsFacility gets extremely hot in the summer, concrete is extremely dirty to work with

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up.

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

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    Used to be a good place to work

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsWas a good place to work with lots of room to learn for hard workers.
    Was good comp & ben
    Good people
    Qualified employees in general
    Professionalism
    Not technologically advanced or oriented for users

    ConsHad to be mobile to grow within the company
    Company went through a downturn in early 2012 and major layoffs took place after many months of being informed of the need to cut down costs
    Top management not affected as lower level employees
    French management can be difficult to deal with and very judgemental of people
    No cohesiveness in opinions within management make it difficult to deal with for lower levels who have to put their own manager's directions into application.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAgree with eachother
    Make faster decisions
    Communicate more with employees

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

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    Was great until financial troubles

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGlobal company
    Good network of sites
    Generally good people working there
    Fair compensation package
    Good perks

    ConsShort term focus due to level of debt of the group
    Currently very limited availability for advancement
    Lack of clear strategy from Paris head office
    Lack of transparency and fairness in selecting people for promotion

    Advice to Senior ManagementBack to the basic, make it simple. Have a clear vision and strategy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding experience, although very affected by economical downturns.

    Process Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsPossibility to move around (have different jobs) inside the company. Very rewarding work experience.

    ConsNecessary to be available to move if you want advancement inside Lafarge Canada.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a little more transparent about the organizational changes. There is a lot of rumors about the changes that might be done going around. It is also veru frustrating for the small employees to see cutbacks inside the plants and not see anything being done to reduce costs at upper management levels and technical centers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place to work - Expect lots of restructuring

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsTypically promote from within so there is always opportunity to move up

    compensation is good but not as good as oil and gas industry

    an international company so there is opportunity to get experience in other countries

    Open to new ideas to solve the same/new problems

    If you show potential, you will go far

    Consthey constantly like to change things up with the organizational structure and management. This results in less job security than you would expect from such a large company.

    The only way to move up in a big way is to be prepared to move around. As stated before, they like to mix it up with new blood all the time.

    Their bonus system is a carrot you will never be able to fully achieve. If your bonus potential is 30% of your salary, you can expect to hit only 50-60% of it. Even if you achieve all your objectives, there is no such thing as a full payout.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that your people are what make you successful. Too much reorganizing will cause talented employees to look elsewhere for stability.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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