Lafarge Canada

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Lafarge Canada Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
14 Reviews
3.4
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pay & Benefits Specialist  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Pay & Benefits Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Lafarge Canada as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Diversity
    Work Life Balance
    Training
    Opportunity for learning

    Cons

    None
    Be prepared for a heavy workload

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible management- No respect given to any of the employees within the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Lafarge Canada full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good
    Some opportunities here and there to learn

    Cons

    -Management is atrocious
    -No praise for hard work-Its just work work work work and at the end of the day you'll get nasty comments from management hating you for no good reason
    -The working environment is based on negativity, not a good place to work at
    -No benefits
    -Usually always have to work overtime but you will not get paid for it. In this industry people work hard but they are treated as slaves which is very sad considering the wonderful people who get hired into these jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RESPECT YOUR EMPLOYEES.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Going through major changes......

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

    I worked at Lafarge Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    *Excellent benefits
    *The people are great
    *Good potential for moving up within the company
    *The company very much values safety, and it's drilled into your head constantly
    *Mandatory volunteering from all employees during business hours - 16 hours of volunteer service per employee, per calendar year
    *Annual bonuses based on business unit performance. If your business unit does well, so will you.
    *Upcoming merger with Holcim - business will increase exponentially, huge potential for increased revenue

    It's an exciting place to be if you're passionate about the construction industry. Great people to work with and it has a growing collaborative culture. Lafarge has a reputation for being the leader in the construction materials industry, and employees take pride in that. There is a lot to learn about the industry - it's a great learning experience.

    Cons

    *A LOT of turnover, at all levels of management
    *Low staff morale
    *Some employees are struggling with work-life balance
    *There's far more work than employees to handle it. More often than not, worked long hours without compensation or recognition - not to get ahead, just to get things done
    *Vacations. You don't get your annual two weeks' vacation until your second or third consecutive calendar year of service
    *Mandatory volunteering from all employees during business hours - 16 hours of volunteer service per employee, per calendar year.. It's not the volunteering that's bad - it's when you're swamped and can barely manage your life around work that it's more difficult to donate your time to the company
    *Organizing a corporate-sponsored social event is like pulling teeth
    *Completely dependent on head office in France. Corporate decision makers in Paris change their minds a LOT. It's almost impossible to keep up with the changes.
    *Information Systems infrastructure is stuck in the 1980's
    *Training to learn essential software programs (ie: A/P, A/R, procurement, etc) is non-existent. Figure it out yourself.
    *IT support is centralized - takes a really long time to get anything resolved....IF it ever gets resolved
    *Upcoming merger with Holcim - many more layoffs anticipated, organizational changes imminent.

    There has been so much turnover over the last couple of years, employees are worried about their jobs....especially those who have been with the company for more than 10 years. It used to be a good family-like place to work, with social events and perks. But things have been going downhill for a while, and there are more changes coming. If you can handle all those cons and put your head down and just work for your paycheque, you might be ok. Ignorance is indeed bliss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fortunately for the company, the vast majority of the people who work here are hard working and loyal and want to see the results of all their months and years of hard work. The company asks a lot of their employees, but the employees get very little to nothing back. Morale is low, and there's little to no incentive to remain there. Some employees have sacrificed a lot and relocated their families for this company, only to be laid off and punted out the door. The 'family' culture that used to exist in years gone by has been replaced with the 'bottom line' culture. Everything is about the bottom line. Reduce spending, but make more money. Do more with less. The company is moving towards a fresher, more modern collaborative business model which is good. But give back to the employees who work so hard for you. The shareholders are the priority, but the employees should come in a close second.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

    I worked at Lafarge Canada full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunities 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.

    Cons

    Health 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 ManagementAdvice

    Place 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Best company in construction industry

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

    I have been working at Lafarge Canada

    Pros

    Great people, good work/life,

    Cons

    It takes along time to prove you are not junior anymore

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Advancement Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Lafarge Canada full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Being in accounting it is a quiet atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic summer internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Lafarge Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Engineer

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Maintenance
    Former Employee - Mechanical Maintenance

    I worked at Lafarge Canada as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of experience in the field and working with tradesmen

    Cons

    Can 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 ManagementAdvice

    Needs 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Management!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control Technologist  in  Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Control Technologist in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I worked at Lafarge Canada as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Lafarge Canada full-time

    Pros

    Was 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

    Cons

    Had 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 ManagementAdvice

    Agree with eachother
    Make faster decisions
    Communicate more with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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