Lafarge North America
3.2 of 5 64 reviews
www.lafarge-na.com Reston, VA 5000+ Employees

Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull

John Stull


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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The benefits are excellent, the salary range was great and they believe in work/life balance and continual learning, both on and off the job"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Great people, nice benefits, good opportunities for growth"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "This results in dissention among the North American company and distrust/resentment of the French leadership"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Salaries slightly lower than other industries"
    in 3 reviews
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    One of the best companies to work for. Retain employees for a long time. Respect safety of employee.

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Alpharetta, GA

    ProsStable environment with room to grow. Large organization to learn from. Lafarge has a nice salary structure and health benefits package. The company values safety more than many others and although the process of working safely for some is a pain in the rear, I welcomed it.

    ConsNot many. A down or slow economy creates a "doom and gloom" atmosphere and "do more with less" attitude, but most all industries will experience the same. The cement manufacturing & distribution industry is like a roller coaster ride.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    it's a good ride

    IT Analyst (Former Employee)

    Prosmedium to large environment depends on what you are working for

    Consa lot of managers in IT have no skills

    Advice to Senior Managementget a better management team to work together

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    Poor communication between France and America

    Plant Manager (Former Employee)
    North Metro, GA

    ProsOutstanding Company, that produced high tech products.
    Poor management forced the company, in the Denver area to its knees. Lots of potential from previous employees that were unsatisfied and moved on.

    ConsGreat insurance benefits, none can be surpassed working for Lafarge. They really knew how to take care of their people for long haul.
    Unfortunate that the company was sold in 2011 to Martin Marietta, or should I say Suburban. Lots of the employees who quit Lafarge between 2006 and 2010 returned under Suburban to supervise the entire front range. This company is doing well now (Martin) but will fail under the same management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend time in the field, and realize each market area is different. Don't rely on management's opinion for the complete operation. Communicate with workers more, they are your frontline information source.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lafarge - your plant experience may vary with your plant manager

    Process Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsA good plant manager makes all the difference

    ConsA bad plant manager can make for long days, weeks, years

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe aware that you may want to validate what a plant manager tells you. The recent "great place to work" survey indicates we may not feel appreciated / valued.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent career & learning experience

    Maintenance Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Joppa, IL

    ProsLafarge has a nice salary structure and health benefits package. The company values safety more than many others and although the process of working safely for some is a pain in the rear, I welcomed it.

    ConsNot many. A down or slow economy creates a "doom and gloom" atmosphere and "do more with less" attitude, but most all industries will experience the same. The cement manufacturing & distribution industry is like a roller coaster ride.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Look at the recent employee survey and figure it out

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere was a time that the company was making good decisions and gave credit to the actual working class, ie less than manager.

    ConsEverybody for themselves. Your good ideas get taken away and given credit to who ever is the most dominant. There is very little opportunity to advance in the company, training is virtually non existent. Seems like nobody but the current managers are capable of doing a good job. Try using a 10 year old lap top to get work done. 2% raises are considered very good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLafarge has put pure managers in place and has NO leaders. The constant negativity and finger pointing needs to stop. Where is the team.

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

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    Deteriorating infrastructure

    Safety Advisor (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood hard working people. Accepts change easily. They historically have been able to take practically nothing and make something of it.

    ConsManagement is somewhat snobbish. New management pushed out most of the knowledgeable experienced managers and replaced with a good buddy system that rewards each other. They sell an idea that they can do it better by quickly identifying what's wrong and are quick to implement a new system instead of fixing or improving on what is already in place and then move on. Company has been cash strapped for a while. Much of the asset equipment is deteriorating. They are shrinking in the US.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild on the infrastructure that is in place. There are no more quick fixes, look to make steady improvements. You have launch enough programs its time to take a few of the older ones, dust them off and try to build on them. Hire experienced people in their job profession. Your computer filing systems, department documentation systems are week non existent. Try to reward the individuals that can take what already in place, use it, and are willing to improve on it.

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

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    Quality Assurance (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsChallenging, unique opportunity, interesting projects, exciting products

    Conscyclical, heavily dependent upon demand, infrequent developmental roles

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly positive

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Timonium, MD

    ProsMy managers were easy to work with and supportive. I was able to take on special projects and was supported by my manager in order to execute. Felt like part of the team.

    ConsA lot of pressure on management. Industry in a downturn and reorganization and downsizing is constantly happening. Divisions did not work well together, did not communicate well and were constantly putting each other down which made it an uncomfortable environment to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe around more and communicate to your people what is going on.

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

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    Intern (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    Prosflexible, great staff, good company

    Conssome restructuring while I was employed

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