Lafarge North America

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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.2 65 reviews

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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull

John Stull


50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsLafarge offer one of best overall compensation package for employees; it has some intelligent people to work with most of time.

    ConsIn corporate offices, there are ver limited career advance opportunity in certain position for minorities. It has a high pressure work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management will need to think of ways to retain some of the best people there in corporate office so they don't lose talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent job, but it is very stressful.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Alpharetta, GA

    ProsManagement compensation is very competitive. Benefits are excellent for management and 401k match is currently(2010) 75%. Lafarge is a global company, willing to relocate valuable personnel.

    ConsMining is stressful and the current top-down business approach from France is strangling the life out of all workers, both salaried and hourly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour lack of support for hourly workers will ultimately be the demise of your current business model. Please realize that a large body of workers have no confidence in upper management.

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    A lot of upper management that does not get much done.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pelham, AL

    ProsThey pay employees well. A large corporation that moves slow. Too many managers afraid to make changes or suggest changes to improve business.

    ConsA large corporation that moves slow. Lafarge has a lot of high paid employess that produce very little. Top heavy

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut upper management and hire lower paid employees that will get the job done. Too many sales people that do not produce or stay in contact with current customer base.

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    Could be great, but, misses the mark due to localized upper management.

    Concrete Dispatcher (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsCompetitive pay, managers pushed and rewarded for developing personnel professionally. Paternity time off for new fathers.

    ConsMuch of the good base of the corporate culture is lost at a regional level. Regional VP's can make what would be a great company to work for into a hostile workplace. Not enough oversight from Lafarge corporate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some effective business and systems analysts and listen to them. Concrete division is falling apart. Employees are afraid of being fired for anything. This all comes down to the current regional VP. Norm Moran created the same unhealthy atmosphere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGenerous Benefits
    Flexibility in your workweek

    ConsWork in many rural areas

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore diversity

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    Lafarge is OK, but not not very daring!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsSafety is a highlight, Lafarge cares for people, and there is support when you need it (both personal and technical).

    ConsDon't try to take any more than a ten-day vacation (unless you're French!). The upper echelons are tight-knit and not necesarily there because of competence. Paralysis by analysis can be very frustrating, entrepreneurialism is apparently a target, but there is no real evidence of acceptance yet. Analyze everything to the seventh decimal place, and then go and do 100 alternate scenarios, however unlikely. Many good opportunities have been lost, but no-one cares.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some risks! Hunkering down in this environment is not the way to be a global industry leader once we recover.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Manager In Training (Former Employee) Presque Isle, MI

    ProsThe company is an innovative and competitive place to work. There are many positives to be found as an employee through training, support and advancement.

    ConsThere are some negative aspects associated with LNA as that they are a large company and you are likely to find yourself remitted to red tape when working on projects. There are some union shops in small sites that inhibit the overall advancement of the individual plants.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep in touch with the employees. There is already a great system to do so, and it should be maintained, as the employees are the biggest assets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Big company resources, Big french company bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBig company resources
    Many opportunities to travel
    Competes in an attractive industry. With some real strategy (not just PowerPoint presentations), Lafarge could be a spectacular company

    ConsBureaucratic to a fault
    Executive management more concerned with outdoing the competition (Holcim in particular) rather than in maximizing the health and profitability of the business
    Meetings for the sake of having meetings

    Advice to Senior ManagementI already spent a couple years advising Lafarge leadership

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    Step into the future

    VP- Human Resources (Former Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsGreat benefits and compensation. Good middle management and front line staff. Interesting products and markets. Global scope and well resourced financially. Their competition historically hasn't been very strong. Their customers historically have had little relative power, so when market conditions are favorable they make big profits. Yet there are significant opportunitites for waste reduction.

    ConsFrench management/ personnel dominate, very political, bureaucratic and overly complicated (without reason). If you don't like to travel, don't join them. Strong technical orientation to a fault. Have been internally focused so their rate of learning is less than most organizations. Insufficient customer or competitor oriented stimulation. Personal accountability hasnot been a strong facet of the culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to best practices from everywhere, let go of the French arrogance and old boys network. Start engaging your employees and expect the best from them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Please sell this plant to any of your competitors, we need a break!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Davenport, IA

    ProsDecent Pay. Before Lafarge bought out the company it was a great place to work. Now it is a place to earn a decent living.

    ConsLack of respect from management. Most are fresh out of school with no practical knowledge, but they are told that they know better than someone that has 30 years on the job experience. Time and time again they try to reinvent the wheel at someone else's expense. It breeds an atmosphere of distrust and discontent. What is worse is that they know how everyone feels and they still do nothing to change the system. At the plant wide communication meetings people used to try to explain this to them but to no avail.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating people like dogs, Thin out the top heavy management. The reason this plant set all of the records it did before Lafarge was the people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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