Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull
John Stull
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Pros
  • The work life balance for me, initially, was great (in 4 reviews)

  • Salary and benefits were excellent and comparable to the very top USA companies (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Some edicts come from France, often different culturally (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Decent company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant/Office Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant/Office Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Lafarge North America (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits and salary were very good. The majority of the people I worked with were very easy to work with, eager to assist and quite encouraging.

    Cons

    When management changed, the moral changed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. Implement the policies you continually survey on.


  2. customer service rep

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    one of the fewer companies in northern va to offer pension plan

    Cons

    company shrinks its operations in north america, less opportunities


  3. Production Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in East Chicago, IN
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in East Chicago, IN

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    An easy job to get into and start making money.

    Cons

    Ridiculous amount of shift work. You were expected to basically train yourself because there was no formal training.

    Advice to Management

    Site manager changed so often it was hard to get noticed for you talent.


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  5. Constant Change

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for career development if you are willing to move Salary and benefits is competative Many projects to work on Strong commitment to safety

    Cons

    Too much change, never stable and leads to a lot of stress about job stability Work/life balance


  6. Maintenance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time

    Pros

    Good company strong ethics

    Cons

    on boarding process is cumbersome


  7. Operator/Maintenance

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator/Maintenance in Lockport, NY
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator/Maintenance in Lockport, NY

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is decent Safety is key Optional advancements when available Stable and steady work load (in-season)

    Cons

    -Terrible Health insurance (almost equivalent to NO INSURANCE). Hi deductibles, poor coverage. -Lack of proper management -Lafarge tries to implement "Courage to Care", but it's more about the money. They pretend to care about their employees but they only care about the top dollar. It's no secret, if we can get a dangerous job done safely in 5 days versus 4 days "unsafely", they would choose the 4 day method. - At times we have been forced to work 16-18 hours a day, then we would be expected to be back to work after only 3 hours off. -Machinery is minimal. (If one breaks down, forget about it) There is no back up plan.

    Advice to Management

    -Start treating your employees like they are human beings. -Give us better health care. After all, we pay for it. This is the worst coverage ever. -We are the blood of your company. We are on the front line, fixing and making sure everything runs and operates so the the plants can run. Treat us like it. -Implement changes FASTER. -Bonus Structure??? Safety and/or production. What happened? It's a nice incentive to receive a quarterly or annual safety bonus. At least it would help offset some of the terrible Health costs. -Be honest about where the future of our company is headed. We have families too.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Administrative Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with great salary and benefits.

    Cons

    They moved the company from Kansas City to Chicago, IL

    Advice to Management

    Great job!


  9. Once great, now mediocre company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, network of peers, employee development

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Stand up and lead, instead of consuming all your time with political maneuvers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Transitioning

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kettering, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kettering, OH

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Interesting work. Culturally diverse. Wide range of possibilities to develop a career. Pending merger with Holcim will improve its financial health.

    Cons

    Company has lost many of its core values over past 10 years, too much emphasis on form over substance. More emphasis on reporting than doing.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work on "One Lafarge", break down silos. Stop making major changes in benefits with major impact on employees just to make the monthly numbers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work.... if your dad is a retired stock holder, or you don

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to not actually have to work. If you are looking for a place of employment that so greatly resembles the movie "Office Space" you have found it. Management screws up and gets promoted, or certain members of management aren't even included in the little click and have no responsibility but pull down serious salary, thanks to dad being a retired share holder. To get promoted here you need not do a day of actual work! Simply find the right employee who is in the "click" (you will be able to tell, as these employee's simply walk around doing nothing at all and talking to the other "click" managers doing nothing) and SUCK UP with all you have. There you have it! Follow this career course at Lafarge and you can be President of Lafarge in no time.

    Cons

    Management, Human Resources, decision/responsibility lack of balance.

    Advice to Management

    Find a real job.



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