Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Lafarge North America President & CEO 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. Helpful (1)

    Administrative Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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!


  2. Excellent fun environment to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Temp in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Temp in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best companies I have always worked for. Most of the employees that are here have been here for quite a long time. Focus on safety and health.

    Cons

    Downsizing has made an impact and cleared out a lot of employees over the last few years

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Great company, Great benefits, limited growth potential

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working relationship with my team, loved working for Lafarge. Learned a lot and gained a lot of experience
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Limited job growth in my role
    Working in a regional office sometimes felt not a part of corporate
    Lack of career mobility

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to develop people with high potential.


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  5. It's a wonderful place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Bogalusa, LA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Bogalusa, LA

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good safety training,pays good,training good,benafits good,employee are great

    Cons

    Work can get slow at times


  6. One of the best companies to work for. Retain employees for a long time. Respect safety of employee.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 Management

    None.


  7. Good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Accountant in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Accountant in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really good benefits that include medical, dental, vision, 401k, life, disability, reimbursements for gym memberships and awesome maternity leave policy! Most management is capable and attentive and they really focus on developing their employees to advance. Low turn-over and great employee morale. Flex-time and ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Business structure and environment CONSTANTLY and QUICKLY changes so if you're not used to working in a fast paced, constantly evolving environment, this would not be the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    With all the constant changes, communicate plans better.


  8. Employee centered company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are really focused on making the employees happy. They try to empower all employees and managers to control their own area of responsibility.

    Cons

    In trying to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one. Too much read tape in trying to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    stream line the decision making process, git rid of all the committees and teams and allow the subject matter experts to do their jobs.


  9. Challenging and educational

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, HR promotes 2-way feedback during reviews, promotes constant professional development, strict committment to safety at every location

    Cons

    Lack of communication and last minute urgent requests from parent company in Paris cause undue stress and overtime for many departments

    Advice to Management

    look within your departments for promotion opportunities before going outside the company and push back on some of the illogical requests from Paris


  10. Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Provides great work/life balance, competitive salaries and compensation packages, opportunities for advancement, and learning opportunities both internally and externally. A great place to work overall. Relocation opportunities exist, within North America, and abroad.

    Cons

    Some (not all) advancement opportunities may require relocation - but if you're open to that, great opportunities do exist.

    Advice to Management

    When our markets do eventually return, hopefully lessons we've learned during this downturn will not be forgotten


  11. Helpful (1)

    Manager in training

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager In Training in Presque Isle, MI
    Former Employee - Manager In Training in Presque Isle, MI

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 Management

    Keep 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.



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