Lafarge North America

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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
73 Reviews
2.9
73 Reviews
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance for me, initially, was great (in 4 reviews)

  • The salary and benefits were wonderful (in 3 reviews)


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

  • This results in dissention among the North American company and distrust/resentment of the French leadership (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent fun environment to work for

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, Great benefits, limited growth potential

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to develop people with high potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's a wonderful place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work can get slow at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    With all the constant changes, communicate plans better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Employee centered company

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging and educational

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager in training

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great employer

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    employee oriented
    people development
    strong commitment to sustainable growth
    safety conscious

    Cons

    slow to react to market changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more commitment to technology and less focus on consensus building

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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