Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated August 13, 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 (3)

    Look at the recent employee survey and figure it out

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everybody 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 Management

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


  2. Absence of Career advancement opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Performance Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Performance Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has great people

    Cons

    The environment suffers from 5 years of cutbacks, politics versus performance culture focused on Optics

    Advice to Management

    Focus culture on performance, reward learning from mistakes over optics


  3. Company being destroyed by management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are not alot of pros any longer. This company is going downhill fast.

    Cons

    Management is horrible, benefits are continually being taken away, CEO is selfish jerk who is slowly putting the same horrible leadership underneath him, managers work long hours and out of touch with reality, company says they are health and safety focused but that is far from the truth.

    Advice to Management

    You have no clue how to reach employees. Stop taking benefits away. Stop putting managers in charge that have no family and life outside of work. You are pushing all your good people out the door because you put people in management that have no business managing people.


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  5. Horribly managed company that used to be top tier.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits can be okay initially but performance isn't recognized or rewarded unless your a part of the "click"

    Cons

    Too many to list.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, pull your heads out of your rear ends and realize all good employees moral is as low as it's ever been.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Corrupt management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were good at one time, but the company has been cutting them both for the past few years.

    Cons

    Lack of integrity in managers all the way up the chain - they will cover up their corrupt ways and get rid of anyone who speaks up about them. If you've been with the company long enough to build up to a decent salary, they start looking at ways to replace you. They are constantly reorganizing, causing a disruptive work environment. They throw people into positions with absolutely no training and customers suffer from it. There is total lack of leadership. People are made to fear losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of managers with lack of integrity and those who don't give a damn about the workers that keep the company running.


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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


  8. Helpful (2)

    Senior North American Management Forced into Early Retirement with Each New French Dictate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President - Staff Functions
    Former Employee - Vice President - Staff Functions
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were excellent and comparable to the very top USA companies. If you can get to a reasonalbe retirement age those benefits would have been excellent in retirement as well. As an Executive or Senior Manager in ones field there was the opportunity to interact with global counterparts (often with travel to various European countries) and learn views from around the globe was a positive.

    Cons

    The control from France is so overbearing that it makes working in North America a real challenge and prevents thinking and acting in a manner that would be best for North America. While it is natural to expect that the executives of the parent company will determine and control the strategic direction of the organization, it was very frustrating to be a VP in North America and have little, if any, input to those decisions and directives. This is particularly frustrating when what may work in Europe may not in North America. It makes it difficult to get the rest of the North American organization to buy into those strategies when they do not fit all that well in North America. This results in dissention among the North American company and distrust/resentment of the French leadership. Most of what Lafarge owns in North America came by acquisition and thus, many of the former senior level Lafarge North American staff were executives in those organizations prior to Lafarge’s acquisition and were experts in their field. After acquisition those North American experts’ inputs were often ignored and the direction was dictated by a less experienced person in France. The other major problem is that few if any North Americans are offered the opportunity to take on a job in Europe, France in particular. Without that time in Europe your career is very limited in North America. Thus, by the time you get to be in your late 40s or 50s your opportunity for advancement in North America is limited. If you are in a senior level job you are often viewed as a block in a career path opportunity for a younger person, often from Europe and will go back to Europe in several years. This results in the ongoing issue of forcing North Americans ten years before an expected retirement to take a separation package or early retirement that creates all kinds of long term job seeking challenges. Part of the problem is that it is very difficult for Americans to fit into a European culture and we have a real foreign language deficit. Europeans that are potential senior managers often look forward to a North American assignment and since English is the primary business language they have multiple language skills and can interact at all levels in the North American company. An American going to Europe may be able to communicate with senior level personnel that have English language skills but will have great difficulty in communicating with operating levels and in the community where only the native European language are spoken. Still no excuse for the French to not try to fix this issue when North America was once about 25% of the Lafarge SA business.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and accept input from North America about North America. Recognize that there is real talent at all levels in North America. Advise North American staff of career path opportunities and foreign culture/language requirements throughout their career. Provide foriegn language learning opportunites for North Americans (more than just the CD individual study programs) so North Americans can develop additional language skills (French, Spanish, German, etc.) that will open the door to European expat opportunies.


  9. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 Management

    Stop 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Step into the future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VP- Human Resources in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - VP- Human Resources in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    French 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 Management

    Be 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.


  11. Big company resources, Big french company bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big 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

    Cons

    Bureaucratic 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 Management

    I already spent a couple years advising Lafarge leadership



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