Lafarge North America
3.2 of 5 64 reviews
www.lafarge-na.com Reston, VA 5000+ Employees

Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull

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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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    Absence of Career advancement opportunities

    Performance Director (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe company has great people

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus culture on performance, reward learning from mistakes over optics

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Look at the recent employee survey and figure it out

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Vice President - Staff Functions (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementEncourage 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So-so company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay, but that is about it

    ConsVery clique-ish. I was there for 6 years and felt like an outsider the entire time. If you don't get in with the "in" group forget it. Work life balance was only for upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management is horrible

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Prosthe money, the benefits , and the financial backing the company has. Lots of opportunity for overtime and double time shifts

    ConsThe managers have no clue what they are doing

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a job in a industry you understand

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly positive

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Timonium, MD

    ProsMy managers were easy to work with and supportive. I was able to take on special projects and was supported by my manager in order to execute. Felt like part of the team.

    ConsA lot of pressure on management. Industry in a downturn and reorganization and downsizing is constantly happening. Divisions did not work well together, did not communicate well and were constantly putting each other down which made it an uncomfortable environment to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe around more and communicate to your people what is going on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Selling core aggregate and concrete assets across North America will continue.

    Safety Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsLafarge used to be a great company to work for. Great compensation with bonus plan with many talented employees. Growth potential and advancement opportunites were numerious.

    ConsLafarge in the United States is only a shell of what it used to be. The Company sold many assets the past few years to pay for it's burdensome debt from a middle east purchase of several billion dollars. It was a strategic move that failed and the United States and Canadian operations are paying for it by being sold.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts too late. You missed the opportunity to retain leadership in the United States and Canada. Selling off all your business will only continue to destroy value in North America. Senior Management in France made a terrible error in judgement and now is committed to see it through even though it is not in the interest of its shareholders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    people not treated fairly

    Labourer (Current Employee)
    Meldrum Bay, ON (Canada)

    Prosgood benifits , lots of experiance on different heavy equipment, opertunity to try new things. chance to work with lots of different people.

    Conssome employees are treated different then other employees. foremans would sooner put more work on employees then have to do there job by getting the employee who was asked to do the job to do it.

    Advice to Senior Managementif you are in the position you are it is up to you to do your job to the best of your ability. if you are afraid of confrintation you should maybe think about a different career. do not lie to the employees about what is going on, just tell them the truth so that way there can be no rumours or false thinking by the employees. thanks in advance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    lots of work for not much pay

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    Prosgood working eviroment and people

    Consover worked, low paying, no time off

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of people at the top getting very little done to weather the economic turmoil

    Director (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsMany talented people in the ranks and middle-management. Very committed, long term employees in Operations. Company takes care of its own.

    ConsCrony-ism. Leaders that fail are not replaced. Poor decision making or slow decision making has been costly. Company is no longer able to make critical investments in facilities and technology. Low-morale and lack of confidence in the future of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany needs new ideas from talented leadership outside of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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