Lafarge North America

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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
72 Reviews
3.0
72 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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  1.  

    Absence of Career advancement opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Performance Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Performance Director in Chicago, IL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus culture on performance, reward learning from mistakes over optics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company , big jobs means a lot of $

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Driver in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot of home time when it rains, but you can make a weeks pay in two days on a big job.

    Cons

    No minimum pay for rainy week, which somtimes can hurt if you dont save for rainy days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work saftey first great driver manager very involved in driver saftey

  3.  

    Good company but could be better.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Great management. Lot of down to earth people who don't bother you as long as you do what you are supposed to do.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities and training that would result in more internal promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Encouraged and Appreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    I was always encouraged and appreciated for my Executive Assistance work at Lafarge NA in the Aggregates Division. I was given opportunity to serve on committees outside my area, which assisted greatly in my growth as an Executive Assistant and also provided the variety to keep me excited about my work.

    Cons

    They (Lafarge NA) hung on to managers that were rude, demanding, and demeaning to other employees -- not necessarily his charges, either. Lafarge should have let him go. This cause low morale within all areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of the affect negative management has on those serving him or her. Negativity has a definite impact on work production and morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not very diverse

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great hours, break areas and lunchrooms always well stocked with coffee and other beverages free of charge

    Cons

    Many departments weren't as diverse as far as age and race.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand more opportunities to lower employees.....favoritism is very apparent.

  7.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    In order to move up the ladder you have to move to different locations. Unfortunately most of the location are not located near a large metropolitan city. Your career is what you make of it.

    Cons

    In big plants you are expected to work more than 40 hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    it's a good ride

    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    medium to large environment depends on what you are working for

    Cons

    a lot of managers in IT have no skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a better management team to work together

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Poor communication between France and America

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding Company, that produced high tech products.
    Poor management forced the company, in the Denver area to its knees. Lots of potential from previous employees that were unsatisfied and moved on.

    Cons

    Great insurance benefits, none can be surpassed working for Lafarge. They really knew how to take care of their people for long haul.
    Unfortunate that the company was sold in 2011 to Martin Marietta, or should I say Suburban. Lots of the employees who quit Lafarge between 2006 and 2010 returned under Suburban to supervise the entire front range. This company is doing well now (Martin) but will fail under the same management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time in the field, and realize each market area is different. Don't rely on management's opinion for the complete operation. Communicate with workers more, they are your frontline information source.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lafarge - your plant experience may vary with your plant manager

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

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

    Pros

    A good plant manager makes all the difference

    Cons

    A bad plant manager can make for long days, weeks, years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware that you may want to validate what a plant manager tells you. The recent "great place to work" survey indicates we may not feel appreciated / valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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