Lafarge North America

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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
68 Reviews

3.4
68 Reviews
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not very diverse

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Southfield, MI

    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.

  2.  

    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

    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
  3.  

    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
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Alpharetta, GA

    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
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  5.  

    it's a good ride

    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

    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

  6.  

    Poor communication between France and America

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Manager  in  North Metro, GA
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in North Metro, GA

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lafarge - your plant experience may vary with your plant manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

    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
  8.  

    Excellent career & learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Coordinator  in  Joppa, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance Coordinator in Joppa, IL

    Pros

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Look at the recent employee survey and figure it out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Deteriorating infrastructure

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    Former Employee - Safety Advisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good hard working people. Accepts change easily. They historically have been able to take practically nothing and make something of it.

    Cons

    Management is somewhat snobbish. New management pushed out most of the knowledgeable experienced managers and replaced with a good buddy system that rewards each other. They sell an idea that they can do it better by quickly identifying what's wrong and are quick to implement a new system instead of fixing or improving on what is already in place and then move on. Company has been cash strapped for a while. Much of the asset equipment is deteriorating. They are shrinking in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build on the infrastructure that is in place. There are no more quick fixes, look to make steady improvements. You have launch enough programs its time to take a few of the older ones, dust them off and try to build on them. Hire experienced people in their job profession. Your computer filing systems, department documentation systems are week non existent. Try to reward the individuals that can take what already in place, use it, and are willing to improve on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    QA/QC

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

    Pros

    Challenging, unique opportunity, interesting projects, exciting products

    Cons

    cyclical, heavily dependent upon demand, infrequent developmental roles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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