Lafarge North America

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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
68 Reviews
3.3
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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    QA/QC

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Denver, CO

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

    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
  2.  

    Mostly positive

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Timonium, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Timonium, MD

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

    Pros

    My 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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be around more and communicate to your people what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at Lafarge North America part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible, great staff, good company

    Cons

    some restructuring while I was employed

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Safety Manager
    Former Employee - Safety Manager

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

    Pros

    Lafarge 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.

    Cons

    Lafarge 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 ManagementAdvice

    Its 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    lots of work for not much pay

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    good working eviroment and people

    Cons

    over worked, low paying, no time off

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Financial Accountant  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Accountant in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time for 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
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    Empty

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    their knowledge in the field

    Cons

    try every thing cheap and half done, with issues later on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at long term plans and life time cost of projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to make money when the economy was good.

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    Former Employee - Utilityman  in  Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Utilityman in Waukegan, IL

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

    Pros

    Being in a union, we had great wages, plenty of overtime, business was good.

    Cons

    When business stopped, lay-offs were by seniority and the hard workers were the first ones to go. Upper management had no clue how we ran the plant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should dig deeper on how our plant worked instead of assuming.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Territory Sales manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary, Fair bonus good over-all moral.

    Cons

    Uncertain times in the industry I'm in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Crony-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 ManagementAdvice

    Company needs new ideas from talented leadership outside of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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