Lafarge North America

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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
70 Reviews
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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. 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

    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 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
  2. 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

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

    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
  3. 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 (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
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    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 (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
  6.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at Lafarge North America part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    flexible, great staff, good company

    Cons

    some restructuring while I was employed

  7. 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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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