Lafarge North America

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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
73 Reviews
2.9
73 Reviews
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull
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5 Ratings

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.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to make money when the economy was good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Territory Sales manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (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
  6.  

    Great benifits, Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CUSTOMER VALUE REPRESENTATIVE in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - CUSTOMER VALUE REPRESENTATIVE in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great Benifits
    -Yearly Bonus structure
    -Pension
    - Great location
    -Great people

    Cons

    -Not many opportunities to move up
    -Weak management
    -micro management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not so good experience as expected

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Work-life benefits, social events, networking with other departments on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Senior management highly demanding and stressing employees in all departments. No communication with staff, no goal setting, and strategy alignment within departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set goals and create strategy, clear evaluation criteria and expectations.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Employee centered company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    They are really focused on making the employees happy. They try to empower all employees and managers to control their own area of responsibility.

    Cons

    In trying to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one. Too much read tape in trying to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stream line the decision making process, git rid of all the committees and teams and allow the subject matter experts to do their jobs.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limiited career opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Lafarge offer one of best overall compensation package for employees; it has some intelligent people to work with most of time.

    Cons

    In corporate offices, there are ver limited career advance opportunity in certain position for minorities. It has a high pressure work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management will need to think of ways to retain some of the best people there in corporate office so they don't lose talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent job, but it is very stressful.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Management compensation is very competitive. Benefits are excellent for management and 401k match is currently(2010) 75%. Lafarge is a global company, willing to relocate valuable personnel.

    Cons

    Mining is stressful and the current top-down business approach from France is strangling the life out of all workers, both salaried and hourly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your lack of support for hourly workers will ultimately be the demise of your current business model. Please realize that a large body of workers have no confidence in upper management.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A lot of upper management that does not get much done.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pelham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pelham, AL

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    They pay employees well. A large corporation that moves slow. Too many managers afraid to make changes or suggest changes to improve business.

    Cons

    A large corporation that moves slow. Lafarge has a lot of high paid employess that produce very little. Top heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut upper management and hire lower paid employees that will get the job done. Too many sales people that do not produce or stay in contact with current customer base.

    Approves of CEO

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