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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be great, but, misses the mark due to localized upper management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Concrete Dispatcher  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Concrete Dispatcher in Denver, CO

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Competitive pay, managers pushed and rewarded for developing personnel professionally. Paternity time off for new fathers.

    Cons

    Much of the good base of the corporate culture is lost at a regional level. Regional VP's can make what would be a great company to work for into a hostile workplace. Not enough oversight from Lafarge corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some effective business and systems analysts and listen to them. Concrete division is falling apart. Employees are afraid of being fired for anything. This all comes down to the current regional VP. Norm Moran created the same unhealthy atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Generous Benefits
    Flexibility in your workweek

    Cons

    Work in many rural areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More diversity

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lafarge is OK, but not not very daring!

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

    I have been working at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    Safety is a highlight, Lafarge cares for people, and there is support when you need it (both personal and technical).

    Cons

    Don't try to take any more than a ten-day vacation (unless you're French!). The upper echelons are tight-knit and not necesarily there because of competence. Paralysis by analysis can be very frustrating, entrepreneurialism is apparently a target, but there is no real evidence of acceptance yet. Analyze everything to the seventh decimal place, and then go and do 100 alternate scenarios, however unlikely. Many good opportunities have been lost, but no-one cares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some risks! Hunkering down in this environment is not the way to be a global industry leader once we recover.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager in training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager In Training  in  Presque Isle, MI
    Former Employee - Manager In Training in Presque Isle, MI

    I worked at Lafarge North America

    Pros

    The company is an innovative and competitive place to work. There are many positives to be found as an employee through training, support and advancement.

    Cons

    There are some negative aspects associated with LNA as that they are a large company and you are likely to find yourself remitted to red tape when working on projects. There are some union shops in small sites that inhibit the overall advancement of the individual plants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with the employees. There is already a great system to do so, and it should be maintained, as the employees are the biggest assets.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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