Lafarge

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Lafarge Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
69 Reviews
3.4
69 Reviews
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Lafarge Président-Directeur Général Bruno Lafont
Bruno Lafont
36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lafarge offered good benefits like a company vehicle, insurance, and pay was OK (in 6 reviews)

  • Professional, great people, fantastic learning ground for people out of school (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The pace of decision making is slow; internal moves across the different business lines need stronger focus (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is rather severe (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Environmental Intern, Environmental monitoring and compliance work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Intern in Alpena, MI
    Current Employee - Environmental Intern in Alpena, MI

    I have been working at Lafarge as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture- everyone is very personable. Safety is top priority. Great opportunities to grow within the company. The company takes good care of its employees.

    Cons

    Wages are salaried which can be frustrating when working more than 40 hours every week. It is just something to take into consideration when offered a job there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    They're falling apart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations

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

    Pros

    Lafarge offered good benefits like a company vehicle, insurance, and pay was OK. Formerly dominated the building materials market.

    Cons

    You only get training if you're deemed high potential. Bad relationships amongst co-workers. A lot of management is not transparent. Talk a good game, but don't follow through. If you work your butt off it may not matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more upfront about what's happening. You're not breeding a good work enthronement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The talent and value the employees offer is very strong

    Cons

    Leadership is transitioned from strong to weak with a focus on political optics to sustain employement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on performance, teamwork and critical positive environment supporting and recognizing employees whom provide 100% effort .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast paced and hard work coupled with opportunity

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility within role. Plenty of challenges. You are not a number to management, very good about development and training.

    Cons

    Increased workload through the economic changes, wearing many hats.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a sinking ship

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

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    some of the people were fun

    Cons

    leadership is a major problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look around you

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The cement industry is in tough times, Lafarge payscale shows it.

    • 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

    Pros

    Your objectives and bonus are set for you by management.

    Cons

    The industry is in bad shape and what used to be higher paid positions are now well below the norm. They can't keep squeezing forever. The talent loss will become great in the next few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cement industry is not for most people in general. At the plant level it is very hard work and not in the best of environments, hot, dusty, dirty, long hours. The compensation used to be there but not now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company!

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They do care for employees

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and lots of paper work and useless reports

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Purge and change what is not working, less is more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interned at the research center in France over the summer, friendly environment, but work was a little boring.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemical Analysis and Measurements Intern
    Current Employee - Chemical Analysis and Measurements Intern

    I have been working at Lafarge as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pretty decent benefits are given to employees. The food at the cafeteria was really cheap and good.

    Cons

    They don't speak English very well

  10.  

    Great Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Technical Services
    Former Employee - Director Technical Services

    I worked at Lafarge full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive of employee development. Huge career opportunities for people that do not mind relocation every 3 years, and are willing to consider international assignments.

    Cons

    Organization sometimes experiences analysis paralysis, and mico-management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management dont be afraid to empower your midlevel and front line managers to direct themselves and make decisions. Lafarge has great values and great people with world class development and education. Trust them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Used to be a great organization until

    Former Employee - Executive
    Former Employee - Executive

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to offer amazing international assignments and potential for career advancement. It is still an opportunity as soon as the market picks back up.

    Cons

    CEO (BL) is only focused on managing financials for the current quarter. There is absolutely no vision for the future and strategy is sacrificed to get back the credit rating that was lost. The last 4 years here were only focused on cash savings, cash savings, cash savings...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can focus on the future while not forgetting the current objectives (many companies do it every day)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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Canal St East End - Nov2012 - LaFarge (Photo thanks to Flickr user MKE_railscenes, Some Rights Reserved)
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