Lafarge Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Lafarge Président-Directeur Général Bruno Lafont
Bruno Lafont
45 Ratings

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

  • Promotes people, great training, top health & safety performer, global network is active (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long procedures before decision making (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Poor Place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cement can run its self

    Cons

    Bad upper Management out look


  2. Lafarge Syria, Very Corrupt Company, Have a Great Potential Misused

    Current Employee - Lafarge Employee in Aleppo (Syria)
    Current Employee - Lafarge Employee in Aleppo (Syria)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary "for few employee only" Training and improvement opportunities "for few employee only" International big company, with good experience for some positions

    Cons

    everyone worked in Lafarge outside Syria tell you that there is a big difference between them and Lafarge Syria, and that Lafarge Syria is not a Lafarge !!! - The HR department role the company, they hire their contacts in the best positions, with the best salaries and distribute the benefits only between them. - There is no salaries policy, some employees in the same positions with lower competencies, experiences and education, get 50% higher salary, because of their contact to the HR "Specially in the HO", some workers get more than specialist, technicians more than engineers,and normal staff more than their supervisors who work with them in the same place. - Purchasing department also corrupted, they get commission of all the contracts and purchases they make, some of them making millions every year, with the cover from the top management and board of directors, or what they call it the "executive committee" - All the cost deduction policies targets the low grades employee "under managerial level" only, and managers can spend all their department budgets on their benefits and expanses. - No effective employee evaluation system, almost all the promotion and raises depend on the relationship with the HR, and how much you willing to pay. - The management spend million on wrong dissensions and no held for accountable - Most of the employees are not satisfied, and they not loyal for the company, only of course for the beneficiaries

    Advice to Management

    - They should be external auditing from the mother company - The hiring should be through 3rd party, and not Syrian is preferable, to get everything in the right place - The head office HR department should be changed, since they are the most responsible for the corruption and the wrong policies - The productive department staff should be more appropriated and taking care of, since they are the real responsible for the company achievements, and less care for the top management and the head office staff since they doesn't effect much on the business. - It should be only tow marketing offices in the main cities "Damascus & Aleppo" and all the other employees work from the plant, that will reduce so much of non-necessary and duplicated employees


  3. Discrimination in Lafarge Iraq Concrete

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant in Basra (Iraq)
    Current Employee - Plant in Basra (Iraq)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall seems good company in Europe

    Cons

    Lafarge in uncivilized countries make people work like a dog. In Iraq Lafarge Concrete no body has a right, GM is king. He is telling lie for his succsess

    Advice to Management

    Change the management in Iraq Concrete


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Lafarge Top Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dy Manager
    Current Employee - Dy Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Don;t Go in Lafarge for work , will spoil the future

    Cons

    3rd Class HR & Top Management , Inexperienced people Leading the teams of Experienced , Not proper HR Policies for Employee ,force for Seniors reporting to Juniors ,

    Advice to Management

    Leave the posts if cant manage


  6. Helpful (1)

    management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to meet people from all over the world, open culture up to a certain level (generally director and below), used to be great at one time. If you have a good manager, you are encouraged to grow and contribute, but there are fewer left, even the good ones likely wait for their package.

    Cons

    The employee cycle at Lafarge is: get hired, work as hard as you can, maybe get promoted / rotated a few times, get sold off or packaged out. Employees are numbers, at one time the HR was sending paper mail (great IT systems) with "hey employee number, is how much you are costing Lafarge". There are stories with people being lined up on a hallway to receive the pink slip. My favorite HR process at Lafarge was the quasi-mandatory 3 year overseas (expat)/ rotational management assignment - this ensured that every senior manager would ultimately reach the Peter Principle level much faster than in other companies! From a certain level in the organization, management is completely closed to ideas, and acts like in the years of the French kings (we have a visit from the King to the plant). Very French centric even though the official language is English, very centralized and out of touch, with some absurd solutions (trying to transplant processes from Africa to North America). Since the disaster acquisition in 2008 in Egypt, customer comes last, cost cutting comes first, and all departments try to shift cost and work to other departments. If you are a customer, know the people who pick up the phone have likely double or triple the workload from 5 years ago. No real strategy to talk of, except for cost cutting. No vision, this company only works because it has a localized quasi-monopoly, and there's a high barrier of entry. With the merger, at least a third of the people have to go in a year or so, so can't think of any good reason anyone would want to join the company.

    Advice to Management

    Too late, that's why the company is bought by Holcim and the current CEO was not allowed to take control.


  7. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Business environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. They're falling apart

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    So-so. Bearable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Leader
    Current Employee - Project Leader
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Low pressure to deliver results Freedom to perform at the level you wish to.

    Cons

    Must absolutely find a 'godfather' to secure your career progression very internal focused so you'll need lots of energy to work internally Decision making far too slow, nothing is ever decided the 1st time it is shown to management


  11. HR manager and Learning & development manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Human Resources Manager in Aleppo (Syria)
    Current Employee - Plant Human Resources Manager in Aleppo (Syria)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good career path and international experience in learning environment

    Cons

    bad security situation , low salaries due to the high inflation rate



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