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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lafarge Top Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dy Manager
    Current Employee - Dy Manager

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Leave the posts if cant manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Discrimination in Lafarge Iraq Concrete

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant in Basra (Iraq)
    Current Employee - Plant in Basra (Iraq)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Change the management in Iraq Concrete

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    Cement can run its self

    Cons

    Bad upper Management out look

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Lafarge Syria, Very Corrupt Company, Have a Great Potential Misused

    Current Employee - Lafarge Employee in Aleppo (Syria)
    Current Employee - Lafarge Employee in Aleppo (Syria)

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst cement company in India to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GET in Raipur, Chhattisgarh (India)
    Current Employee - GET in Raipur, Chhattisgarh (India)

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None....They think money is everything for us.

    Cons

    Countless....They never respect you. They treat Indians like dogs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Went from good to bad

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

    I worked at Lafarge

    Pros

    Work Life balance
    Perks and expenses

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing
    Message from Bruno Lafont gets diluted and confused as it reaches the front line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop always wanting more for less

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11.  

    HR manager and Learning & development manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Human Resources Manager in Aleppo (Syria)
    Current Employee - Plant Human Resources Manager in Aleppo (Syria)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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