Lafarge Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Lafarge Président-Directeur Général Bruno Lafont
Bruno Lafont
43 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. Country CEO Pakistan

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Country Chief Executive Officer
    Current Employee - Country Chief Executive Officer

    I have been working at Lafarge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    H&S & People development are top priorities along with Innovation & customers focus

    Cons

    Internal Politics play a big role in decisions

    Advice to Management

    Align People development with quality & credentials of talent to retain and overcome current networking influence


  2. Business Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Good if you are mobile, there are opportunities to work in other countries if you are open to move

    Cons

    Management / people who work there have conservative mindsets, it is quite hard to have a "Management Change".

    Merger initiatives have been going on for almost a year, it is difficult to be productive as people are waiting for their "new position" or "new contract".

    Advice to Management

    Management should be more effective in hiring and keeping employees, there has been a high turnover rate which is not a good sign of a company.


  3. Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philippine (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philippine (Philippines)

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of room for innovation. Nice people and best boss.

    Cons

    Not structured. Mixture of old school and young professionals with different cultures

    Advice to Management

    Continuing support for change


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  5. se dégrade

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mecanicien in Le Beausset (France)
    Current Employee - Mecanicien in Le Beausset (France)

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    C E, 35 h

    Cons

    pas de reconnaissance , trop de personne incompétente , et fumiste

    Advice to Management

    reconnaitre les compétences de chacun de ses salariés


  6. My Review for Lafarge

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cadet Engineer in Angono, Rizal (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Cadet Engineer in Angono, Rizal (Philippines)

    I worked at Lafarge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High paying Company, with a higher career development

    Cons

    No life balance in the workplace

    Advice to Management

    Please, ensure that work life balance is properly implemented


  7. Strategy and Innovation MBA Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)

    I worked at Lafarge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful enterprise culture, great globalized organization.

    Cons

    With the merger there has been much uncertainty and there are not many job opportunities at the moment.


  8. Great company to work for

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for advancement as a large international company. Pay and vacation time are good. Strong focus on building a safer culture. You can get help and support in career development. Most people enjoy working for Lafarge. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    There is bureaucracy that is typical in many large companies that can be frustrating at times. On the whole the company is slow to make changes as risk adverse. Leadership and management over the last few years has been lacking with repeated restructuring. Health benefits use to be above average now they are below average.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions faster and start implementing changes. Often times waiting until everything is exactly right or the risk is mitigated the opportunity has passed. Focus on implementing decisions and changes quickly.


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    management

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

    I worked at Lafarge

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.


  10. Maintenance consultant

    Former Employee - Maintenance Expert in Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Expert in Cairo (Egypt)

    I worked at Lafarge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    multinational environment, different cultures, good place to work

    Cons

    discrimination, it depends on your passport color


  11. Expérience exceptionnelle

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

    I have been working at Lafarge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    bonne ambiance, très formateur, grande autonomie en tant que stagiaire

    Cons

    Il faut augmenter l'indemnité des stagiaires et apprentis



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