Lafarge Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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Lafarge Président-Directeur Général Bruno Lafont
Bruno Lafont
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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. management

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    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.

  2. 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

  3. Expérience exceptionnelle

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    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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  5. Ein sehr angenehme Unternehmen

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    Former Employee - Stellvertretende Einkaufsleiterin
    Former Employee - Stellvertretende Einkaufsleiterin

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    + gut Betreuung bei der Einarbeitung
    + gut Betriebsklima. Mitarbeiter werden viel gelobt.
    + freundliche Kollegen und Vorgesetzter.
    + gut Führungsstil: z. B. es gibt monatlich eine Mitgliederversammlung, die Mitarbeiter haben viele Informationen über Unternehmen bekommen. Jede Abteilung gibt es einmal der Woche die Info-runde.
    + attraktive und faire Bezahlung
    + klare Definition der Aufgaben und Verantwortung
    + viele Angebot bei der Arbeitnehmerweiterbildung und Gesundheit sowie Sicherheit.

    Cons

    - Führungskräfte sind nach einige Jahre (meistens 5 Jahre) wieder woanders versetzt.

  6. Entreprise ou il fait bon travailler, mais cela peut changer

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    Current Employee - Cadre
    Current Employee - Cadre

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

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

    Pros

    Nombreuses possibilité d'évolution de carrières

    Cons

    Très centralisé, prise de décision assez lente

  7. It's a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lafarge

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

    Pros

    They made sure that you were working in a safe environment.

    Cons

    It was kinda hard advancing because some of the guys wasn't team players

    Advice to Management

    There is an unseen brotherhood keeping moral down

  8. Lots of freedom

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    Current Employee - Materials Performance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Materials Performance Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    freedom to work on new and exciting projects, lots of travel, good people. Company vehicles. Company outings are fun, different, and beneficial.

    Cons

    Loss of talent. High turnover. Average wages. Difficult to get a substantial raise. Large gap in how employees are treated across product lines.

  9. Good company, good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lafarge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many international opportunities. Also, working in world leader within that field, and employees have a high level of knowledge and skill

    Cons

    Work hours are long, and there is an overall culture of putting in more hours than necessary, without added benefits. Work life balance needs some review.

  10. Care you and respect you but not so aggressive

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lafarge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    No 1 in this field

    Cons

    A little bureaucratic, management process too complicated

    Advice to Management

    be more aggressive and open

  11. A dream come true

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Lacombe, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Lacombe, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Lafarge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Get to do what i love and get paid good with awesome benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough work during winter months

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