Lafarge Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    It is a sinking ship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    look around you


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.


  3. Great company!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Technical Services
    Former Employee - Director Technical Services
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Used to be a great organization until

    Former Employee - Executive
    Former Employee - Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Fair / Satisfied

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Whitehall, PA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Whitehall, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career opportunities, bonuses, variety of work

    Cons

    endless relocation, poor work life balance


  8. Helpful (2)

    Poor Place

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    • 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


  9. Lafarge is headed in the right direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits and compensation are better than average. Development opportunities are available, but you need to pursue them.

    Cons

    Lafarge is a very male dominated company. Good if you're "one of the guys". Not so good if you're not.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to break up the good ole boy network. Progress has been made to focus on diversity, but lots of work still to be done.


  10. accountant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Accountant in Damascus (Syria)
    Former Employee - Financial Accountant in Damascus (Syria)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the company has a great training programs , and the management is very open minded .Lafarge take the safety and health issues very seriously .and it offer good salaries

    Cons

    I can say that they are very good , but they can be better


  11. Poor company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Relations Manager in Tulancingo (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Industrial Relations Manager in Tulancingo (Mexico)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company with lots of challenges with a lot of exposition

    Cons

    Operative tasks with no opportunity to propose new things



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