Lafarge Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  3. Care you and respect you but not so aggressive

    • 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

    No 1 in this field

    Cons

    A little bureaucratic, management process too complicated

    Advice to Management

    be more aggressive and open


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  5. A dream come true

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Great experience and chance for career growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Senior in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Marketing Senior in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Lafarge in the UAE was an exciting place to be. As with most every large company, there are downsides to being so big, but there are also upsides--such as training and development, many benefits, and the chance to interact with smart people everywhere.
    I joined while the company was still in the start-up phase in the UAE, the management team was very supportive and it created an immediate sense of belonging.. to the Lafarge family.

    Cons

    Long procedures before decision making!
    Lack of middle management communication channels.

    Advice to Management

    More interaction with shop-floor.
    Review cost cutting strategies (expenses of main office vs. sites.)


  7. Great experience and wonderful employer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Rei (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Rei (Belgium)

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great experience and wonderful employer.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is rather severe.


  8. World no. 1 in cement production. International experience on romanian market.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Road Transportation Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Road Transportation Manager in Bucharest (Romania)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Well known international brand. High organizational culture . Technology . Policyes and procedures . Personal development .

    Cons

    Bad HR management . Too much balcanic influence into a multinational company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

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

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

    Pros

    The Work Life balance is good ,training has been decent,compensation good,opportunities have been fair.

    Cons

    Culture,One team as a management,decision making extremely slow;too many people involved in every decision taken from small approvals to meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralise decision making,allow others to do their job.


  10. Great team in a huge company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lafarge

    Pros

    Dealing with really big stuff and global scope

    Cons

    Spain and Portugal marketing were not important players


  11. One of the biggest cement, aggregates & concrete companies in the world; now even bigger after the merger

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

    I worked at Lafarge

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Promotes people, great training, top health & safety performer, global network is active.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be a problem when trying to get things done.



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