Lafarge

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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lafarge is a company from the core sector, but the growth potential has been missed and not kept pace with the growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager Sales in Nāgpur, Maharashtra (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager Sales in Nāgpur, Maharashtra (India)

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

    Pros

    Give liberty to Achieve the results. You learn to work on your own.

    Cons

    No clarity and guidance from seniors. The seniors are low achievers. There is too much of politics in this company. People who are a part of the coterie get promotions and high increments. Not able to retain talented people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be open.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, amazing benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ready-Mix Driver in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Ready-Mix Driver in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Even if you get only 4 hours of work, we got 8 hours of pay. Pay was incredible! 1.5 Pay after 8 hours, 2x pay after 10 hours plus pay for lunches if you were unable to take them

    Cons

    Long days but otherwise no cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very rewarding experience both professionally and financially

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Cairo (Egypt)

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

    Pros

    A company that invests in developing people and giving them great growth opportunities; pleasant and highly diverse working envirnoment; excellent succession plans are developed and implemented; high focus on health & safety because of genuine care for people

    Cons

    The pace of decision making is slow; internal moves across the different business lines need stronger focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be more agile and speedy when analyzing new growth opportunities for the business; encourage talented employees to move freely across the different business lines as it helps enrich the organization as well as the indviduals themselves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Country CEO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Country Chief Executive Officer in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Country Chief Executive Officer in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It had a dynamic working environment, multinational corporate culture and lot of opportunities for self and career development.

    Cons

    Global matrix organization sometimes leading to long decision making process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people and culture.
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Development is done in other countries with different hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexible location would be nice for everybody.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A very good company that recognize the employee needs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety in Harare (Zimbabwe)
    Former Employee - Safety in Harare (Zimbabwe)

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are empowered and contribute in decision making

    Cons

    Good company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should keep on considering employees' views

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good resources, but be wary of micro-managing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    HR is very with it; global network of people and resources; lots of opportunity to move within the company globally and locally; great health and safety initiatives; got to use all my experience and languages in my daily work

    Cons

    Managers can be discouraging if you try to move within the organization; very hierarchical; seemed like they had more people doing the same jobs as my previous company (same industry); be wary of micro-managing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the union-management adversarial culture/mindset; hire good people and let them do their job; address the polarized responses from the employee engagement survey

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Part of a multinational leader in cement, concrete & aggregates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction & Building Systems Specialist in Athens (Greece)
    Former Employee - Construction & Building Systems Specialist in Athens (Greece)

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Multinational experience and culture. Good remuneration package. Leaders in H&S. Good working environment. Some exceptional people in management.

    Cons

    Heavily bureaucratic. French central management doesn't always understand the country needs. Currently (2013) not hiring. Bad results and recession have led to a lot of lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let people go just on the basis that you have to get the numbers right. Be more merit-based.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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