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Saint-Gobain Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
73 Reviews

3.2
73 Reviews
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Saint-Gobain Président-Directeur Général Pierre-André de Chalendar
Pierre-André de Chalendar
34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Reasonable work-life balance, reasonable pay (in 5 reviews)

  • big company, reputation, business leader in almost all the business sector in which they are present (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor pay and dysfunctional management (in 3 reviews)

  • Crappy vacation packages (for a French company no less (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    R&D Center.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Technician  in  Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Northborough, MA

    Pros

    The french owners treat their people well, compared to other companies in the U.S.
    Lots of internal opportunity.

    Cons

    They are slow to react to small changes, which is expected of a large company.
    They usually won't approach a market that is regarded as too small. But Size is relative. A few semi-autonomous units could find a real use here. Sometimes the market is small, because there is no one capable of developing it.
    As a result, SGC will pass up good potential, in order to be second or third comers to an already saturated market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More effort to spin off smaller subsidiaries. Often a subsidiary is only spun off when they are ready formarket.
    I would prefer that they be spun off sooner, to give them the energy and motivation of a startup.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work, HR is Toxic

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work out in the businesses. However corporate is not a happy place. There are a lot of oppurtunities to succeed.

    Cons

    HR does not have the right leadership. The comp and benefits group is self distructive and is totally company focused instead of the employees. If you are going to work in HR please Google your management. You will see what I mean.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    National Sales Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Cleveland, OH

    Pros

    Very structured organization which allows you to know where your responsibilities are focused. Friendly, can-do type people. Lots of exposure to various perspectives and ways of looking at challenges.

    Cons

    As a very structured organization, you are limited to some of your creative pursuits. Expenses can be very cumbersome, but all very reasonable request for documentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more constructive dissension when discussing objectives and goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong Safety Culture at Saint Gobain

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Manager
    Former Employee - Area Manager

    Pros

    National and Global job opportunities are available, very mobile workforce. Benefits are standard, compensation is standard, time off policies are excellent as they offer more vacation than most companies as you gain experience. Excellent safety policies and focus on employee safety and health.

    Cons

    Very large company, difficult to stand out and establish your own company or division culture. Lots of web site based management and monitoring of results and training which is impersonal but effective if you enjoy communicating via email or websites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on personalizing employee management and policy management meaning more direct meetings and face time at the different sites and less electronic monitoring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Purchasing manager

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

    Pros

    Big company
    Resources
    Possibility to learn
    Multicultural environment
    Mobility

    Cons

    Burocracy
    Bad atmosphere
    Bad organized
    Classist
    No social benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more care of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Saint-Gobain Response

    Jun 10, 2014HR Director

    Thank you for your feedback on your experience with Saint-Gobain. It really bothers me that you had such a bad experience with us. I sincerely wish you the best and thank you for taking the time to ... More

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work! Very challenging and rewarding Big Company experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA

    Pros

    This is a fantastic place to work! Everyone is so helpful and friendly! They really know how to make a new person feel like part of the R&D Center. I had my doubts about joining so many PhDs, but the environment is wonderful.

    The campus is well done with privacy and nature all around. The open concept floor plan really promotes collaboration amongst the groups, as well.

    Cons

    Systems are a little behind the times in the United States. This is fixable, though and does not interfere with the creativity or results to the business units. It is more bhind the scenes that is impacted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the money on the infrastructure in the near term to make this an even better place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Saint-Gobain Response

    May 1, 2014HR Director

    Thank you for the positive feedback and we are happy to have you on the Team! In addition, the room for improvement is duly noted and thank you for taking the time to rate your experience.

  8.  

    Good company culture but antiquated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, friendly people

    Cons

    Old fashioned, 2 weeks vacation for first 5 years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tech heavy company that forgot the tech

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent salary, good health & wellness benefits

    Cons

    So far behind on technology that it hurts; takes forever to get the right tools to do your job, and half the time, you end up having to do it yourself without management backing until you prove that something works. By then you and the company are already 12-18 months behind where they could have been with a little bit of vision. Crappy vacation packages (for a French company no less!!!). They claim a good bonus package, but somehow they always find a way to not have it pay out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for employees, not so good for contractors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and nice. I found many people who had the same interests and we had great conversations. Even though some of us were contractors we were invited to the company holiday party. I really enjoyed the outdoor track for mid-day walks outside, even though it was right next to 202.

    Cons

    The building really needs upgrading and updating. I couldn't see the sun from where I sat unless I stood up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solely Leadership Focus and Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Valley Forge, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Valley Forge, PA

    Pros

    It is amazing how many different areas the businesses span, from the Dallas Cowboys new stadium to materials for satellites and space station to the Liberty 1 building in New York. You can see where the products make a difference, making you proud to work for a company like this.

    Cons

    Management is only focused on leadership development, so if you are not considered leadership you will find very little support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to put some effort into giving support and opportunities to non-management/leadership employees. It makes them feel like second rate employees and that they are not cared about or worth the time to assist and develop.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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