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Laitram Overview

Harahan, LA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Industrial Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Laitram is a vibrant, forward-thinking company with an intense commitment to innovation, integrity, and continuous improvement throughout its four operating divisions – Laitram Machinery, Intralox, Lapeyre Stair and Laitram Machine Shop.

Company Updates

  • Luckily the weather cooperated for our numerous outdoor activities: Our St Patrick's Day Dash, 25th annual Laitram golf tournament, and Tough Mudder run

  • Throughout the year, many of our employees mentor First Robotics teams in the New Orleans area. Today, a few of the teams stopped by to show off their robots and share what FIRST means to them.

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Laitram – Why Work With Us?

In 1947, the patent was issued for the world’s first automated shrimp peeling machine. This invention, which was first conceived by James Martial (J.M.) Lapeyre when he was only 16, revolutionized the shrimp processing industry. From that revolutionary invention, Laitram (J.M.’s middle name spelled backwards) was spawned.  Over the next four decades, until his death in 1989, J.M. Lapeyre earned 191 U.S. patents and founded multiple companies based on his industry defining inventions. 

Today, Laitram, L.L.C.’s four operating divisions—Laitram Machinery, Intralox, Lapeyre Stair, and Laitram Machine Shop — employ over 2,400 people worldwide. Laitram’s corporate support group provides professional services to the operating divisions, including information technology services, human resources, legal counsel, accounting, safety, and facilities and maintenance. They supply a high level of expertise while maintaining the flexibility and efficiencies of internal resources.

Laitram’s success springs from an intense commitment to innovation, integrity, and continuous improvement in every aspect of our work. The Laitram Business Philosophy and the Laitram Continuous Improvement Program challenge each employee to be accountable for personal improvement, teamwork, open communication and self-management.


In October 2013, Laitram opened the Laitram Fitness & Nutrition Center on its Harahan, Louisiana campus. Operated by Lifestart Fitness, the fitness center is available to all employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a nominal fee. It is staffed full time by a registered dietician, health coach and personal trainer  to assist employees in reaching their fitness and nutrition goals.

Employees can enjoy amenities typical of their local gym, including free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes as well as a group exercise room where classes such as Cycling, Yoga and Pilates are included in the membership. Post workout, locker rooms with toiletries and showers are available to employees.

At Laitram, we realize our employees are our greatest resource.  It all starts with our Philosophy of Continuous Improvement. It’s a belief that promotes an environment of self-managed workers who are rewarded for their individual talents and their ability to work together for the greater good of the company. Every employee contributing directly to the company’s success allows us to offer competitive base pay, company and individual performance-based incentives and a myriad of benefits.

We also realize that healthy employees are happy and productive employees.  Included in our benefits is an on-campus wellness center, staffed by two, full-time nurse practitioners to treat employees and their families.  Employees also have access to a fully-functional fitness center staffed by a registered dietician and health coach to meet and maintain fitness goals.  

Outside the office, employees are invited to participate in a variety of company events including the annual golf tournament, redfish fishing rodeo, softball tournament, community service days, etc.  Employees and their families are also treated to yearly picnics and family days hosted by Laitram around New Orleans.

Laitram has partnered with Marathon Health to provide wellness and healthcare services to its employees and families, using the Marathon Health MedicalHome@Work™ model as the foundation for care delivery. This model facilitates a partnership between the patient and caregiver with preventative and primary care, care coordination and referral management, community provider and health services integration, and a HIPAA-compliant technology platform for documenting and managing care.

The Laitram Health & Wellness Center reflects the innovation Laitram prides itself on as well as their business philosophy that directs its employees to focus on productivity (Wellness Center brochure).


See what Laitram employees are saying about their Wellness Center experience.

Laitram offers both full-time and part-time internship programs within our various divisions: Intralox, Laitram Machine Shop, Lapeyre Stair and Laitram Machinery.  Our programs are designed to allow students to improve their skills and work experience while learning from high level specialists.  Internship opportunities available include: Engineering and Engineering Technology (mechanical, industrial, controls, automation ...), Welding, Machining, Quality, Business and more.

Internship-specific Benefits:

  •     Year-round and summer positions
  •     Competitive hourly rate
  •     Holiday pay on regularly scheduled workdays
  •     Possible full-time employment upon graduation
  •     Access to on-site health and wellness center
  •     Tuition reimbursement for year-round positions

Delgado, SLU, and UNO Internship Programs
Internship logosLaitram works with various schools around the country but has also partnered with Delgado Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of New Orleans to develop structured year-round internship programs for their students.  For more information, see the links below:

Delgado's Machine Tool Technology Program partners with Laitram  
Laitram and Southeastern University Announce Partnership
Laitram and the University of New Orleans Announce Partnership

Laitram Reviews

  • "Fantastic company"

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Laitram full-time


    The work environment, culture, and benefits are unparalleled.


    Not joining the firm sooner.

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Laitram Photos

Laitram photo of: 2015 Laitram Softball Tournament
Laitram photo of: Laitram Family Day at Audubon Zoo
Laitram photo of: Laitram Family Day at Audubon Zoo
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Laitram photo of: Laitram Family Day at Audubon Zoo
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Laitram Interviews



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    Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at Laitram (New Orleans, LA) in September 2017.


    Interview process was quick. I received a phone interview and two face to face interviews. Hiring on board time was within a month. During this process, I met with the engineering supervisor and then the engineering director. After each interviews, I got a follow up email within days to schedule for the next steps. I was impress with their process and would recommend working for this company.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the best design I've ever done   1 Answer
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Laitram Awards & Accolades

  • Outstanding Corporate Growth, Association for Corporate Growth - Louisiana Chapter, 2016
  • Best Places to Work in New orleans, New Orleans City Business, 2010
  • Best Places to Work in New Orleans, New Orleans City Business, 2013
  • Best Places to Work in New Orleans, New Orleans City Business, 2014
  • Large Business of the Year, Jefferson Chamber, 2014
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