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LaFrance Reviews

Updated August 29, 2017
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  1. "account development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LaFrance full-time

    Pros

    casual and fun atmosphere; promote from within philosophy

    Cons

    none that come to mind


  2. "Great Company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - District Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LaFrance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay. Plenty of time off. Friendly employees! This company really takes good care of their staff!

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "good not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    company does pay well. Have to put up with management

    Cons

    management lacking forward thinking. Could use other product offerings.


  4. "Place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn from the management. Small company and you can progress if you work hard. Good place to build your future.

    Cons

    Difficult to understand some of the requirements. Communication and scheduling can be improved sometimes. Difficulties growing from a small to medium size company.


  5. "Marketing Associate"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Aston, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Aston, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LaFrance (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work!

    Cons

    Lots of traveling and very busy!


  6. "Good company to work for overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LaFrance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -casual work environment
    -half days in the summer, and before each holiday

    Cons

    -slow advancement
    -frequent travel (if that is not your thing)
    -low to mid grade pay compare to industry std
    -high turn over rate

    Advice to Management

    be open to changes.. without it, it hinders personal growth for each employee


  7. "Mostly positive work place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LaFrance full-time

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere and relatively low stress work environment. In addition to the official benefits, also have some small perks: quarterly luncheons, free half days before holidays, long lunch on Fridays.

    Cons

    Top Management team can often be out of touch with issues that face employees. Weak IT department. Not enough focus on technological advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to change... Technologically and structurally. Get a better feel for employee morale. Hire more staff... The additional labor capacity will allow more time for collaborative work and creativity.

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    "Career Start-up Location w/ High Turnover, Mind Numbing Work and Beaten Staff"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Concordville, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Concordville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Easy Job for Recent Grads/Interns
    - Resume Builder
    - Very Casual Dress Code (Jeans, Sweatshirts, Shorts, T-Shirts, Sweatpants and etc.)
    - Quarterly Company Lunches w/ prizes
    - Flex is allowed, but approval is needed and rarely given
    - International Work Experience
    - Half Days before Holidays
    - Very Friendly Staff
    - Clean Office Building

    Cons

    The Job
    - Mind-Numbing Work- You will spend most of your time creating Part Visions that are made in a standard format.
    - Scared of Change- This company is archaic in their Culture and Leadership . The CEO even frowns upon Middle Management praising employees.
    - Very Limited Growth Opportunity - The staff has either been there forever or is on its way out the door. It is depressing to see talented individuals leave for more promising work.
    - Low-End Pay - Raises and bonuses are below Market Standards.

    The Staff
    - High Turnover - About one or more people a month leave LaFrance's HQ of less than 200 people.
    - Staff - Comprised of mostly recent college grads and long-time employees preparing for retirement. Staff has either been broken from layoffs or is extremely green.
    - Middle Management - Consists mostly of relatives and friends of the owner and CEO. In many instances these individuals have been gifted their positions and have those working under them who are more suitable for the task.
    - CEO - Unfriendly, hot-headed, and strategically stifling. At one point taught training classes for Project Managers and frequently ridiculed employees for not providing the responses he was looking for.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more stimulating workplace for your employees and fight to keep the ones that show promise. Acknowledge the fact that your turnover rate is excessively high and do something about it.

    Promote the few talented individuals that you still have left before you lose them. There are entirely too many people that have earned their wings and do not have the pay or responsibility to reflect it.

    Raise up your employees instead of beating them down.

    Set realistic goals and grow your core business further. LaFrance has a niche and is still making money from it, but it cannot break into other markets. This is a disturbing hurdle and needs to be overcome.


  9. "Good place to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the fact that they give you half days off before a holiday, this is unheard of and really makes for high morale! If the local sports teams were winning you may get off early to catch a game.

    Cons

    Most disappointing is CEO humiliating workers in company meetings. You have to have thick skin at this company and roll with it rather than take it personal. If you speak out of turn or do not answer the CEOs answer correctly he will make you sit under the table for instance, or leave the meeting. IMO this was not professional. I also didn't care for how much complaining coworkers did, I wish there was more of a team feel to the working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need drop the "do as I say not as I do" live by your example and your workers may get in a better team oriented mood!


  10. "Marketing and business development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LaFrance full-time

    Pros

    I spend 11 years at LaFrance and it was the best education in business that I could have asked for. The company promotes itself as "fair" - which seems simple enough, but I learned in my time there it is actually a huge challenge which they work towards every day. The almost entirely promote from within, which means even though it isn't a huge company - almost everyone gets the opportunity to grow and expand their experience.

    Cons

    LaFrance gets a bad rap on this site. Short term - promotions may seem slow and management decisions may seem overly bureaucratic. But I guarantee if you put your time in, you will leave with much more than you came with.

    Advice to Management

    Increasing the flexibility of the work environment would do wonders for morale.


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