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LaFrance Reviews

Updated November 14, 2016
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  1. "Marketing and business development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "A nice laidback place to work, as long as you don't mind the below average pay."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Programmer in Concordville, PA
    Current Employee - IT Programmer in Concordville, PA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a very laid back work environment. They generally accept projects to be completed whenever they are completed, with no real deadlines breathing down your neck. The company has a diverse group of employees, with the majority of entry level positions filled by recent college graduates. Somewhat flexible hours, it is not unusual for the CEO to call a half day when there is a special event going on on that day i.e. (major sports team playing during work hours).

    Cons

    Some of the managers hired are either very anal with their employees or are incompetent at their job.The pay is below average in all positions across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at the under performing employees and managers, and replace them with someone that actually takes pride in their work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of opportunity, appreciate hard workers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Concordville, PA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Concordville, PA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LaFrance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Casual dress, nice work environment, established policies, family owned, managed with the long term in mind, opportunities to grow and develop if you want them and work hard.

    Cons

    Lots of travel which may or may not be a good thing, hard to break through to an upper management position due to flat organization

    Advice to Management

    Don't let slackers or poor performers stay. It's ok to fire someone for poor performance & who's bringing down moral


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  5. "Mostly positive work place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Good company to work for overall"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Marketing Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  8. "Place to learn"

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


  9. "Lost in translation"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Concordville, PA
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Concordville, PA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Environment
    Communication
    Small Company so approachable management

    Cons

    Always changing direction
    Hard to grasp job goals
    Favoritism
    No professional growth

    Advice to Management

    Need a training process


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly and clueless"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and decent management practices. Reasonable salary and benefits. Convenient location. Small enough to make understanding the operation and people possible.

    Cons

    Striking ignorance of best practices for information technology and sharing. Stolid immobility in the face of technological challenges and opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    The first step in recovery is to understand the situation candidly. This is difficult for companies and substance abusers. The current management is remarkably self-satisfied, so this is a huge hurdle.


  11. "Small family owned company with manufacturing plants in China"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Will promote from within and willing to create new positions to keep talent.

    Cons

    Small company small pay, can change bonus structures on the whim.

    Advice to Management

    Create a better bonus and traveling pay structure, and stick to it.



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