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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated April 30, 2017
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Lafarge North America President & CEO John Stull
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  • Upper management is always shaking up the lower management and with constant manager changes comes inexperience (in 4 reviews)

  • This results in less job security than you would expect from such a large company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Pension Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible hours, salary is higher than average.

    Cons

    Job is being eliminated due to outsourcing. Horrible medical benefits, but 401k, and maternity leave benefits are great.


  2. "Executive Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Johns Creek, GA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Johns Creek, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge North America (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Professionalism and Work Ethics.

    Cons

    Company sold off and disinvested their GA divisions


  3. "Treasury Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge North America part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Before the merger it was a great group of people to work with. Good managers who offered flexibility and growth.

    Cons

    After the merger many of the satellite offices closed including my local office and the corporate culture seems to have changed.

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees that have been with the both merged companies of the years and offer flexible schedules for happy employees.


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  5. "Logistics"

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    Former Employee - Logistics in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Logistics in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge North America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global company, lots of travel, big time operations

    Cons

    Big changes with a merger. Company always changing directions

    Advice to Management

    Get a long term strategy.


  6. "Scale operator; admin assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant; Scale Operator in West Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant; Scale Operator in West Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My work hours were great 6am to 2:30pm Saturday is optional and it's all overtime!

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth within the company is very limited, they usually don't hire within the company.

    Advice to Management

    I would have to say, don't undervalue your employees


  7. Helpful (2)

    "General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company with lots of resources, great training opportunities and the work force is diversified.

    Cons

    Has been in "crisis" mode for many/many years. Very very slow in cutting costs when markets turned bad and didn't quickly improve. Capital funding is either feast or famine, isn't consistent and often senior management asks about ways to finance purchases as if there isn't money for next weeks payroll. The overhead costs are enormous. Too many Vice Presidents, Presidents, North American shared service expenses are high and yet bonuses for the GM level and above are great. Internally, profits are sucked up to aggregates and cement through arbitrarily high transfer pricing from concrete and asphalt and then they ask why the latter two aren't making enough money. People were the most important assets until they realized that terminating defined benefit pension plan would produce one time earnings benefit to the tune of many tens of millions.

    Advice to Management

    A lot less layers of management above the operating level. Stop looking down your nose at concrete and asphalt businesses. If you truly just care about cement and aggregates, dump the other two and the culture of working at the company will improve.


  8. "Director, Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Regional Human Resources Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Regional Human Resources Director in Denver, CO

    I worked at Lafarge North America (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Progressive, generous, fair and compassionate company.

    Cons

    I can not think of any cons at the moment.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - N/A in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lafarge North America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment and professional personnel to work with.

    Cons

    Currently going through a merger. This is causing a valuable people and projects to be lost or left behind in the confusion.


  10. "Great Company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge North America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for!

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant/Office Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant/Office Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge North America (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits and salary were very good. The majority of the people I worked with were very easy to work with, eager to assist and quite encouraging.

    Cons

    When management changed, the moral changed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. Implement the policies you continually survey on.


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