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  • Upper management is always shaking up the lower management and with constant manager changes comes inexperience (in 4 reviews)

  • Some years have numerous lay offs (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Many different location across world to work with in company

    Cons

    People are not valued asset.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Merger Mayhem"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are currently no pros for working for Lafarge. If other jobs are available, you should take them.

    Cons

    Since 2012, the Company has drastically gone downhill with constant cost-cutting measures, benefits have been getting cut left and right. In 2015, Lafarge and Holcim merged to create LafargeHolcim. This have gone even further downhill since then. The merger has been incredibly mishandled, policies are still being figured out months after the mergers completion, and information has not been shared with employees. Morale is at an all time low

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees updated on changes being made and what they can expect in the future so they want to stay and do their best for you.

  3. "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


  4. "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in East Chicago, IN
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in East Chicago, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An easy job to get into and start making money.

    Cons

    Ridiculous amount of shift work. You were expected to basically train yourself because there was no formal training.

    Advice to Management

    Site manager changed so often it was hard to get noticed for you talent.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Massive Restructuring Underway"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and interesting market.

    Cons

    Lafarge is currently undergoing a massive restructuring, worldwide. Creates disruption in the business leaving customers and vendors dissatisfied with products and service.

    Advice to Management

    Restructuring of this scale creates the loss of valuable talent and experience.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "So-so company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, but that is about it

    Cons

    Very clique-ish. I was there for 6 years and felt like an outsider the entire time. If you don't get in with the "in" group forget it. Work life balance was only for upper management.


  7. "Mostly positive"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Timonium, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Timonium, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My managers were easy to work with and supportive. I was able to take on special projects and was supported by my manager in order to execute. Felt like part of the team.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure on management. Industry in a downturn and reorganization and downsizing is constantly happening. Divisions did not work well together, did not communicate well and were constantly putting each other down which made it an uncomfortable environment to work.

    Advice to Management

    Be around more and communicate to your people what is going on.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Selling core aggregate and concrete assets across North America will continue."

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    Former Employee - Safety Manager
    Former Employee - Safety Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lafarge used to be a great company to work for. Great compensation with bonus plan with many talented employees. Growth potential and advancement opportunites were numerious.

    Cons

    Lafarge in the United States is only a shell of what it used to be. The Company sold many assets the past few years to pay for it's burdensome debt from a middle east purchase of several billion dollars. It was a strategic move that failed and the United States and Canadian operations are paying for it by being sold.

    Advice to Management

    Its too late. You missed the opportunity to retain leadership in the United States and Canada. Selling off all your business will only continue to destroy value in North America. Senior Management in France made a terrible error in judgement and now is committed to see it through even though it is not in the interest of its shareholders.


  9. "lots of work for not much pay"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good working eviroment and people

    Cons

    over worked, low paying, no time off


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A lot of people at the top getting very little done to weather the economic turmoil"

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    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many talented people in the ranks and middle-management. Very committed, long term employees in Operations. Company takes care of its own.

    Cons

    Crony-ism. Leaders that fail are not replaced. Poor decision making or slow decision making has been costly. Company is no longer able to make critical investments in facilities and technology. Low-morale and lack of confidence in the future of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs new ideas from talented leadership outside of the company.


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