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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated November 2, 2016
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Pros
  • The work life balance for me, initially, was great (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and it has a growing collaborative culture (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Cement manufacturing is interesting but could become stagnant for a career (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company bad branch of company"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Technician in Denver, CO
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and very structured which I like.

    Cons

    Needed an engineering degree to get promoted. It's a corporation work gets slow your down the road no matter how good of an employee you are.


  3. "customer service rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time

    Pros

    one of the fewer companies in northern va to offer pension plan

    Cons

    company shrinks its operations in north america, less opportunities


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Once great, now mediocre company"

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

    I worked at Lafarge North America full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, network of peers, employee development

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Stand up and lead, instead of consuming all your time with political maneuvers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Transitioning"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kettering, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kettering, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Interesting work. Culturally diverse. Wide range of possibilities to develop a career. Pending merger with Holcim will improve its financial health.

    Cons

    Company has lost many of its core values over past 10 years, too much emphasis on form over substance. More emphasis on reporting than doing.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work on "One Lafarge", break down silos. Stop making major changes in benefits with major impact on employees just to make the monthly numbers.


  7. "Not very diverse"

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    Current Contractor - IT Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Current Contractor - IT Analyst in Southfield, MI

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

    Pros

    Great hours, break areas and lunchrooms always well stocked with coffee and other beverages free of charge

    Cons

    Many departments weren't as diverse as far as age and race.

    Advice to Management

    Expand more opportunities to lower employees.....favoritism is very apparent.


  8. "it's a good ride"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

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

    Pros

    medium to large environment depends on what you are working for

    Cons

    a lot of managers in IT have no skills

    Advice to Management

    get a better management team to work together


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lafarge - your plant experience may vary with your plant manager"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good plant manager makes all the difference

    Cons

    A bad plant manager can make for long days, weeks, years

    Advice to Management

    Be aware that you may want to validate what a plant manager tells you. The recent "great place to work" survey indicates we may not feel appreciated / valued.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Deteriorating infrastructure"

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    Former Employee - Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hard working people. Accepts change easily. They historically have been able to take practically nothing and make something of it.

    Cons

    Management is somewhat snobbish. New management pushed out most of the knowledgeable experienced managers and replaced with a good buddy system that rewards each other. They sell an idea that they can do it better by quickly identifying what's wrong and are quick to implement a new system instead of fixing or improving on what is already in place and then move on. Company has been cash strapped for a while. Much of the asset equipment is deteriorating. They are shrinking in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Build on the infrastructure that is in place. There are no more quick fixes, look to make steady improvements. You have launch enough programs its time to take a few of the older ones, dust them off and try to build on them. Hire experienced people in their job profession. Your computer filing systems, department documentation systems are week non existent. Try to reward the individuals that can take what already in place, use it, and are willing to improve on it.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "QA/QC"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, unique opportunity, interesting projects, exciting products

    Cons

    cyclical, heavily dependent upon demand, infrequent developmental roles



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