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Lafarge North America Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company"

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


  2. "Production Supervisor"

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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Constant Change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for career development if you are willing to move

    Salary and benefits is competative

    Many projects to work on

    Strong commitment to safety

    Cons

    Too much change, never stable and leads to a lot of stress about job stability

    Work/life balance


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Operator/Maintenance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator/Maintenance in Lockport, NY
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator/Maintenance in Lockport, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent
    Safety is key
    Optional advancements when available
    Stable and steady work load (in-season)

    Cons

    -Terrible Health insurance (almost equivalent to NO INSURANCE). Hi deductibles, poor coverage.
    -Lack of proper management
    -Lafarge tries to implement "Courage to Care", but it's more about the money. They pretend to care about their employees but they only care about the top dollar. It's no secret, if we can get a dangerous job done safely in 5 days versus 4 days "unsafely", they would choose the 4 day method.
    - At times we have been forced to work 16-18 hours a day, then we would be expected to be back to work after only 3 hours off.
    -Machinery is minimal. (If one breaks down, forget about it) There is no back up plan.

    Advice to Management

    -Start treating your employees like they are human beings.
    -Give us better health care. After all, we pay for it. This is the worst coverage ever.
    -We are the blood of your company. We are on the front line, fixing and making sure everything runs and operates so the the plants can run. Treat us like it.
    -Implement changes FASTER.
    -Bonus Structure??? Safety and/or production. What happened? It's a nice incentive to receive a quarterly or annual safety bonus. At least it would help offset some of the terrible Health costs.
    -Be honest about where the future of our company is headed. We have families too.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Great company with great salary and benefits.

    Cons

    They moved the company from Kansas City to Chicago, IL

    Advice to Management

    Great job!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Transitioning"

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


  8. Helpful (5)

    "It was fun while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company was very generous with their employees (i.e. benefits, bonuses, cell phone, T&E card). When the times are good, it was nice for the employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately times were not always good and the company structure kept changing. I've survived three layoffs in the 7 years I was there, but didn't survive the fourth. At the time, the severance was also generous too.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company being destroyed by management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are not alot of pros any longer. This company is going downhill fast.

    Cons

    Management is horrible, benefits are continually being taken away, CEO is selfish jerk who is slowly putting the same horrible leadership underneath him, managers work long hours and out of touch with reality, company says they are health and safety focused but that is far from the truth.

    Advice to Management

    You have no clue how to reach employees. Stop taking benefits away. Stop putting managers in charge that have no family and life outside of work. You are pushing all your good people out the door because you put people in management that have no business managing people.


  10. "Overall great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of the employees are really nice and most believe in team work. Great opportunity to learn and grow. The salary and benefits were wonderful. The work life balance for me, initially, was great. My hiring supervisor understood and valued the importance of family and knew that a person with a great work/life balance was essentially a great employee.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent communication between the uppers and lowers and in many cases, lack of communication between the uppers and uppers. Lack of consistent follow through on things that have been discussed which made it difficult to know what direction the company was going in. Once they get through the pangs of restructuring all will be well again.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate clear information and directives and then follow through.


  11. "Excellent fun environment to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Temp in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Temp in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best companies I have always worked for. Most of the employees that are here have been here for quite a long time. Focus on safety and health.

    Cons

    Downsizing has made an impact and cleared out a lot of employees over the last few years

    Advice to Management

    None



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