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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)

    "Financial accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lovely bunch of people. Coworkers and managers are understanding and supportive.

    Cons

    Reorg every few years so job security could be a problem


  2. Helpful (5)

    "It was fun while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  3. "readi-mix"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    dealing with people and the enviroment

    Cons

    long hours heavy equipment dangerous to health.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Corrupt management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were good at one time, but the company has been cutting them both for the past few years.

    Cons

    Lack of integrity in managers all the way up the chain - they will cover up their corrupt ways and get rid of anyone who speaks up about them. If you've been with the company long enough to build up to a decent salary, they start looking at ways to replace you. They are constantly reorganizing, causing a disruptive work environment. They throw people into positions with absolutely no training and customers suffer from it. There is total lack of leadership. People are made to fear losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of managers with lack of integrity and those who don't give a damn about the workers that keep the company running.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Horribly managed company that used to be top tier."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits can be okay initially but performance isn't recognized or rewarded unless your a part of the "click"

    Cons

    Too many to list.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, pull your heads out of your rear ends and realize all good employees moral is as low as it's ever been.


  7. "Good place to work, with some French influence"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, corporate environment, follow all laws and regs

    Cons

    Some edicts come from France, often different culturally

    Advice to Management

    Let someone help adjust things for US culture


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Company being destroyed by management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Massive Restructuring Underway"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  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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