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Lafarge Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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Lafarge Président-Directeur Général Bruno Lafont
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Pros
  • Big company, nice people, health and safety as a value (in 8 reviews)

  • Good hours, a lot of good benefits, a prettt good wage, a really good working atmosphere, friendly coworkers (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Hours, Paperwork, Holidays, Training, Work-Life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • The pace of decision making is slow; internal moves across the different business lines need stronger focus (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Business environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The talent and value the employees offer is very strong

    Cons

    Leadership is transitioned from strong to weak with a focus on political optics to sustain employement

    Advice to Management

    Focus on performance, teamwork and critical positive environment supporting and recognizing employees whom provide 100% effort .


  2. "Strong International company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid broad global footprint with operations in major countries around the world. continues to invest globally and recently merged with holcim

    Cons

    industrial focus.. the management is extremely bottomline focused and need to invest more in their brands. Absolute chaos and neglet in some local operations. need to invest more on people

    Advice to Management

    invest more on the local people. you have a great product and you should penetrate communites with your products

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not the great company it once was"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most senior management is surprisingly uninterested and/or unknowledgeable of the actual business so they tend to be hands off. The wages are competitive and the plant operations are generally based in relatively low cost, rural parts of the country so the income is good for operations, unless you work in the Chicago office.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover in management with little long term job stability without multiple relocations. Work/life balance is not a priority. Senior management often uses intimidation to get results to support their excessive bonus structure. There are zero long term strategies in place as every effort is to make it to the next quarter and ultimately the year end goal. I'd avoid joining the company at this time as lots more head count reductions are upcoming. So far it's mostly the Lafarge employees that are getting the axe as Holcim is clearly in charge. They have have a bad morale problem for many years now and that's probably just going to get worse.

    Advice to Management

    The damage has already been done, and quite honestly management is still wondering if they have jobs so my only advise would be to try to rebuild the trust once the dust settles.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "They're falling apart"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lafarge offered good benefits like a company vehicle, insurance, and pay was OK. Formerly dominated the building materials market.

    Cons

    You only get training if you're deemed high potential. Bad relationships amongst co-workers. A lot of management is not transparent. Talk a good game, but don't follow through. If you work your butt off it may not matter.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront about what's happening. You're not breeding a good work enthronement.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "The cement industry is in tough times, Lafarge payscale shows it."

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

    Pros

    Your objectives and bonus are set for you by management.

    Cons

    The industry is in bad shape and what used to be higher paid positions are now well below the norm. They can't keep squeezing forever. The talent loss will become great in the next few years.

    Advice to Management

    The cement industry is not for most people in general. At the plant level it is very hard work and not in the best of environments, hot, dusty, dirty, long hours. The compensation used to be there but not now.


  6. "Truck driver & loader operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The money is good, the job is good,,BUT management is NOT so good since Lafarge took over Standard Aggregates ( Red-D-Mix),,Joe Durham was the BEST plant manager & boss they had, When Joe died of a heart attack his son Kim took over & was just as good to the employees as Joe was,When Lafarge took over their management took over & it ALL went to crap,,Too bad,,it WAS a good place to work for at ONE time,,,

    Cons

    Management has a tendancy to pressure drivers & outside plant workers until there is a confrontation,,I got hurt in 1989( got hand caught in conveyor) but never lost a day of work, got hurt again a year later ( beam fell on me while working on a conveyor) & nobody there because boss ( Bob Bezaire) took other employee who was helping me to another job site ( our competitor Dunn Paving) and I never lost time at work( just light duty) for a week & then boss AGAIN left me alone while unloading a boat of stone & when I went to release the cable on bullhead it whipped up & flipped me, dislocating my shoulder & doing severe soft tissue damage which left me with irrepairable damage causing me to stop work completely Not once did they ever offer me a light duty job & I was forced to go on compensation for the rest of my life. I was never given any pension money when I retired, I feel I was wrongly treated at Lafarge especially since I was a faithful & reliable employee all the time I was there,,I would get up at 1 or 2 am to receive ships coming in with aggregate even though I worked 10 hrs before on the same day.

    Advice to Management

    Il know a few drivers STILL working there who tell me they have worked there too long now to quit & are almost ready for retirement & can`t wait til that day. Others have taken up employment elsewhere where they are greatly appreciated & doing the same job. Lafarge will be ALL owned by the mob ( Coco Paving) eventually & I can see where the union will be dissolved & it will be a low paying , hard working job for all...


  7. "VIce President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots challenges, good team and employee environment, great medical and pension package

    Cons

    Lots of subjective decision from mgmt

  8. "Industrial Relations Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Relations Manager in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Industrial Relations Manager in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lafarge (More than a year)

    Pros

    For the time I was in there I can not tell something good

    Cons

    To far from home, little operation, senior management making a lot of operations


  9. "Executive Internal Auditor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Lahore (Pakistan)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Lahore (Pakistan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Its big construction firm , i have learnt a lot from the cement sector .

    Cons

    yes its good for new commers

    Advice to Management

    Their employees are their assets


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Officer System Admin"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Officer Systems Administrative in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Officer Systems Administrative in Chennai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    All Plant are working based on their own potentials, management only asked profit, collection, and orders, but not supported directly, and not asked any assistance to you want, they blame the plant employees, they hide the unsafe incident and give more important for self only

    Cons

    Management Contact meeting and give freedom to speak and give a chance to work independently, only control and watch the plant employees not interrupted their daily actives,

    Advice to Management

    In any problem arise in plant please asked employees individually and give chance to proof it


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