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Lafarge Reviews

Updated August 4, 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 (3)

    "Poor Place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cement can run its self

    Cons

    Bad upper Management out look


  2. "Credit analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    big company, good reputation. negative experience

    Cons

    negative competition. every employees are temp. ni recruitment

  3. "Lafarge Syria, Very Corrupt Company, Have a Great Potential Misused"

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    Current Employee - Lafarge Employee in Aleppo (Syria)
    Current Employee - Lafarge Employee in Aleppo (Syria)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary "for few employee only"
    Training and improvement opportunities "for few employee only"
    International big company, with good experience for some positions

    Cons

    everyone worked in Lafarge outside Syria tell you that there is a big difference between them and Lafarge Syria, and that Lafarge Syria is not a Lafarge !!!

    - The HR department role the company, they hire their contacts in the best positions, with the best salaries and distribute the benefits only between them.

    - There is no salaries policy, some employees in the same positions with lower competencies, experiences and education, get 50% higher salary, because of their contact to the HR "Specially in the HO", some workers get more than specialist, technicians more than engineers,and normal staff more than their supervisors who work with them in the same place.

    - Purchasing department also corrupted, they get commission of all the contracts and purchases they make, some of them making millions every year, with the cover from the top management and board of directors, or what they call it the "executive committee"

    - All the cost deduction policies targets the low grades employee "under managerial level" only, and managers can spend all their department budgets on their benefits and expanses.

    - No effective employee evaluation system, almost all the promotion and raises depend on the relationship with the HR, and how much you willing to pay.

    - The management spend million on wrong dissensions and no held for accountable

    - Most of the employees are not satisfied, and they not loyal for the company, only of course for the beneficiaries

    Advice to Management

    - They should be external auditing from the mother company

    - The hiring should be through 3rd party, and not Syrian is preferable, to get everything in the right place

    - The head office HR department should be changed, since they are the most responsible for the corruption and the wrong policies

    - The productive department staff should be more appropriated and taking care of, since they are the real responsible for the company achievements, and less care for the top management and the head office staff since they doesn't effect much on the business.

    - It should be only tow marketing offices in the main cities "Damascus & Aleppo" and all the other employees work from the plant, that will reduce so much of non-necessary and duplicated employees


  4. "Discrimination in Lafarge Iraq Concrete"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant in Basra (Iraq)
    Current Employee - Plant in Basra (Iraq)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall seems good company in Europe

    Cons

    Lafarge in uncivilized countries make people work like a dog. In Iraq Lafarge Concrete no body has a right, GM is king. He is telling lie for his succsess

    Advice to Management

    Change the management in Iraq Concrete


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Lafarge Top Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dy Manager
    Current Employee - Dy Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Don;t Go in Lafarge for work , will spoil the future

    Cons

    3rd Class HR & Top Management , Inexperienced people Leading the teams of Experienced , Not proper HR Policies for Employee ,force for Seniors reporting to Juniors ,

    Advice to Management

    Leave the posts if cant manage


  6. Helpful (1)

    "management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to meet people from all over the world, open culture up to a certain level (generally director and below), used to be great at one time. If you have a good manager, you are encouraged to grow and contribute, but there are fewer left, even the good ones likely wait for their package.

    Cons

    The employee cycle at Lafarge is: get hired, work as hard as you can, maybe get promoted / rotated a few times, get sold off or packaged out. Employees are numbers, at one time the HR was sending paper mail (great IT systems) with "hey employee number, is how much you are costing Lafarge". There are stories with people being lined up on a hallway to receive the pink slip.
    My favorite HR process at Lafarge was the quasi-mandatory 3 year overseas (expat)/ rotational management assignment - this ensured that every senior manager would ultimately reach the Peter Principle level much faster than in other companies!

    From a certain level in the organization, management is completely closed to ideas, and acts like in the years of the French kings (we have a visit from the King to the plant). Very French centric even though the official language is English, very centralized and out of touch, with some absurd solutions (trying to transplant processes from Africa to North America).
    Since the disaster acquisition in 2008 in Egypt, customer comes last, cost cutting comes first, and all departments try to shift cost and work to other departments.
    If you are a customer, know the people who pick up the phone have likely double or triple the workload from 5 years ago.
    No real strategy to talk of, except for cost cutting. No vision, this company only works because it has a localized quasi-monopoly, and there's a high barrier of entry.

    With the merger, at least a third of the people have to go in a year or so, so can't think of any good reason anyone would want to join the company.

    Advice to Management

    Too late, that's why the company is bought by Holcim and the current CEO was not allowed to take control.


  7. "Not worth your time and efforts"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    he company has many good employees who are great to work with. Most of the workers and supervisors are hard working people and treat their coworkers and customers well.

    However, the top management is not respectful to the employees and treats mid level managers, supervisors and employees as numbers. In the end of the day, depending on one of these guys' opinion, your fate can change in a matter of seconds and you could lose your job or get demoted; regardless of your length of service and good performance. This is a culture which is not likely to change and makes the work conditions increasingly difficult, as there is no appetite for change from the Presidents and CEOs side.

    Also, the lack of long term planning for the business, causes unnecessary, pricey and constant reorganizations, which affect workers' jobs continuously.

    If you are a knowledgeable and hard working person, there are many better companies out there that value you and your services, the way you deserve it.

    Cons

    Indeffcetive, Unjust & Disrespectful Management - No Opportunity for Promotion, Unless you are Highly Connceted - No Job Security

    Advice to Management

    Do yourself and favor and look at your turn over rate and compare it with the industry. Do your employees a favor and don't leave your high ranking managers open handed to hire, fire, promote and demote on a whim.

  8. "Working at LafargeHolcim after the merger"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and a wealth of know-how. Flexible working hours and decent benefits. Being an international company allows for global job opportunities.

    Cons

    Too many position cuts for the past 3 years and since the merger while keeping the same asset base. Many people are leaving on their own and positions are not filled.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more resources to the people.


  9. "Quality control"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Alberta in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Alberta in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Lafarge (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime and some good people

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Poor employee safety program
    If you get injured at work you get fired

    Advice to Management

    Poor safety program


  10. "Company detected for high management service"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Aleppo (Syria)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Aleppo (Syria)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (for some)
    Training & gaining experience (for some)

    Cons

    Safety is just a slogan (Syria business unit was a disaster)
    No accountability at all for high management and HR
    Evaluation has no real impact on the career
    No pay equality, stick to a policy, a good negotiator can get much more than more experianced.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the workers, engineers, and technicians.
    Reduce the management scope, and empower all of your employees equally


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