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Updated November 14, 2018
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Saint-Gobain Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pierre-André de Chalendar
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  1. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Salaries, benefits, opportunities for growth and travel

    Cons

    Long hours and uncaring managers


  2. "Great place to work & beautiful building"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Malvern, PA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and great coworkers!

    Cons

    Open concept workspace really hard to work in.

  3. "Enjoyed my time here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - interesting work
    - growth opportunities
    - diversity and multiculturalism

    Cons

    - very stingy pay increases
    - typical corporate culture moments


  4. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    opportunities for growth
    innovative company
    great place for recent graduates

    Cons

    few north america locations
    carge corporate structure can mean lots of red tape sometimes


  5. "Entry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    You can work internationally. Lots of chance to have bussinesstrip abroad

    Cons

    Time gap. For reporting, we have to meet french time zone.


  6. "okay place to start out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    co-workers, educational opportunities, and atmosphere

    Cons

    Matrixed organization secretive, and poorly trained younger managers


  7. "Bad Management; Great Learning Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA

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

    Pros

    I generally had a great learning experience at NRDC. The vast number of PhDs/experts and diverse research topics allow you to grow as a scientist or engineer. The company is also very keen on sending its employees to formal trainings, which I find admirable. Really, you learn a lot working at this place.

    Global company means global opportunities. You can relocate throughout the world with Saint-Gobain, and they actually encourage this.

    Cons

    There is major gender bias in favor of women. I'm all for diversity, but this company takes it to the extreme.

    There were several incidents (very recently) where management forced employees to do laps up and down a 3 story staircase because they were not holding the handrail.

    If it weren't for the new management or gender bias, I'd give this place a much better rating. However, the cons listed above are serious issues that need to be addressed by HR.

    Advice to Management

    People should not be doing laps up and down the staircases.

  8. "It's not awful."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Room for growth

    Awesome learning culture

    Room to try new things

    Great safety culture.

    Cons

    So much red tape.

    Sad policies on vacation time and paternity leave.

    More focus on recruiting than retaining employees.

    A ridiculously high number of French [male] executives.
    I've read the excuses on here in the replies, but I'm not buying it. I'd guess about a quarter of sales are in France - there is clearly are disproportionate numbers of French executives. It's very discouraging being an employee literally anywhere else because with many opportunities French are considered first. (I tried to link to the Saint-Gobain leadership page on the website but I'm not allowed to use links)

    Advice to Management

    Also, please stop disagreeing with people in your replies - it looks bad and that's not what anyone ever wants from filling one of these things out.


  9. "director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    total pay and benefits package

    Cons

    being us and working for french


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job people were awesome to work with.

    Cons

    The month end closes could be time consuming.


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