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Saint-Gobain Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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Saint-Gobain Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pierre-André de Chalendar
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  • "Work life balance needs review in some cases" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Beuracratic, long decision making, small marketing budget" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and treats their employees very well

    Cons

    Lack of growth when working in the middle east offices


  2. "Wide-Reaching Company that Cares about Employees and Environment"

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

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Extremely smart and generous global co-workers
    Clear company vision that includes sustainability
    Demonstrated and organized process for career development that begins day 1.

    Cons

    Travel may be necessary depending on role (though, travel to great places)
    Typically offices not located in urban centers
    Can take a while to understand the structure of the company

  3. "Broad-Reaching Company that Cares about Employees and Environment"

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

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Strategy for career development that begins day 1
    Clear vision that includes sustainability
    Extremely smart and generous global co-workers
    Ability to spend career in company but move to various different industries, roles, and geographies.

    Cons

    Depending on role, can include travel
    Can be difficult to understand the structure of the large company.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. 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.

  8. "Worker"

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good hours

    Cons

    Staying organized is the key

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving people opportunities


  9. "Industrial Sales Rep"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good Work life.
    - Good People

    Cons

    - A lot of older employees that have been there for a long time.
    - Not many opportunities to advance career


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Picker"

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    Former Employee - Order Picker in Plainfield, IN
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Plainfield, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sorry no good reason to work in a sweat shop in USA

    Cons

    I got hurt Bad on the job and was fired because Saint gobain never has injury cause they fire Injured workers

    Advice to Management

    People Are Human


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