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Updated March 28, 2017
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Saint-Gobain Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pierre-André de Chalendar
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is great and I have plenty of work to keep my days busy (in 21 reviews)

  • company has Healthy work environment (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • In some departments You will have no work life balance in this company as there arent enough resources (in 8 reviews)

  • Delay in decision making by management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "VIE Process engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    World wide group (lots of opportunities)
    Management really close to the wish
    Developping environement friendly

    Cons

    Forthe moment I don't see any cons


  2. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked in two divisions and I can say it is one of the best companies that I have worked in. There are growth opportunities if you are willing to relocate, however it can be difficult to find opportunities to grow at one location. People tend to stay in their positions for years. It is an extremely large company with many diverse offerings and locations. SG provides opportunities for training and development.

    Cons

    Typically you will need to relocate to grow. Most employees do not manage their career growth, and therefore stay in the same positions which makes growth a challenge for those who want to progress.
    Education benefits have been cut deeply. There is not a significant contribution to the employee's continuing education.
    Some parts of the business are very much a "good old boy" network. If you are not part of the club, you will not be treated the same.
    SG is very slow to take action against employees who violate policies or the code of conduct. HR is overly cautious when it comes to disciplining people appropriately and poor behavior is tolerated to an extreme.
    SG is very slow to make decisions. In my experience, hiring is at least a six month ordeal. I am hesitant to recommend friends to apply for positions because the process is so slow and with such poor communication. Once hired, most employees are not provided adequate training or orientation to get them up to speed quickly. To be successful the individual must drive their own training and development.

    Advice to Management

    Work to improve the overall HR experience for the employees. There have been too many instances of people being allowed to disregard the Code of Conduct and Principles for years, with no apparent repercussions. There is a perception that their is a lack of accountability to the Principles or Code.
    The hiring process and orientation could be drastically improved. We need to create a positive process that both develops our new employees and creates an image of a company who cares about the employees from day 1.


  3. "Radome Assembler"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Radome Assembler in Puyallup, WA
    Current Employee - Radome Assembler in Puyallup, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love this company because it is a whole package. Their team environment is highly collaborative, they have a good benefit package, and have profit sharing bonuses every year.

    Cons

    The pay is not transparent and not equal around the plant with many people working the same job and receiving wildly different rates that don't even seem to reflect skill or experience level.

    Advice to Management

    Transparent, fair, and equal pay opportunities.


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  5. "HR"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, beautiful campus and building

    Cons

    Takes forever to get anything accomplished since it is so matrixed

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with employees and give managers more time/coach how to spend more time with their teams


  6. "Material Mover/ Prepper"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good safety and good practices.

    Cons

    Bad working conditions, bad pay, bad bosses

    Advice to Management

    Care about the employees a little more and realize the strain put on them working in that metal box (especially in 110º conditions in the summer).


  7. "Maintenance Tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Faribault, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Faribault, MN

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Growing company. Very clean inside .


  8. "Great potential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality in Portage, WI
    Current Employee - Quality in Portage, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits start day 1. Overtime available. Clean factory. Many good changes coming. Education reimbursement. Many shifts available. Job rotation. Great future potential

    Cons

    Forgetting about off shifts. Just because you have been employed for a long time doesn't mean you get special treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those that you are assisting in education expense.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Employees are very involved, ideas are listened to

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions but that can be good sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the employees


  10. "Great Place"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    bureaucratic environment but typical for large corp

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. "Saint-Gobain - Old French company. It's Growing, and it's the giant nobody knows."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Nice to have a company really striving to follow all the rules. Good Benefits. Lots of room to grow/move into different roles and try new things.

    Cons

    Too Much Paperwork and Meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to ALL the employees not just managers/Admin. Too much SIM company (numbers numbers numbers) = lots of problems and profit loss. You might save in the short term game but loose in the long run.



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