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Saint-Gobain Reviews

Updated May 19, 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)

  • no cons as such in this company (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    interesting projects, ability to move within the organization , stable company

    Cons

    a lot of key positions go to French employees

    Advice to Management

    keep up good work


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Where old white men go to stagnate the last 10 years before retirement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits when it comes to medical/dental/dependents. Family emergencies and the like are treated like actual unforeseen events, and not line items that you have 3 vacations days remaining in the calendar year for. This is a big, big nod to the HR department, who is full of compassionate, understanding, professional people. You might interview with them; they're great.

    The new building is nice and is a welcome upgrade from the previous location. Many people who work here have been with the company for decades, and are a very valuable source of information for someone who is just joining the company. If it doesn't already, your wardrobe will soon swell with plain clothes of unoffensive colors that aren't suited for any other occasion.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant. I have been witness to department heads announce that even though they're creating a new position, they're already bringing in their friend for orientation next week. Thought you could maybe show that you're qualified for the position? Oh, but I already told them they could have it, so we're not even doing interviews.

    I used to wonder why this company is 10 years behind the times technologically. I used to think of this as an opportunity to show management how we could automate, streamline and simplify processes. But I forgot the one thing holding it all back: management is 55+, white and male. Unable to learn and unable to adapt to change. If you're under 30 and want to work here, good luck. The wi-fi doesn't even work in half of the "state-of-the-art" building three years after it was built.

    Advice to Management

    Is a clean sweep of mid-level management a possibility? Or just hold them accountable when they lose millions, instead of punishing the rest of the company by lowering bonuses that people depend on.

  3. "Design Engineer"

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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

    Pros

    Great company , amazing travel opportunities and growth

    Cons

    6 day week - heavy work load


  4. "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Overall corporation is diverse, has ERGs, worldwide presence, has good CSR

    Cons

    Local facility sometimes lacks ambition and is slow to adapt


  5. "Good place to work"

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

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good retirement.

    Cons

    In the middle of a transition, so job functions and duties are a bit unaligned, but it should straighten itself out in a few months.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability of management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Boring in all the right ways."

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    Former Employee - Technical Manager
    Former Employee - Technical Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industrial company, more and more focused on building products. When housing starts are good, they will do well.

    It is a French multi-national that tends to be very careful with its decisions and its cash. Expects to keep growing but misses some opportunities when they are too pricey. Some strong cultures of manufacturing and finance. You will never miss a paycheck.

    They have been trimming benefits, but not as fast as some companies. Likes educated candidates. Good workmanship and professionalism are generally recognized in this company. Socially responsible.

    Cons

    Can be a little hard to advance, especially if you are not from the Northeast.
    Corporate office is quite a ways from center city Philly, but could be good if you are raising a family and need a house.
    Decision processes not always obvious - sometimes nothing happens until someone in France says okay.
    Can get a bit internally focused.
    Don't go to work here if you like to make your own rules.

    Advice to Management

    You have a nice company, do not rest on your laurels.


  7. "Great place to work"

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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

    A lot of opportunity for growth and development in your career within the company.
    Can transfer within Saint Gobain

    Cons

    Globalized policies may be too encompassing at times.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not for Women"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    They are still open.

    Cons

    Not a good place if you want to get ahead for a woman. They discriminate against age and gender. This place ruined my career.

    Advice to Management

    I would be terrified to tell anyone how I really feel.


  9. "R&D"

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

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment. Good opportunities for development

    Cons

    Too much politics. Management does decisions with perceptions, not with real data.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers who will do what it takes to meet bonus goals. Special admiration for the Finance team who works unbelievable hours at the end of every month/quarter/year and reforecast periods.

    Cons

    French based focus on gender diversity that discounts our US focus on all minority hiring.


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