Lafarge Reviews

Updated 4 October, 2014
Updated 4 October, 2014
68 Reviews
3.4
68 Reviews
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Lafarge Président-Directeur Général Bruno Lafont
Bruno Lafont
36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lafarge offered good benefits like a company vehicle, insurance, and pay was OK (in 6 reviews)

  • Professional, great people, fantastic learning ground for people out of school (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The pace of decision making is slow; internal moves across the different business lines need stronger focus (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is rather severe (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent Company, but it is a life style.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, excellent safety culture

    Cons

    long hours, limited budget for repairs and plant upgrades

  2.  

    Great Company, amazing benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ready-Mix Driver in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Ready-Mix Driver in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Even if you get only 4 hours of work, we got 8 hours of pay. Pay was incredible! 1.5 Pay after 8 hours, 2x pay after 10 hours plus pay for lunches if you were unable to take them

    Cons

    Long days but otherwise no cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Went from good to bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lafarge

    Pros

    Work Life balance
    Perks and expenses

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing
    Message from Bruno Lafont gets diluted and confused as it reaches the front line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop always wanting more for less

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people and culture.
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Development is done in other countries with different hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexible location would be nice for everybody.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good resources, but be wary of micro-managing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    HR is very with it; global network of people and resources; lots of opportunity to move within the company globally and locally; great health and safety initiatives; got to use all my experience and languages in my daily work

    Cons

    Managers can be discouraging if you try to move within the organization; very hierarchical; seemed like they had more people doing the same jobs as my previous company (same industry); be wary of micro-managing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the union-management adversarial culture/mindset; hire good people and let them do their job; address the polarized responses from the employee engagement survey

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities. If you have high drive, nice place to work and start career.

    Cons

    Managers need some training with respect to soft skills. A lot of the managers I dealt with were missing the soft skills necessary to retain younger engineers

    Forget about moving up because it seems like they are set in their ways to pick their favourites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong company undergoing radical HR change

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional, great people, fantastic learning ground for people out of school. Strong data & ERP. Very sophisticated HR & culture.

    Cons

    Lots of travel, bureacracy, questionable international appointments. Undergoing radical changes and restruturing though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the restructuring!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Worked a lab job and it was good overall. No real complaints.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QC Lab Technologist in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - QC Lab Technologist in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Consistent work and overall a decent experience. Pay was also decent at the time and for the position.

    Cons

    The job was seasonal, so there was no work during the winter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An engaging place to work committed to employee growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business/Marketing Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Business/Marketing Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Mutli-National with multiple opportunities long-term, provided you are in their core-divisions.

    Cons

    Challenging market conditions have led to downsizing in some markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience and chance for career growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Senior in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Marketing Senior in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at Lafarge full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lafarge in the UAE was an exciting place to be. As with most every large company, there are downsides to being so big, but there are also upsides--such as training and development, many benefits, and the chance to interact with smart people everywhere.
    I joined while the company was still in the start-up phase in the UAE, the management team was very supportive and it created an immediate sense of belonging.. to the Lafarge family.

    Cons

    Long procedures before decision making!
    Lack of middle management communication channels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interaction with shop-floor.
    Review cost cutting strategies (expenses of main office vs. sites.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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