Lafarge
3.5 of 5 50 reviews
www.lafarge.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 06, 2014

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69% Approve of the CEO

Lafarge Chairman and CEO Bruno Lafont

Bruno Lafont

(26 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good benefits, fair schedule, and great people to work with"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Professional, great people, fantastic learning ground for people out of school"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Very structured which might be a problem in decision making"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Divergence between Top Management & Technical Team"
    in 3 reviews
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Good resources, but be wary of micro-managing

Quality Control (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Lafarge full-time for more than 3 years

ProsHR 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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Average organization

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Lafarge full-time for more than 3 years

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

ConsManagers 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Strong company undergoing radical HR change

Marketing Analyst (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at Lafarge full-time for more than 5 years

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the restructuring!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

QC Lab Technologist (Former Employee)
Edmonton, AB

I worked at Lafarge full-time for more than a year

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An engaging place to work committed to employee growth.

Business/Marketing Analyst (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Lafarge full-time for less than a year

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

ConsChallenging market conditions have led to downsizing in some markets.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep investing in your employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fast paced and hard work coupled with opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Lafarge full-time

ProsFlexibility within role. Plenty of challenges. You are not a number to management, very good about development and training.

ConsIncreased workload through the economic changes, wearing many hats.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It is a sinking ship

Director (Former Employee)
Reston, VA (US)

I worked at Lafarge full-time for more than 10 years

Prossome of the people were fun

Consleadership is a major problem

Advice to Senior Managementlook around you

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The cement industry is in tough times, Lafarge payscale shows it.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Lafarge

ProsYour objectives and bonus are set for you by management.

ConsThe industry is in bad shape and what used to be higher paid positions are now well below the norm. They can't keep squeezing forever. The talent loss will become great in the next few years.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe cement industry is not for most people in general. At the plant level it is very hard work and not in the best of environments, hot, dusty, dirty, long hours. The compensation used to be there but not now.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Lafarge full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThey do care for employees

ConsBureaucracy and lots of paper work and useless reports

Advice to Senior ManagementPurge and change what is not working, less is more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A very good company that recognize the employee needs

Safety (Former Employee)
Harare (Zimbabwe)

I worked at Lafarge full-time for more than a year

ProsEmployees are empowered and contribute in decision making

ConsGood company to work for

Advice to Senior ManagementShould keep on considering employees' views

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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