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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience and chance for career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    Great experience and wonderful employer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Rei (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Rei (Belgium)

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

    Pros

    Great experience and wonderful employer.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is rather severe.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Work Life balance is good ,training has been decent,compensation good,opportunities have been fair.

    Cons

    Culture,One team as a management,decision making extremely slow;too many people involved in every decision taken from small approvals to meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralise decision making,allow others to do their job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great team in a huge company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lafarge

    Pros

    Dealing with really big stuff and global scope

    Cons

    Spain and Portugal marketing were not important players

  6.  

    Excellent Company, but it is a life style.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    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

  7.  

    One of the biggest cement, aggregates & concrete companies in the world; now even bigger after the merger

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

    I worked at Lafarge

    Pros

    Promotes people, great training, top health & safety performer, global network is active.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be a problem when trying to get things done.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst cement company in India to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GET in Raipur, Chhattisgarh (India)
    Current Employee - GET in Raipur, Chhattisgarh (India)

    I have been working at Lafarge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None....They think money is everything for us.

    Cons

    Countless....They never respect you. They treat Indians like dogs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Environmental Intern, Environmental monitoring and compliance work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Intern in Alpena, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Environmental Intern in Alpena, MI (US)

    I have been working at Lafarge as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture- everyone is very personable. Safety is top priority. Great opportunities to grow within the company. The company takes good care of its employees.

    Cons

    Wages are salaried which can be frustrating when working more than 40 hours every week. It is just something to take into consideration when offered a job there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lafarge is a company from the core sector, but the growth potential has been missed and not kept pace with the growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager Sales in Nāgpur, Maharashtra (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager Sales in Nāgpur, Maharashtra (India)

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

    Pros

    Give liberty to Achieve the results. You learn to work on your own.

    Cons

    No clarity and guidance from seniors. The seniors are low achievers. There is too much of politics in this company. People who are a part of the coterie get promotions and high increments. Not able to retain talented people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be open.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    They're falling apart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations

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

    Pros

    Lafarge offered good benefits like a company vehicle, insurance, and pay was OK. Formerly dominated the building materials market.

    Cons

    You only get training if you're deemed high potential. Bad relationships amongst co-workers. A lot of management is not transparent. Talk a good game, but don't follow through. If you work your butt off it may not matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more upfront about what's happening. You're not breeding a good work enthronement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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