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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Review Highlights

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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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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Interned at the research center in France over the summer, friendly environment, but work was a little boring.

Chemical Analysis and Measurements Intern (Current Employee)

I have been working at Lafarge as an intern for less than a year

ProsPretty decent benefits are given to employees. The food at the cafeteria was really cheap and good.

ConsThey don't speak English very well

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Lafarge: An Encouraging Platform for Passionate Risk Takers

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Paris (France)

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

ProsNot routine; able to launch new initiatives, develop new territories, sell, build teams, manage multicultural environments.

ConsToo few to consider for this company.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease continue your willingness to encourage a analytical risk-takers the autonomy to manage large-scale investment/divestment projects in emerging/frontier markets.

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Part of a multinational leader in cement, concrete & aggregates

Construction & Building Systems Specialist (Former Employee)
Athens (Greece)

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

ProsMultinational experience and culture. Good remuneration package. Leaders in H&S. Good working environment. Some exceptional people in management.

ConsHeavily bureaucratic. French central management doesn't always understand the country needs. Currently (2013) not hiring. Bad results and recession have led to a lot of lay-offs.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let people go just on the basis that you have to get the numbers right. Be more merit-based.

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

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Good resources, but be wary of micro-managing

Quality Control (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

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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good experience, constant job at low risk

Manager (Current Employee)
Cairo (Egypt)

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

Prosgood experience, constant job at low risk

Consweak training program, low management skills

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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