Lafarge Canada Employee Reviews

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This used to be a great place to work
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  Texada Island Land District, BC18 October 2016
Management and the union used to respect each other here. I don't know if it's a result of the merger last year with Holcim but the atmosphere and morale in that time has deteriorated to an all time low. The latest attempt to negotiate new Collective Bargaining Agreement has turned things from bad to toxic. They have locked us out after trying to convince us that neutering the seniority principle and doing away with the majority of the individual postings are a few good ideas. After witnessing how upper management treats lower management, we can just imagine what will be in store for us peons if they have their way. I would definitely NOT hang your hopes on this place as a (mentally) healthy option for gainful employment unless something drastically changes.....(hopefully soon).
One of the other reviewers suggested that the positive reviews here were planted by someone from LaFarge. Judging by my experience, I'd have a hard time arguing with that.
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If your not a smoker and you boss is, you better start smoking to keep your job
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC16 October 2016
Sadly, it's like highschool..Also, if they don't like you. They get rid of you. Doesn't matter if your a hard worker that takes pride in their work..if you don't have the same interests as the manager you might as well not even bother to apply for the job.good company but left in the wrong hands of management, they act like they can do anything they want and get away with it
Pros
Pay
Cons
Many
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Good atmosphere
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 June 2016
Quite busy towards afternoon, previous receptionist trained me on how to clean coffee machines - not part of my job description - eventually coffee maintenance cleaned up the coffee machines which they're supposed to. Co-workers very friendly, management a little uptight if you make mistakes which had more to do with misguided training instructions rather than my own presumptions. Nice atmosphere. Practiced some of my scheduling/Microsoft office/phone skills. A lot of courier/mailing.
Pros
friendly staff
Cons
poor training instruction
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Has its ups and downs but generally a good place to work.
Systems Technician (Current Employee) –  Brookfield, NS6 January 2016
A nice small plant (less than 70 employees) to work in which gives a good level of knowing everyone including management. All good people in their own ways. Easy to work with.
Older plant (50 years) so a lot of problem areas but there has been a fair amount of upgrading and updating of equipment over the years that has included some newer technologies.
The job of Systems Technician can not be described as greatly challenging as there is still a lot of older gear and as such more often than not, the major number of problems that arise are with the older stuff. Some challenge is present just not as much as I had gotten used to with my prevous employer.
Pros
Not bad benefits and wage for the region and very close to home.
Cons
Management lacks somewhat in planning and coordination of jobs.
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Good place to work
MECHANIC, SHOP LEAD HAND (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB30 April 2016
Some of the management practices are questionable. It is a large company advancement seemed more available to family and friends. I liked working there, it is to bad I could not have transferred within Edmonton.
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Good place to work.
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK16 February 2016
Demanding/ fulfilling work. Long hours. decent pay. good benefits. Respecful management. The only thing i would say i dislike about this company is how seasonal the work is.
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fun place to work
Quality Control Technician (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB8 April 2016
i love it here and its a great place to work the management is great and the works are great as well. i would tell everyone to join Lafarge if they can
Pros
Free Lunch
Cons
Long Hours
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Not what you might you think
HR Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 November 2015
The company has many good employees who are great to work with. Most of the workers and supervisors are hard working people and treat their coworkers and customers well.

However, the top management is not respectful to the employees and treats mid level managers, supervisors and employees as numbers. In the end of the day, depending on one of these guys' opinion, your fate can change in a matter of seconds and you could lose your job or get demoted; regardless of your length of service and good performance. This is a culture which is not likely to change and makes the work conditions increasingly difficult, as there is no appetite for change from the Presidents and CEOs side.

Also, the lack of long term planning for the business, causes unnecessary, pricey and constant reorganizations, which affect workers' jobs continuously.

If you are a knowledgeable and hard working person, there are many better companies out there that value you and your services, the way you deserve it.
Pros
Hard Working Men & Women who Run the Business
Cons
Indeffcetive, Unjust & Disrespectful Management - No Opportunity for Promotion, Unless you are Highly Connceted - No Job Security
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Great environment to work in.
Maintenance Worker, Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee) –  Abbotsford, BC13 May 2016
Great place to work, they appreciate hard work and will recognize it. Learned a lot about mining operations. Great group of co-workers, and great pay and benefits.
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If you are a Concrete or Structural fan this is the place to work for
Quality Control Technologist (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB4 November 2016
Very good to work for if you are coming out of civil engineering school. You will learn various testing methods for concrete. New technologies for concrete and pre-cast design is Lafarge's expertise.
Pros
New Concrete Technologies
Cons
not much
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Good Company. Lousy Management
Administrative Officer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB19 May 2016
Good bunch of regular workers. Management sucks. Safety is talked about a lot and most time rules are followed until deadlines need to be met. Then it all reverts to Production over Safety.
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Productive
Terminal Manager (Former Employee) –  Richmond, BC1 December 2016
It was a decent place to work the jib to personal life balance is not very good. You are expected to work a lot for free with out any kick backs.
Pros
free lunchs
Cons
lang hours with out pay
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Great place to work
Terminal Operator (Current Employee) –  Woodstock, ON19 October 2016
Love working at Lafarge, great people, excellent hours and satisfying work. Love the autonomy I am given there. Hardest part about it is being outside in the cold for the winter.
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Poorly Governed by Ineffective Management
Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Langley, BC20 December 2015
The Western Canada division is riddled with poorly appointed managers who have been chosen based on their connection or by showing blind obedience for the top guys. Low morale at work is an everyday business and makes it difficult to achieve anything other than just a paycheck. For anyone with passion and pride in their work, this is not a right environment.

Putting aside what the company shills and HR have posted here as positive reviews, you can see that this is a common problem as there are many references to mismanagement in this company.

The good reputation achieved in previous years by the conscientious managers is fading, as they leave one by one; and this is fully evident by looking at the unusually high turn over in this market area and the respective business units.
Pros
Paycheck
Cons
Mismanagement, Ineffcetive HR System which only does what the top guys ask
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Great Company
Building Systems Estimator / Sales Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC29 May 2016
Lafarge is a very big company with many different divisions in many different cities in Canada. My experience with them was indeed great.

They prioritize safety at all work places which is a very big deal for both workers and employees, after all we all want to go home unharmed and happy to our beloved families.
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most of the guys were great
Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB25 February 2016
the guys u work with are great.the hours are ok.But the management teams never let you know what was happening,like when u where going get layed off for the season or if or when they may call u back
Pros
good benif package
Cons
never knowing what was happening next /not all year round
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highly productive and ideal office environment
Geological Technologist (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB15 April 2016
Though, the practicum lasted for 15 days only but it turned out to be a great learning experience for me. Most of the times i was working in the field under the supervision of a regional geologist but provided time at the office, I was preliminary involved working on different software and report writing-finding summarizing tasks.
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Extremely Boring
Research and Development Junior Asphalt Technician (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB3 February 2016
If your looking for a job with little work and a great title this is the one. Therre was little to no guidance for management, and corporate are a bunch of stuck up people that think they are better then everyone.
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Enjoyable and competative
Redi Mix Operator (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB23 January 2016
Mix and deliver concrete to various locations in and around Fort McMurray. I enjoyed working there but had to leave because of lack of work available.
Cons
can have some extremely long hours
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very fast pase and need to be able to work well in a group
heavy equipment opp (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB1 May 2016
warm up equipment , process concrete rubble separate rebar and other metals from concrete. push rubble to feeder how for processing
Pros
good experiance
Cons
tight deadlines
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3.9
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