Lafarge Canada Employee Reviews

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worried more about saving money than workers
Lead hand, (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 April 2017
Been working here over 20 years, was great for many years, but since Holcim has taken over, many cut backs even with safety. upper management tends to try and run off older more experienced workers for cheap labour, that will save money, but will cost more in the long run. Much needed maintenance is being shrugged off to save some dollars, but will bite them in the butt in the long run.
Pros
Can't really think of any lately
Cons
Unexpected managers fresh out of school
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Great place to work
Maintenance Welder (Former Employee) –  Bow River Calgary10 April 2017
Management was good and supportive.There was great camaraderie within the team I worked with .Management always showed appreciation for a job well done.
Pros
Pizza at the monthly safety meetings
Cons
Hard physical work
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Lack of education prevents management making the right decisions.
Transit Mix Driver (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB4 April 2017
Most unfortunate for the rank and file employees that do excellent work, practice safety 24/7 and take pride in their work is the fact management are uneducated and therefore lack the management skills necessary to run a successful day to day customer based business. They could be doing 100 times better but refuse ANY "suggestions". Makes for a work force that constantly complain, backstab and hate each and every day. Unfortunately because of major outstanding bills some stay.
Pros
Not there anymore
Cons
There too long.
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Amazing job
Concrete Truck Driver (Current Employee) –  North Bay, ON30 March 2017
Great job, if you like the fast paced world of concrete. New challenges everyday on job sites. Learn all different mix designs. Great safety culture and awesome management.
Pros
Union benefits. Paid lunch
Cons
Supply in demand.
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Barrier between Management team and Work Team
Quality Control Engineer (Former Employee) –  SpyHill, Calgary, Alberta29 March 2017
Management team usually does not know what the work team actually do on daily tasks, lack of communication and lack of care. Employee did not get the proper respect from the managers. Office harassment happens everyday.
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Lafarge no longer exists
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Concord, ON21 March 2017
Lafarge was bought by Holcim. The days of working the "Lafarge way" are over. Anyone who applies there should now look for Holcim reviews as Holcim does not have the same values as Lafarge did.
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Upper management needed work. Great co-workers to work with.
Asphalt Superintendent (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC22 January 2017
Good company to work for. Great equipment and crews providing quality work. Upper management okay as work is routine and crews have been working together as a team and it shows. If you are part of the upper management you have to be liked and get along with the group or you will be pushed out no matter how good you perform.
Pros
Good place to work overall
Cons
Upper management, poor job security
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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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Decent company. Mis managed though
Estimator/Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Western Canada24 November 2016
Decent company to work for. However, consistently placed wrong people in management positions. Way too much micro managing. Managers were not good leaders in most upper management positions.
Pros
Salary and benefits
Cons
Mis management
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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