Lafarge Canada Employee Reviews

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They don't do what they say
Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB21 August 2017
They always said they have no money. People are in management that should not be there! Management needs to treat their employees with more respect as they sit in their offices and joke around about their employees. I was very disappointed with this company.
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Very hard work, and extremely long hours
Assistant Superintendent (Former Employee) –  Burlington, ON27 July 2017
Great pay, but expect to literally live at the batch plant. A typical day, I would wake up at 4:30am, to open the plant at 5am, and not be home until after 10pm, 6 days a week!
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Long hours, highly confrontational and aggressive atmosphere
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Good place to work.
Manufacturing Manager (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC21 July 2017
Solid company, steady business. Great opportunities to learn and develop skills. Good work culture with good pay and benefits. The matrix organization can be challenging at times.
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Pretty cool place to work
Quality Control Technician (Former Employee) –  Kingston, ON19 July 2017
Everything about this company is great. The manager is amazing, she's not around much but she has a great attitude and is very helpful whenever there's a problem. The only problems I had were that when production was slow I had nothing to do.
Pros
Overall good pay
Cons
Repetitive
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Great place to work and learn
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB13 June 2017
- Always given opportunity to learn about concrete technology and construction
- Management was good
- Great job culture with great co workers
- Good hours
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Disorganized, long hours, awful corporate culture
Finance (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON9 May 2017
Very centralized organization that gets bullied by the head office in Zurich. Disorganized to the point where work-life balance has diminished as well corporate culture. Over and over again I hear "Use to be fun and exciting before the merger"
Pros
None
Cons
Disorganized, no work-life balance, no culture
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une entreprise ou fidelité est de mise
Directeur logistique Québec (Former Employee) –  Québec, QC23 April 2017
j'y ai travailler prêt de 35 année ou l objectif en était un de satisfaction client autant interne qu'externe.
que de beau explois!
Pros
réalisation personnelle multiple
Cons
très forte effervescence sur de longue heure de travaille
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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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Fast paced, long hours
Concrete Finisher (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB10 April 2017
Early mornings, late evenings. Working out in the open fresh air, feeling a sense of accomplishment after a hard days work. Concrete waits for no man, so you learn to work quickly and get it right the first time.
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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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