LaFrance Reviews

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George Barrar
16 Ratings

    Career Start-up Location w/ High Turnover, Mind Numbing Work and Beaten Staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Concordville, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Concordville, PA (US)

    I worked at LaFrance full-time (more than 3 years)


    - Easy Job for Recent Grads/Interns
    - Resume Builder
    - Very Casual Dress Code (Jeans, Sweatshirts, Shorts, T-Shirts, Sweatpants and etc.)
    - Quarterly Company Lunches w/ prizes
    - Flex is allowed, but approval is needed and rarely given
    - International Work Experience
    - Half Days before Holidays
    - Very Friendly Staff
    - Clean Office Building


    The Job
    - Mind-Numbing Work- You will spend most of your time creating Part Visions that are made in a standard format.
    - Scared of Change- This company is archaic in their Culture and Leadership . The CEO even frowns upon Middle Management praising employees.
    - Very Limited Growth Opportunity - The staff has either been there forever or is on its way out the door. It is depressing to see talented individuals leave for more promising work.
    - Low-End Pay - Raises and bonuses are below Market Standards.

    The Staff
    - High Turnover - About one or more people a month leave LaFrance's HQ of less than 200 people.
    - Staff - Comprised of mostly recent college grads and long-time employees preparing for retirement. Staff has either been broken from layoffs or is extremely green.
    - Middle Management - Consists mostly of relatives and friends of the owner and CEO. In many instances these individuals have been gifted their positions and have those working under them who are more suitable for the task.
    - CEO - Unfriendly, hot-headed, and strategically stifling. At one point taught training classes for Project Managers and frequently ridiculed employees for not providing the responses he was looking for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more stimulating workplace for your employees and fight to keep the ones that show promise. Acknowledge the fact that your turnover rate is excessively high and do something about it.

    Promote the few talented individuals that you still have left before you lose them. There are entirely too many people that have earned their wings and do not have the pay or responsibility to reflect it.

    Raise up your employees instead of beating them down.

    Set realistic goals and grow your core business further. LaFrance has a niche and is still making money from it, but it cannot break into other markets. This is a disturbing hurdle and needs to be overcome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

LaFrance Interviews

Updated 13 Aug 2014
Updated 13 Aug 2014

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    Research and Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Concordville, PA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Concordville, PA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at LaFrance.

    Interview Details

    Easy, asked to review what is on your resume and some technical questions that the company is currently facing. You do not have to give the right answer, just want to see how you think.

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    Easy Interview

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Headquarters Concordville, PA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1946
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $100 to $500 million (AUD) per year

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