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Good evening. I am thinking of applying for a job in Holderbank with LafargeHolcim and was looking for some general advice. I heard the Swiss can be difficult to make friends with. I don’t many so not sure if that is true. Any idea what Holderbank is like in terms of housing and social activities, cost of living, etc. Many thanks in advance
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I advise you to change your username to something non identifiable as a first step.
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It’s not my real name but good advice anyway. Thanks
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Re: Working for LafargeHolcim

Holderbank is a very quiet area, I don't know what you mean by social activities. Going to Schinznach Bad? I think only Zurich can count as active in the area. Maybe Baden, a bit too, but you have to plan ahead, or else you'll go there and there's nothing going on (happened to me ). People are for sure difficult to make friends with, I mean, they are very nice and polite and all, but that's it.

Good luck with your decision and move!
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Re: Working for LafargeHolcim

Thanks for the feedback. I was wondering if there was a gym or cinema or something like that. I heard that the Swiss could be difficult to get to know especially more in the north. I heard Zürich is about an 1 hour away (I presume that is the nearest airport) which I presume is quite lively. Thanks a lot
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Re: Working for LafargeHolcim

Don’t expect them to come and knock on your door to say hi. But it certainly wouldn’t hurt to go and knock on theirs to say Grüezi, or Grüezi mittenand (greeting more than one person). Don’t expect them to invite you in, for the first couple of years at least.

If you make an effort most will welcome you, some won’t. Once you do make friends they will be friends for life.


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Re: Working for LafargeHolcim

You know, you can google all these things. The entire Switzerland is a gym as far as I'm concerned. You can go to the movies in Brugg or in Lenzburg.
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Re: Working for LafargeHolcim

Thanks for the input. Great advice. Thanks a lot
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You know, you can google all these things. The entire Switzerland is a gym as far as I'm concerned. You can go to the movies in Brugg or in Lenzburg.
LOL. You got a point. Wish I wouldn't put so much energy in ignoring that.
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Re: Working for LafargeHolcim

If you work in Switzerland your boss is generally German... your colleagues spend half their time on EF and the others are out drinking coffee and smoking. If you actually are lucky enough to have any natives on the team, likely they will be off shooting something somewhere for many weeks / work part time / start working in the middle of the night and leave office whilst you're still mid way through pudding.

Like any job though, look it up on google and go visit if you are serious - Holderbank is not any where near anything... especially if you consider that Zurich is any way a small town
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Don’t expect them to invite you in, for the first couple of years at least.
I was invited in before I'd even moved in.
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