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Airgas Reviews

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
160 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good pay, fair chance to advance, good benefits for a family with children (in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good pay for upper management, job security as long as one looks the other way (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management can lose touch with the line worker from time to time (in 13 reviews)

  • No Cons for people who want to put safety and customer service first (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    "VERY STRESSFUL POSITION AT BRANCH MANAGER"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Owensboro, KY
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Owensboro, KY

    I have been working at Airgas full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities (hire within) The pay is decent. As a manager, you get to have a flexible work schedule. Casual clothing policy.

    Cons

    Airgas restructured in 2012 and since then everything has gone down hill at the local branches. It helped the company overall as a corporation and stock pricing, but upper management has continually thrown additional responsibilities to the branch managers to the point that everything they want done CAN'T be done because there are not enough hours in the day. I have been with the company seven years, and this is by far the most stressful year I've had. Since the restructure, our region alone has had to replace at least 15 branch managers because of the impossible demands.
    As a manager of a small branch, you are expected to fill in for your employees that call in sick or are on vacation AND do your job. You end up doing everybody's job. At a large branch, you have the luxury of delegating responsibilities for some of these areas. At times, I have worked upward to 70 hours a week or more. Some weeks I have worked 35 hours.
    Airgas used to boast one of the best cultures anywhere, but after the consolidation and added work, people have gotten burned out and resentful.
    The welding supply industry is a stressful industry to work in because customers are very demanding and all their needs are emergencies it seems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look at the turnover of Branch Managers as proof that the current system isnt working. By consolidating corporate offices and then turning around and putting the responsibility back on the branch is a step backwards. I see the turnover to continue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Learning an interesting trade

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Airgas full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The whole process of learning how to fill highly compressed gas cylinders. Gaining the knowledge on how to analyze medical & food grade gases and how to use the instruments to perform said assay.

    Cons

    Very dangerous. Company seems to have started caring less about its employees and more about the stockholders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a day and get hands on experience of always evolving SOPs. Be more understand that people can only handle so much work before it starts to get stressful and seems like no end in sight

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Airgas

    Pros

    Experience is great. Learn sales skills and get valuable SAP Experience. Money is good for entry level positions.

    Cons

    Environment is a tough one with a lot of negativity in the telesales environment. No growth available in the company. This is a good job to build your resume for a few years and move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much change and not enough consistency as far as communicating with sales people. Get rid of the dead weigh negative people that are sucking the life out of the morale of office.

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  5.  

    Airgas was a good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Germantown, WI
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Germantown, WI

    I worked at Airgas full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the people were really great. We had many company gatherings throughout the year. Each year they did an awesome Christmas party.

    Cons

    High calls and minutes goals for a call center were hard to maintain because of the disruptive atmosphere. Noisy. Training with vendors was a little redundant and excessive; we trained at least 2-3 times every week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time getting to know your employees and helping them rather than kissing up to corporate.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Credit clerk

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - A/R Clerk in Bristol, PA
    Current Employee - A/R Clerk in Bristol, PA

    I have been working at Airgas full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ok place to work if you need a job

    Cons

    no yearly bonus, not a lot of advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I think it is a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Airgas full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big company with perks for employees and everyone seems happy

    Cons

    micromanaging, clocking in, and too many systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep smiling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quirky company, good business model.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Airgas full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good financials, industry fairly "recession-proof", many locations, tremendous opportunity for the right people.

    Cons

    Management by "who do you like, who do you know" rather than on real, objective performance and first hand experience of the individual worker. Poorly prepared managers, no coaching for success (rarely, have to be "boss lucky" and your "press" needs to be very positive.
    First impression was that co-workers do not treat each other well, not supportive--almost mean to each other.
    Local culture is leader dependent, not aligned with corporate culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great potential to become a top notch employee supportive company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Whittier, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Whittier, CA

    I have been working at Airgas full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I'm always busy, benefits are good and you always meet new people.

    Cons

    Management seems to lack in being supportive, decisions by VP are mostly based on personal preference rather than whats better for company & employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Unorganized and unguided

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Technician in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Airgas full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you work in North Dakota you will get plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    You will have no life outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow thru with training and educating of employes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    It Sounds Good at First, But....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales/Relief Driver
    Current Employee - Inside Sales/Relief Driver

    I have been working at Airgas full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-Workers in the trenches are great people, who want to do it right. Decent time off policy. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    If you're not part of the 'good-old-boy- network and a 'yes man' to management, forget about ANY chance for advancement.
    A LOT of redundancy and bureaucracy in the management strata. Positions are created and given to those that follow the party line and don't make waves or ask questions.
    District managers are bullies who only want yes men and not problem solvers.
    NEVER question them or you're on the Permanent-Bad-Boy,-Keep-Him-Around-Because-He-Can-Do-Every-Job-There List.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go through the middle management positions and some of your business "leadership" positions and see who is actually producing anything worthwhile.
    LISTEN (#7 in your little 3 C's chart) to those that perform the work and see your customers (drivers and inside sales) NOT account managers-they will say anything to look good.
    Hold your account managers more responsible for visiting the customers and solving problems. DO NOT leave it for the branch personnel to fix account manager mistakes, lies and oversites (read blow off of a customer; happens WAY TOO OFTEN in the Mid South area).
    Drivers are much more important to your business than you realize. Don't tell them they are the 'face of Airgas' in one breath, then treat them like crap the rest of the month. Pay them what they're worth. For all the endorsements and training required, I can go somewhere else tomorrow and make A LOT more money....and I may.

    No opinion of CEO

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