Praxair Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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Praxair President, and CEO Steve Angel
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Pros
  • Good place to work if you are looking for a good work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • People are great hardworking Benefits ok middle of road (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is sometimes a challenge (in 5 reviews)

  • Exclusionary behavior among upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Praxair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, cutting edge technology, financial strength.

    Cons

    Over zealous for safety meetings quota lose's the desired required awareness.
    After 50+, you will be ousted ASAP!

    Advice to Management

    Age discrimination has to be stopped before it becomes talent drain and hurts the corporation.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great for young employees. Great place to get started. Get some skills and get out.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Praxair full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits (check fine print)

    Cons

    Low pay and bonuses. Lots of turnover. Massive lay offs, replacements are extremely young and inexperienced.

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Truck driver

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    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Praxair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work good pay ok insurance

    Cons

    Poorly managed no respect. They talk saftey but dont have a clue high insurance


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  5. It's a paycheck

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    Current Employee - Driver in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Driver in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at Praxair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is better than being unemployed

    Cons

    driving lousy equipmemt and terrible benefits mainly the garbage health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch road net


  6. Helpful (1)

    so-so

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Morrisville, PA
    Current Employee - Chemist in Morrisville, PA

    I have been working at Praxair full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Busy, many overtime hours are available

    Cons

    too much Favortism same people get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good place for business but not highly technical positions (unless you are in a core business)

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Praxair full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High salaries, good benefits, good colleagues, training, challenging work, international travel.

    Cons

    Rigid hierarchy -- workers vs managers, core businesses vs non-core. There is a lot of turnover and a lack of focus -- to many functions. Some business areas are very disfunctional with unqualified staff, a lot of political nonsense, a lot of KA.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking that you are better than anyone else.


  8. review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Praxair

    Pros

    great benefits and vacation time. great pay weekly for clerical work. everyone is so friendly

    Cons

    there aren't much cons except that sometimes it could get so boring aroufcd here that iiiiiiiiiimirls


  9. Helpful (1)

    Overview of R&D

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Praxair full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Praxair is a stable, financially sound company. So far, the focus and discipline on the next quarter and short term financial success, judgement based on each project performance rather than long term strategies lead to excellent results.

    Cons

    The past and current approach also works against the company. The lack of significant innovation, due to limited resources in R&D, high turn over of specialists, the significant number of retirement in the ranks of people with valuable expertise without a strategy for knowledge transfer will set-back the future performance.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up the innovation cycle by decoupling the R&D projects from their business sponsorship and request to follow the "RCP" approach the way is implemented today. Improve retention, and put more energy into career development and career progression. Better salaries may help as well.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Praxair is average and behind the times. They're tight with the buck.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT

    I have been working at Praxair full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not the best employer, but not the worst. The benefits are average, at best. If you don't have strong technical skills, this is the place for you because they're behind technology-wise. Not a very fast-paced environment so no real pressure or push for employees to work overtime. The Danbury location has a cafeteria in the building and a bank; it's convenient. They also offer garage parking which is great in the winter especially since they never close the building due to snow storms, so you're pretty much expected to be at work even if it means you risk your life getting there. They're big on charitable donations and encourage (at least in theory) diversity within the company. Outside of the Administrative Assistants, everyone gets and office.

    Cons

    Management admits that the company is cheap and they're proud of it. But, then they don't have a problem spending thousands upon thousands of dollars hosting shareholder and board meetings at the St. Regis in Manhattan or throwing extravagant gala's for the executives.

    Salary increases (when there's no salary freeze in place) are below the average cost of living index. They don't encourage professional development. I've been here for 5 years and have yet to travel to any other locations to meet the people I work with on a daily basis. They don't invest in their employees by sending them to training seminars or classes to enhance their skills.

    I'm stuck in an office environment where there's little camaraderie; people pretty much keep to themselves. There are many employees that have been here 10, 20, even 30 years and with that comes a serious reluctance to change. I think it's very difficult for them to retain technologically advanced, talented young people who want to grow and be part of something bigger. The IT personnel here are useless. You're better off trying to investigate a technical problem on your own, otherwise you'll just be waiting indefinitely for IT to figure it out. They're bad at following up and just inefficient. Management is old-fashioned, stuffy, cold and keeps the 'good ole boys' network alive. The CEO rarely acknowledges anyone he passes by in the hall because he's too busy talking to himself.

    Outside of not working overtime and being able to take a lunch hour, they don't encourage a healthy work-life balance. No such thing as summer hours. No such thing as telecommuting. If you get 2 weeks vacation and you need just one more day, you have to pay for it - literally. You have to pay the company for vacation days. There are no holiday parties to speak of. If they bring in pizza for a department, each employee is asked for money to cover the cost. Good luck getting any supplies ordered. At one time, each employee was told they'll get one ream of paper per year and so they had to be very careful about what they print. All printers are automatically set up to print on both sides of the paper. The printers break down every few weeks. The fax machines are 15 years old.

    Advice to Management

    I've been here 5 years and so it's not unbearable; for where I am in my life, it works. But, management needs to know that most employees are just biding time until they either hit retirement or get a better offer in a better commuting location. Where there's no investment or appreciation of employees, there's no investment or loyalty to the employer. This isn't a career for me - it's just a job with average pay and average benefits which is more than a lot of people have right now in this economy. A note to management would be that your employees are not stupid. We see (and hear) a lot more than you may realize, but I put in my 40 hours and you give me a check and then we're even.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Complete lack of communication from management

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Manager

    I worked at Praxair full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company car available for personal use, good co-workers

    Cons

    Pay is lower than industry standard, I saw my manager twice in a year, wouldn't return phone calls, emails, or texts. Company is on a spending freeze and won't invest any money in business. Stock reports show profit, yet that is not the way things feel working there. It's only going to get worse.

    Advice to Management

    Get sales managers that actually care.



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