Praxair Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
161 Reviews
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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
  • The main goal of Upper management is to get money to the stockholders (in 8 reviews)

  • Outside of not working overtime and being able to take a lunch hour, they don't encourage a healthy work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Typical manufacturing culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Praxair

    Pros

    Good place to work if you are looking for a good work life balance

    Cons

    Management needs to stay ahead of the curve to keep the talent.

  2.  

    OK company - Lots of mgmt protecting their positions.

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

    I have been working at Praxair full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent safety. Smart people to work with. Good work-life balance. Advancement opportunities if you are open to moving.

    Cons

    The bench is thinning - losing valuable resources fairly quickly. If you haven't grown up in Praxair, your opinion is discounted. Diversity push is actually demotivating workforce - EVERYONE knows it. Pay and benefits are at best mid-to-low range for some positions. Advancement opportunities available, but you must fit in - don't rub someone wrong.... Lots of confusing promotions - not our best starting lineup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop protecting your positions. Step up and take risk if you want growth. Employees are very aware of the inequity in pay at upper mgmt. levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need to see a change.

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

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

    Pros

    The financial stability of this company is second to none. The safety culture can be overbearing at times, but there is never a point where I have felt unsafe. The managers stick to an open door policy and open to discussions for the most part. If you are able to successfully manage your workload (and the many unwritten tasks and additional job duties), you can enjoy freedom to move about as you please.

    Cons

    The financial stability comes, in part, from the company being cheap when it comes to salaries. You are hired for a position with a certain set of tasks/duties, it won't be long before you are doing the work of 3 people. Diversity is a joke. There is a serious lack of managerial courage and a BS system for yearly performance evaluations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more and they might be ok with doing the work of 3 people. A little praise can go a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disenchanted with creative process and your ability to contribute at lower levels.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technologist in Tonawanda, NY
    Current Employee - Technologist in Tonawanda, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off when you need it. Managers that do listen...some of them at least. A lot of talent to go around. Unlimited sick days with pay so I have been told.

    Cons

    Can be a tough place to get acknowledged for your hard efforts and "real" world experiences. PhD's think that they are gods and no one at a lower level, such as the Technologists, have any real ideas or possible solutions to help in their research. PhD's and researchers have only school experiences and many times work with blinders on. They just don't have enough general work, play and life experiences.

    Not enough recognition to the ground force workers who are the driving force in getting work done on a team. Yes it is a TEAM effort, but many with higher education won't acknowledge the fact. They let their ego's get in the way and think they can solve everything. When in fact they're just chasing their own tails. As a formal Navy Officer, I never lost hope in my junior employees. They all have something to contribute no matter how low on the totem pole. Everyone has something to contribute. We all can be developed to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little ideas no matter how small or trivial they may seem DO become big ideas. Ask those with the soft voice because they feel intimidated for their ideas. 98 percent of them may have already been tried. It only took 1 big idea and belief for Apple computers CEO, Steve Jobs. Remember this... You lead, follow or fall behind. Its tough to be in the front leading especially since you forget to look in the rear view mirror and see that you were about to be over come with your single mindedness .... and passed. Listen to those in the back seat. They are the ones who are doing more observation because they don't have to keep focused on what's just up ahead . You just need to listen. I've been told by my wife it's a hard thing to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very great group but overall company organization could be better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Specialist I in Tonawanda, NY
    Current Employee - Development Specialist I in Tonawanda, NY

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

    Pros

    Very smart, strong engineers that work well together. Also, there is an open door policy with most people and everyone is very friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    The overall goals for the company are not straightforward and different groups have different agendas. Collaboration could be better and some of the usual micro-managing in other groups needs to be solved. Promotions seem random and the work flow is a bit too hurried with everyone wanting the answers before analysis is complete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have a more focused message and have buy-in from everyone. Make decisions based on facts and not agendas. The pay could be better in order to keep the best performers. Sometimes the raises from the best and worst are not that much different. Get rid of the ranking system for promotions/benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    7 years with praxair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    People are great hardworking Benefits ok middle of road. Nothing to write home about. Bonuses stripped in 2008 and only apply to middle management to executives.

    Cons

    Lean staffing more folks leaving for pay and quality of life concerns. Pay not increased as workloads continue to expand. Executive team is disconnected and don't put employees first who work hard to contribute to bottom line success of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the ground for a month as a tech or driver in the plant to gain perspective of what employees face with lack of resources and constant patching up of infrastructure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Praxair

    Pros

    Benefits and international trips are very good

    Cons

    Internal politics with in the organization are bad

  9.  

    Customer Service tech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Tech
    Current Employee - Customer Service Tech

    I have been working at Praxair (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home.

    Cons

    on call, low compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Solid company but does not bring out creativity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Praxair full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I appreciate how their stock has perform over the years and made for a nice 401K. Financially they are solid and have long term contracts so even in tough times they have revenue.

    Cons

    You cannot be too creative since you are most often dealing with hazardous materials and rigid procedures have to be followed. Most of the products are commodities so margins are very thin. As a result employees are constantly encouraged to spend less and less every year so upper management can maintain their high salaries. If eventually you do get a high paycheck, beware you may be laid off to improve the company bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more pleasant office / factories. Locations can be very dreary and industrial. Take some hints from a Google or Pixar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Plant Operator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Praxair full-time

    Pros

    Quality training and safety training.

    Cons

    Unsafe conditions created during employee turnover due to minimum staffing. High employee turnover due to midpoint benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Additional staffing would provide enough morale to retain best of class.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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