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Praxair Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.3 145 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Praxair President, and CEO Steve Angel

Steve Angel

(96 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • A stable company, which is well-respected in its industry, which offers good work-life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • Secure job, nice people, good benefits(in 5 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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    Solid company but does not bring out creativity

    Process Engineer (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsI 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Plant Operator

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsQuality training and safety training.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional staffing would provide enough morale to retain best of class.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to learn the Industrial Gas business

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company makes an effort to ensure that its sales force is well trained. There is a network of persons in various departments that aid in the selling process. There is opportunity for you to work in a broad range of areas within the company. The company has recently been putting more effort into promoting internally.

    ConsThere is a MAJOR disconnect between upper and middle management. Many employees are taking on tremendous workloads and not being recognized for the work they are doing. People are beginning to get very fed up with poor salary and a steady decrease in benefits. The main goal of Upper management is to get money to the stockholders. NOTHING else really matters. They will terminate people and cut back on raises and bonuses to reach their promises to the shareholders. The employees are not appreciated, especially those doing some of the most dangerous jobs. This company is not conducive to a balanced quality of life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus needs to shift to the employees that make the company what it is today. Realistic returns to the investors should be considered that do not put your workforce in jeopardy of loosing their lives to make a goal.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly people and atmosphere. You can learn a lot because there is always something that needs to get fixed

    Conscompensation could be better, poor reliability and maintenance in the organization

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    Excess of internal politics and concern about company"s image to the public

    Director (Current Employee) Tonawanda, NY

    ProsFor fresh from school people fast promotion without achievements, just based on expectations. For senior employees just pension plan.

    ConsCompany is lack of strategy. Senior managers and most of regions presidents do not have sales and business experience. They are selected based on internal politics.
    There is no carreer plan. Company is worry about its image. Diversity program only works up to middle level like senior engineers. Going to higher level there is no diversity.
    Company does not provide the same structure across the word in spite of goals are he same for all employees.
    A lot of unskilled managers are causing potentail and skilled employees to look for opportunities outside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people based on skills and achievements, not base on expectations.
    Do nt put diversity at the top when hiring.
    Carreer plam must be managed by HR and not dump it on employees lap for them to take care of.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Two words: Smoke and mirrors

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsReputation in the industry
    Stock price

    ConsLeadership
    Silos
    Compensation
    Lack of effective talent management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall a good company to work for. Good people at plant level and Management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent pay, but slightly lower that surrounding Industry. People are great.

    ConsTop Heavy in Management and Engineers. Not enough people at ground level to accomplish all that they expect. They promote Safety, yet there is only one safety guy that takes care of Multiple Locations. The paperwork is redundant and there is not enough time to really pay attention to the actual work that needs to get done. Took away our profit sharing and there are really no incentives, they say that we aught to be happy we have a job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people. Training. The LMS system is a good tool, but will never replace hands on training.
    The Competition here in the South is very strong, we will continue to lose our experineced people to these other plants because of their reward system.

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    If you like workplace politics and cliques

    Associate Director (Current Employee) Danbury, CT

    ProsGood compensation and flexible time off
    Benefits package is good, not the best but good
    Cafeteria, on site laundry, barber etc are in the matrix building so the campus is self sustaining

    ConsToo many cliques
    Exclusionary behavior among upper management
    Plenty of corporate politicking among management mid to upper
    People will take credit for your work and hang you out to dry so you're constantly watching over your shoulder
    Pretty much a buddy-buddy environment....and if you're not in the "in-crowd" you will have a hard time

    Advice to Senior ManagementDismantle the exclusionary behavior among "directors" and the clique nature, it's permeating into other areas of the organization....including marketing, legal, tax, IT, etc....

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    mixed review for my time with this company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prostheir commitment to best practices in safety is world class, not just words but sincere, meaningful, admirable.

    Consthey have a negative culture in terms of politics, and being right wing is a key indicator of success for the individual. there is a lack of diversity of thought that is surprising from such a large company, which I think will hold them back against competitors and against other companies in the chemical/industrial world.

    Advice to Senior Managementbecome more diverse to benefit from opportunities in today's marketplace.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I have thirty years experience in manufacturing, management, planning & assembling

    Middle Management (Former Employee) Orangeburg, NY

    ProsGood pay if you stay long enough

    Conspoor upper management, old management skills

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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