Praxair Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Praxair President, and CEO Steve Angel
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. Praxair is the worst place to work

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

    I have been working at Praxair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice co-workers; easy work; can not think of any other reason why anyone should work there; close to home; that's about it

    Cons

    management is horrible; benefits are mediocre; the company as a whole needs to catch up to the twentieth century, forget about the twenty-first century.

    Advice to Management

    motivate your employees; expand your benefits to balance work/home; organize your staff to work more efficiently; appreciate your employees; a happy place is a more productive place


  2. Helpful (1)

    Stressful, overworked, and under paid and under appreciated.

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    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at Praxair

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

    Pros

    Close to home. Decent benefits. Knowledgable staff. Strong commitment to safety.

    Cons

    Low morale due to poor management and communications. Tons of travel. Low pay accompanied with 16 hour days and no recognition, only push for additional "commitment". Old, outdated systems like Lotus Notes for email. Too. Many engineers, have managed to over complicate the simplest tasks and processes. Poor office politics and BS bonus scheme.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your start up business segments.


  3. Hostile work environment, limited advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Praxair

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

    Pros

    Management is inhumane, unprofessional and extremely

    Cons

    Located new Niagara Falls...super cool to be so close

    Advice to Management

    Lower your egos and listen more than you speak


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Praxair - Subpar Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tonawanda, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tonawanda, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Name Recgnition in working for a large company Good place to work for a Drone - if you want little responsbility and lackluster environment Good Work - Life balance

    Cons

    Middle and Upper Manageent is very risk averse - Doesn't thnk outside of the box Awful pay raises - Pays way less than average Lack of advancement for in house employees Lack of respect for employees who speak up and challenge the status quo

    Advice to Management

    Stop favoring short term rewards and invest in the long term investments Can't see the forest through the trees


  6. Praxair is good, but don't even think about working at Praxair Surface Technologies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, CT

    I worked at Praxair full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They have competitive pay and average benifits. Your boss will often leave very early. There is also a good tuition reimbursement program.

    Cons

    The PST corporate culture is driving the individual facilities into the ground. Always a chance of getting laid off if you don't meet the specified sales. You can have the work to meet sales, but corporate doesn't allow the investment into the workforce in order to meet the goals, creating an endless cycle of failure. There is terrible communication company wide, from the top down because management does not really care about the individual, only about looking good to their boss. There is no room for advancement or there is only advancement based on who you know in the good ol' boy network. Furthermore, the company is very resistant to changing their culture, workforce, and systems to improve the facility. Don't even think about suggesting ways to improve things as you will be seen as someone throwing a wrench in their terribly oiled machine. PST competitors are growing at a rapid rate, because of PST inefficiencies.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and bring in new management for PST corporate and in the individual facilities.


  7. hello

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Praxair

    Pros

    it is very hard to say

    Cons

    so you are not unemployed


  8. Helpful (2)

    managers must be righting the good reviews

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Praxair as a contractor (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    every aspect of the job has gone down hill.

    Cons

    1lost sick time mangers unlimited 2lost profit sharing which we had to Buy in managers got bigger bonuses3 lost 6 weeks vacation after 25 years now only 5 4Steve Angel makes more and more money millions every year top rise 2.5 percent last 4 years plant wide 5 safety has know taken a back seat in the last year no safety manger plant manger is doesn't seem to care safety is being ignored now we have now osha violations happing and if anything is reported to management or corporate security you will be dealt with fired for something else or forced to leave I watched it happen to the best guy we got.

    Advice to Management

    cant be fixed


  9. Helpful (2)

    Old Company, corporate politicking, old hands struggling in a modern world

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Danbury, CT

    I worked at Praxair full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of international exposure Pay is alright, flexible when weather acts up Lots of opportunity to move between groups if you know the right people

    Cons

    Zero diversity, in the few years I was there, out of hundreds of people in the corporate offices, you could count the minorities on a few fingers. Diversity claim is a joke, maybe just to meet EEOC reporting Too many clicks and exclusionary behavior among higher ups Old hands, stuck on doing things the old way. You crank out lots of documents but don't really deliver much because people hide behind documentation instead of getting anything done Lots of incompetent folks hiding behind "process", they will not hesitate to scapegoat / hang others out to dry so you're constantly watching your back ZERO training! ask for training and good luck getting it! I asked for training for years....got none!! Management response was "you don't need to be an expert to do this and that"


  10. Helpful (5)

    Praxair-The Woodlands, Tx

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Praxair

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

    Pros

    Many good people in office who are helpful and knowledgeable. 90%+ diversity is in HR department, with most, if not all HR/Talent Acquisition being minorities.

    Cons

    Turnover rate says it all, not just in office but plants supported by The Woodlands. Below average salary, and that is comparing to non-oil and gas industry which usually pay more. Some of the people in the office are older/worked there many years or part of the old pension plan points system (old pension discontinued early 2000s). The pension is probably the only thing keeping the older generation from leaving. Not many young people, and the ones that are are mostly international folks probably only staying because company is sponsoring their green card. Extremely political, good ole boys club, lots of immature/unnecessary backstabbing by these people. Many people in this office spend more time gossiping and worrying about themselves than doing work and supporting plants; plants are very aware of this (never seen so much unproductivity in my career). Last reorganization in early 2015 has left people getting fired or resigning. Not a good situation, morale at an all time low. Cost cuttings measures being taken yet CEO is handsomely compensated for an industrial gas company. With below average salaries, limited outside training opportunities for professional growth (due to cost cutting measures) and good people leaving, there is no incentive to stay. Even in this oil downturn, do yourself a favor and find something else in Houston.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice. Most companies dont listen to advice nor do they care. Good people are continously leaving and neighboring companies should thank Praxair because they are scooping these people up, in some cases providing a 40-50% pay increase . They are getting these increases because they are standard compensations in the area (gives you an idea how bad the pay at Praxair is).


  11. Helpful (1)

    Company Culture has gone downhill!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Praxair

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

    Pros

    Company continues to have a strong revenue stream.

    Cons

    Company does not value employees at all.



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