Praxair

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Praxair Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 146 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Praxair President, and CEO Steve Angel

Steve Angel

(97 ratings)

65% 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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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    Overview of R&D

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Buffalo, NY

    ProsPraxair 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementSpeed 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.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Danbury, CT

    ProsNot 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.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementI'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Complete lack of communication from management

    Territory Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsCompany car available for personal use, good co-workers

    ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementGet sales managers that actually care.

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

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    Terrible company. Loads of micromanagement with little direction from senior management.

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsPay was average, as were the benefits. You do get to learn a good deal about other industries. Employees include some very highly regarded technical people.

    ConsAll divisions of the company are not integrated--you often feel like you are working with a completely different company when you are really under the same umbrella. If you are not an engineer, they company views you differently, both in compensation and respect.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI always learned that part of management was to not only run an operation but also develop employees. If you do not invest time or energy into developing your employees, you certainly will not receive a return on an investment in the future. Employee career development is almost non-existent.

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

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    Difficult company full of contradictions

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI did not find any.

    ConsDifficult ambience to work in. Challenging the status quo is not accepted.

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

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    Hoping Things Get Better

    (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThe company has a very stable business model. There are not alot of ups and downs compared to other businesses.

    There are great long term employees in the organization that care about each other and what they do. They are passionate about the company and its success: "Living the Brand".

    There is opportunity to travel to the many locations of the plant sites, as well as international travel.

    Time is flexible based on your manager. While there is always the potential to get a micro-manager, clock-watching is not the norm. You end up working more than your fair share of hours anyway.

    The company will sponsor international employees, which is more limited with other companies. Just expect the process to take the maximum amount of time possible.

    Assuming you are accepted, and are technically sharp and flexible, there is opportunity to shine within the organization. Currently, however, "acceptance" is based on your ability to play along and not challenge management.

    ConsThe plant sites are minimally staffed, with all of the support coming from central groups either in Tonawanda, NY or The Woodlands, TX. Technical support and guidance for young engineers at the plants is limited.

    The plant managers are ultimately held accountable for the performance of the plants. Priority setting for the central groups is flawed, and many times the plant staff ends up on their own.

    Administrative staff is non-existent at the plants, so engineers are left to handle the tasks in addition to troubleshooting, optimization, and new projects for the plant.

    While integrity is talked about as a value, there are unethical situations that are tolerated. People are very aware of these situations which ultimately results in a hefty amount of skepticism of management and HR. People are afraid to bring anything forward due to fear of retaliation.

    Currently, people are chosen for roles based on the "buddy" system, and the top technical people are either leaving the company or getting pushed out of HYCO operations.

    All of the above results in a high turnover rate, which is not really talked about, and appears to be ignored, thus putting additional strain on us that want to stay in hopes that the organization can get back to normal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the changes you have made over the last couple of years in HYCO which have taken the group off course. Changes need to be made quickly to get the organization back on track before we lose more people and the performance of the organization declines further.

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

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    Great financial investment but not a place to make a career.

    Senior Manager - Finance (Former Employee) Danbury, CT

    ProsCompany performance has been stellar. Solid business model and capital discipline.

    ConsOld school thinking, very conservative, does not have a lot of fresh blood of talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the people and show them a career path forward

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

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    Slave away your life

    Chemist (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsYou have a job.
    Overtime

    ConsThey overwork their employees (15+ hours OT )
    Underpay employees
    Very bad work environment
    Poor Management

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to please learn how to manage. They mix too much personal with business, they play favoritism with certain employee while exploiting others.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok if you want to have the next 30 years of your life wasted!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStable employment, decent benefits though they no longer give profit sharing unless you are salary. vacation days are better than most companies.

    ConsToo much management and too little of them know what they are doing. They are all about numbers, they do not care about your family life, work comes first. There is a lot of favortism and politics. The communication is very poor, they tend to change the rules as it best fits the company and the rules are unclear and not communicated properly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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