Air Liquide Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
163 Reviews
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163 Reviews
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Air Liquide President and CEO, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc Michael J. (Mike) Graff
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Air Liquide offers a good work-life balance, good benefits, has a very stable business (in 13 reviews)

  • good benefits, healthy competition most of the time (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • no work life balance, safety procedures are more important than working safe (in 9 reviews)

  • Poor decision making by upper level management (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience

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

    I have been working at Air Liquide (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - As a young engineer they focus on career development and promoting from within.
    -

    Cons

    - There can be a disconnect from HR and the employee about career goals/path.
    - A need for more field personnel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gone downhill in last 5 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Gave me some great opportunities!

    Cons

    Over the last 5 years or so the company has gone "off the reservation"! Way too many chiefs and not enough Indians. The Executive Management choices that have been made show poor judgement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate who you have in top positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern 2014

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Air Liquide as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Allex program, Pretty good pay, potential for a meaningful internship, I knew of others that had a great experience, friendly coworkers, great work environment, almost always get an offer for a job as long as you still meet the school requirements

    Cons

    absolutely horrible HR Department, very unorganized internship process, no one from HR calls or emails you back and are quite rude in addition to their lack of ability to do their job, they do not care where you get places, it can be 800 miles from your home and there are no good suggestions for places to live

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything seemed to be very organized, itineraries, schedules, deadlines, etc, all set...however, none of it panned out. Many interns waiting 14 weeks + to receive their travel reimbursements. I personally fell through the cracks on several occasions and it is near impossible to bring it to their attention and get it fixed. Human Resources needs major improvements, the interns want to see an organized, hassle free program that they want to score a career at. They should be sold the program and impressed otherwise they will not draw impressive employees.

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

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at Air Liquide as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Have some good programs like the ALLEX. An OK intern seminar where they fly us out to Houston for training. Only some business units of the company are well managed, some business units are not, especially if they acquire a company.

    Cons

    No training at all provided for new hires . Very slow moving HR, it isn't a learning environment at all, the managers are always busy and never make time for you. Some people in the office were openly talking about leaving the company. Alot of antiquated software and business practices. Lot of people working in specific jobs, had no formal training for those jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure new hires get proper advice, mentorship and training. Give new hires challenging projects and not meaningless or never ending projects where they are doing the same thing every single day. Also change the physical offices, they are dimly lit and have antiquated furniture, they look they are from 1950s.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Air Liquide is an OK company.

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

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

    Pros

    The "Air" business is a fairly stable industry (unlike oilfield). Layoffs are almost non-existent.
    There is a decent work/life balance.
    Flexible hours are permitted.
    There is a very strong commitment to Safety.

    Cons

    Compared to other companies and averages in Houston, the salaries are below the line.
    There is a horrible lack of organization at all levels. Each group/division/country does everything "their way" which causes confusion between groups/divisions/countries.
    Politics are ridiculous (unless you're French)
    Change or new ideas are not accepted well.
    There is very high turnover. The typical employee tenure is 3 years or less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a five year plan with details (not just buzzwords) and stick to it.
    Before making a directional plan, discuss with departments for impact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Air Liquide is a great company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Air Liquide

    Pros

    Lots of career advancement opportunities and a very good community in the ALLEX program. Managers are very geared towards helping you be successful at Air Liquide

    Cons

    Not a lot of engineering coursework was used during my internship and I don't foresee a lot of hardcore engineering work as a full-time employee

  8.  

    Great people, good opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities and access to upper management. They encourage movement into different fields and allow you to become well-rounded in your career. Almost everyone is a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Technology in the organization is 5-10 years behind. This is currently being changed and it will be a struggle to go through so much change in a short period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I work with some great people, they make the most of what little they get.

    Cons

    What is happening here? HR is in shambles and it was the strongest department, real employee advocacy and a drive toward engagement. No one cares anymore, safety is an afterthought even though they keep talking about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care, just care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

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

    I have been working at Air Liquide part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, interesting projects, great people

    Cons

    Corporate politics, HR is very small

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Well run company with a great understanding of work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Pay is in line with the chemicals industry - keep in mind that you will not receive oil and gas money, but they won't work you to the bone one day and cut ties with you all together the next day. Benefits are good, definitely no complaints. Do your job well, and you will be noticed and rewarded accordingly - simply showing up is not enough to advance.

    Work/life balance is very important to this company. They understand that employees were not put on this world to suffice the needs of the company first and family second. Working from home, flexible hours, etc are very convenient in today's world.

    Cons

    Typical corporation bureaucratic stuff, but not nearly as bad as some larger companies. Few roles are extremely under-supported and not well appreciated, while others are completely over-appreciated.

    Very hesitant to move bad managers out of current position. It seems like Air Liquide doesn't want to hurt a manager's confidence by moving them out of a situation in which they are way over their head.

    New Above and Beyond bonus program seems to be lip service rather than an actual attempt to incentivize employees, much like current Goalshare bonus program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn which roles are under-staffed, and fix it. Of course people complain about being overworked, but there are a few departments where EVERYONE complains that they are overworked - maybe that should clue you in on something.

    If a manager constantly gets bad reviews by employees, maybe you have a bad manager. Consider moving them out of management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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