Air Liquide

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Air Liquide Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
148 Reviews

3.3
148 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
  • The company has a fantastic development program out of school and promotes a healthy work-life balance; (in 11 reviews)

  • good benefits, healthy competition most of the time (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • no work life balance, safety procedures are more important than working safe (in 8 reviews)

  • There is a real reluctance to adopt local country best practices or decision making in either the line businesses or in the support functions (e (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • 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

    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
  2.  

    A Great Experience! I only left because I wanted to go to an African country where Air Liquide is not present.

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

    Pros

    - Working on middle size projects: Large enough to be interesting and have an impact on the industry landscape, and Small enough to be aware of the progression of the whole project and be involved in it.
    - Very caring managers and "human" atmosphere.
    - Safety is the absolute priority and it is felt in the office and on the site.
    - Stable business model, therefore good opportunities to evolve vertically and geographically.

    Cons

    - Some very hard and complex projects when it comes to absolutely new technologies.
    - The salary is slightly below the average of Engineering market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Especially to HR: Be more reactive when it comes to relocate or fill in positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor treatment of operations personnel.

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

    Pros

    The company treated Engineers like kings.

    Cons

    Safety was not a priority even though they company acted like it was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take safety more seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Up and down ride

    • 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

    Pros

    Great Benefit package, decent pay, has been a very stable workplace.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be struggling at times, Old outdated systems delay work which you are responsible for completing, Transparency is not their from top to bottom and messages get mixed frequently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Air Liquide is a great company to work for , when the economy took a tumble they stood by us and weathered the storm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bulk Driver  in  Geismar, LA
    Current Employee - Bulk Driver in Geismar, LA

    Pros

    Friendly working atmosphere , good training and safety orientated .

    Cons

    Sometimes frustrating dispatch being flexible has draw backs . Needs better communication typical in transportation industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could run like a Swiss watch if key people didn't keep moving on once trained . Onwards and upwards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upper management is "OUT of Touch" with what is important to their employees.

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great locations and good equipment. Had a great manager!

    Cons

    Upper management leaves their middle management hanging "Out to Dry" and when they need support it is easier to turn their backs than manage up. Frequent promises and no action. Poor decision making by upper level management. Says one thing and then does another. To many changes at one time makes work difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your local managers and understand what there needs are (suuport them don't fire them). Listen to the employees at the local level and decide what is best for them. SLOW DOWN THE CHANGE it negitively impacts your employees. You fired the only true manager that Cleburne ever had.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not much room for professional development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Newark, DE

    Pros

    Good balance of work and family life

    Cons

    No clear direction. Inward-looking company: internal politics determines the outcome of almost everything.
    This company gives the impression of not knowing what to do with their R&D operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Still a French dominated company

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work overseas and on interesting projects

    Cons

    It's still a French company through and through, no matter what country you are in, and all the real major decisions are made by French executives and they can be very opaque about why and how they make those decisions. There is a real reluctance to adopt local country best practices or decision making in either the line businesses or in the support functions (e.g. finance, IT, HR, etc.). It's frustrating. Also, there is a great stigma against failing, even if it's well thought out and a calculated risk. It is far better to aim modestly and achieve modestly than it is to aim high and take a risk and succeed greatly and also fail on occasion. A failure can be a scarlet letter that often cannot be erased from your career reputation here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Management is out of touch.

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

    Pros

    The company has a fantastic development program out of school and promotes a healthy work-life balance;

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with industrial challenges and cannot place people in the right positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ruthless Management

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

    Pros

    One can create their own development opportunities with a high level of risk. But the work experience can be used to gain employment at other companies.

    Cons

    Huge consequences for failure and senior management is ruthless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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