Air Liquide

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Air Liquide Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
180 Reviews
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Air Liquide President and CEO, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc Michael J. (Mike) Graff
Michael J. (Mike) Graff
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Training is encouraged and the company also provides a good work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Air Liquide offers a good work-life balance, good benefits, has a very stable business (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    A disappointment...

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

    I worked at Air Liquide

    Pros

    Benefits are better than a lot of companies, but they'll get you in the end. They talk a great talk, but they do not follow-up on those statements so watch out.

    Cons

    Training leaves a lot to be desired; they load you up initially, but there's never any follow-up and/or 'continuing education' for positional training. You could work 24/7/365 and never get all of your duties completed and they continue to add to your plate. They do not reward those employees who put in the time and effort to do an excellent job; only the upper level executives get the big bonuses and raises...the rest of the employees get the left-overs. They continue to hire at 'the top' and are continually creating executive jobs rather than jobs needed in the field that actually do the work. They get rid of mid-level employees with longevity and replace one tenured employee with two fresh out of college kids that know nothing but are half the price. They do NOT promote from within; I would guess 90% of positions filled are from the outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop creating new executive jobs and create jobs in mid-level and in the fields where the real work is done. There are never enough employees in the field and in the offices to do the jobs and employees that leave have typically not been replaced resulting in duties being farmed out to already overloaded employees, yet executive level jobs continue to be created. Involve mid-level and field-level employees in decision making processes to ensure correct decisions are made. Executives drive decisions and don't know, nor do they ask, how these decisions will affect the field personnel that actually have to perform the duties.

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

    Have you ever worked for the French? Never again.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Air Liquide

    Pros

    You will learn a great deal about the technology, and they have a very cordial social "European" culture. There is some training budget, and travel budget as well. I enjoyed my weekends in Paris and Germany.

    Cons

    One challenge is getting approval from France on everything, because the experts there are always out on holiday, or at a plant, or at a conference. I could do nothing without their approval. And if your project is late because of it, you will suffer the consequences, not them.
    Another is the low, low salary range, with no OT pay, and working 7 days a week to keep up the work load.
    Project managers are always right. Even when they are wrong. And way too arrogant to admit they are wrong. And completely unwilling to hear your side of any story.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your front-line Houston engineers, and stop blaming them when the Paris crew makes themselves unavailable.
    Stop the nepotism at the upper ranks. There are some really bad managers who are only there because they have dads in the top tier. Try to be more competitive with salaries and pay. Be VERY careful with discrimination against women and minority engineers, which I saw way too much of, and it was hurtful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    horrible management

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    Former Employee - Operator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Air Liquide

    Pros

    good benefits, nobody in management cared about much

    Cons

    on call 24/7 with no extra pay, no training for the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Opportunities!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Air Liquide full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Air Liqude offers great stability and a fast paced work environment. You will get what you put in.. work hard and you will be recognized for it. The company just implemented a Flex-Time, Alternative Work Arrangements Program, which is very exciting. Overall, there is a lot of potential and opportunity here.

    Lots of room for growth and opportunities, great learning experiences, good people, fast paced, safety focused

    Cons

    Like at any other company, there are those people who do not welcome change easily...but apart from that no other con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in people and reward them for their hard work..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Little Opportunity for Advancement Except for a Select Few

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Air Liquide comes off as a very caring company. The benefits such as medical, dental and retirement are in line with the rest of the industrial gas industry.

    Cons

    The company is still 'the good old boys club'. Only a select few see any type of advancement. No matter how much education an employee gets or how hard they work, the rewards are only seen by the minority of the company. Extremely low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of the company literature talks about employees being their greatest asset, walk the talk. Treat your employees like the hard working, loyal employees that they are. They do the best job that they can, with the limited tools that they are provided.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    HR Department is not a good place to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Air Liquide

    Pros

    It's sad that I cannot think of any pros to working in Air Liquide's HR department

    Cons

    Poor leadership, cliquish, unorganized, messy

  8.  

    Informative

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Air Liquide full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    The traffic in the Galleria during holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Made me certain that I will never go back to the corporate world, even if I go broke

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advanced Business and Technologies in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Advanced Business and Technologies in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    pretty much none. free coffee and sugar every day? The only thing I liked was that they promoted safety to be first. Other than that, nothing was worthy of respect.

    Cons

    work as a slave for your boss all day just to get bossed around. they really don't know how to fix a broken business model. they lose their lead in their core business a long time ago, yet still claims to be number one. they try to venture into new businesses with a broken mindset, maybe once had worked in 1970's. they will not adapt to your thinking. it is up to you to figure out what your boss wants or does not want. even if you can, you must also predict how your boss will think in the future. if you can't, you pretty much have no chance to succeed in this traditional hierarchical corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    welcome to the 21st century. fire 85% of your managers and directors and lower the average age of young people in this place. the grandfathers' mindsets will destroy this place and many people's experience in the corporate world, including mine. adapt and survive, not maintain obstinate and jack the price every chance you get.

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

    Family oriented work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Air Liquide

    Pros

    High level of work autonomous and ability to make many quick changes to imrpove operations in different areas.

    Cons

    High level of decentralization with no enough support from head reagional offices or corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of applying some US management principles in the other regions and take the advantages exists in your US management operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Project Engineer

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to develop one's skills in managing small plant modifications to building a liquefaction facility.

    Cons

    Senior leadership controls the budget that sets up the Project Manager to Failure. When changes are requested by senior leadership, they will not take accountability in their impacts to the budget.

    The pay is low. Changed companies, where I received a 36% increase in pay with superior benefits from the new employer, a chemical company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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