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Former Intern - Analyst
Former Intern - Analyst

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

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Company is building its own headquarters in Houston.

Cons

Politics, the good ole boy network still exists. Advancement is based on who you know or who you are related to.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Left for all the right reasons: Higher respect, Merit Recognition and Better Company Structure

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    Former Contractor - Business Analyst
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst

    I worked at Air Liquide as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Large Company with mulitple locations and dividend pay out to shareholders

    Cons

    Leadership focuses on only the profits but not how the profits are made - through the hard work of those below the C-level positions. All work is a flow to the top scenario which is not uncommon or wrong - but AL lacks the leadership understanding that even though they may have long past the level of being bogged down in systems or process that don't work - they continue to re-create or add on top of bad systems or process through implementing more procedures, rules and regulations. I personally watched as money is thrown away due to broken or complex systems that someone at an upper level thought would be a great addition - while being totally disconnected to the roll out outcome to those who MUST use the system - adding hours into ones day that are profit consuming and time consuming. AL is so behind the times it pours money out like an open vein. This might be why pay raises for those who are not executive level are so low; they don't even meet the cost of living increases. By the time you get your raise - all extra money you were going to receive from the raise is absorbed by the ever rising cost each year of your benefits.

    Heavily controlled by the Paris head office. If Paris says it must happen - it happens - even if it ties the arms and legs of their U.S. entities.

    Advice to Management

    Look for the talent that actually earns their career through merit and commitment to the company objectives - not just those who are looking out for their own career and pay raise. A good leader inspires and develops other leaders – not just themselves. Look further than your personal friends list for whom to promote. Realize that not everyone is a manager, leader or director - just because it is time to move them up the ladder. Those that move up the ladder are the ones who have clawed their way up the ladder not worked their way up the ladder through developing strong managerial skills. This leaves so much talent on the table and frustrates the existing talent.

    Realize that AL truly doesn't have an HR employee growth and support structure. There is lip service given to what is provided. Quite frankly HR seems to serve no purpose what so ever for an employee - their only job seems to be to pull someone else into hiring on - to only be thrown into a system of chaos. The on boarding process is a joke - ever done your own on boarding into a new large global company? You might have to at this company. Just know you will begin blind and fly blind from day one after hiring on.

    Recognize that it is not only the high level positions that are making the company money. It is everyone from the mail room, to the assistants, to the accountants, project engineers and those who do the daily drudge work within the very tedious systems. IF they were not caring about their support role, those they support would not be able to succeed at the levels they have reached. It is not an upside down pyramid; it is a collective of the "little people" who hold those higher up.

  2. Helpful (1)

    It's who you know!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Air Liquide full-time

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

    Pros

    Stable company and good people

    Cons

    If you want to climb up the corporate ladder, you better know the right people. What matters are the contacts and not your work...

    Advice to Management

    Wake up!

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