Praxair

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

I have been working at Praxair full-time

Pros

The 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.

Cons

The 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 ManagementAdvice

Look 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.

Doesn't Recommend
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No opinion of CEO

168 Other Employee Reviews for Praxair (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Corporate strong facility weak

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, CT

    I have been working at Praxair full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Opportunity to set own goals and objectives

    Cons

    Horrible communication through out facility
    Poor customer service
    Arrogant culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved!! Hold managers responsible not just for safety and sales!! This facility should be the gold standard in area instead it's looked upon as a laughingstock! Department managers lack leadership skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Manager - Finance in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Manager - Finance in Danbury, CT

    I worked at Praxair full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people and show them a career path forward

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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