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Praxair Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
151 Reviews

3.1
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Praxair President, and CEO Steve Angel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A stable company, which is well-respected in its industry, which offers good work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Secure job, nice people, good benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The main goal of Upper management is to get money to the stockholders (in 8 reviews)

  • Outside of not working overtime and being able to take a lunch hour, they don't encourage a healthy work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    managers must be righting the good reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    every aspect of the job has gone down hill.

    Cons

    1lost sick time mangers unlimited 2lost profit sharing which we had to Buy in managers got bigger bonuses3 lost 6 weeks vacation after 25 years now only 5 4Steve Angel makes more and more money millions every year top rise 2.5 percent last 4 years plant wide 5 safety has know taken a back seat in the last year no safety manger plant manger is doesn't seem to care safety is being ignored now we have now osha violations happing and if anything is reported to management or corporate security you will be dealt with fired for something else or forced to leave I watched it happen to the best guy we got.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cant be fixed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    hello

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    it is very hard to say

    Cons

    so you are not unemployed

  3.  

    Project manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Moscow (Russia)

    Pros

    close to metro station, very new office, not bad coffee-machine, nice colour of wall, nice kitchen

    Cons

    bad managers, bad communication, most of them live in other world...guys world is so big, change you mind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sale you company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Chaotic

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Peers are nice to work with

    Cons

    Zero technology - technology is from 1983

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Praxair is good, but don't even think about working at Praxair Surface Technologies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Manchester, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, CT

    Pros

    They have competitive pay and average benifits.
    Your boss will often leave very early.
    There is also a good tuition reimbursement program.

    Cons

    The PST corporate culture is driving the individual facilities into the ground. Always a chance of getting laid off if you don't meet the specified sales. You can have the work to meet sales, but corporate doesn't allow the investment into the workforce in order to meet the goals, creating an endless cycle of failure. There is terrible communication company wide, from the top down because management does not really care about the individual, only about looking good to their boss. There is no room for advancement or there is only advancement based on who you know in the good ol' boy network. Furthermore, the company is very resistant to changing their culture, workforce, and systems to improve the facility. Don't even think about suggesting ways to improve things as you will be seen as someone throwing a wrench in their terribly oiled machine.

    PST competitors are growing at a rapid rate, because of PST inefficiencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and bring in new management for PST corporate and in the individual facilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Praxair - Subpar Company

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Tonawanda, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tonawanda, NY

    Pros

    Name Recgnition in working for a large company
    Good place to work for a Drone - if you want little responsbility and lackluster environment
    Good Work - Life balance

    Cons

    Middle and Upper Manageent is very risk averse - Doesn't thnk outside of the box
    Awful pay raises - Pays way less than average
    Lack of advancement for in house employees
    Lack of respect for employees who speak up and challenge the status quo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop favoring short term rewards and invest in the long term investments
    Can't see the forest through the trees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Hostile work environment, limited advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Management is inhumane, unprofessional and extremely

    Cons

    Located new Niagara Falls...super cool to be so close

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower your egos and listen more than you speak

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some key sr leaders have major integrity issues; others fear retribution; CEO looks other way as long as profits come in

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    Former Employee - General Management
    Former Employee - General Management

    Pros

    History shows strong financials but if you look deeper (which only can be obtained from being inside the company for a while) you see the cultural problems. But the real sad part is there are some really good sr leaderhship people but they (have been conditioned?) to have no #@%* to voice their true opinion on things which are very wrong internally. Business relies on long term contracts with guaranteed income. Industrial gases business has hard entry point which staves off new competition (at least in US). Safety wise they pay attention.

    Cons

    Short term thinking all the time, I mean all the time. No process efficiency; I was frustrated by the historic lack of technology infrastructure.

    Biggest frustration is related to people: Brought in some really impressive people in my last year or so but I will bet they will leave before long they all do. Its a shame. Watching the sr leadership team cower when something very obviously wrong is going down. No one has the courage to step up and stop it. Fear of retribution perhaps? Lady in charge of HR for past decade has bad internal reputation almost everywhere so you can't even go to HR to try and work out a solution. She's been in the company forever, mystery to everyone why they keep her. Then they wonder why its so hard to get people to join the company. Word gets around. New people are trying to make a difference but it is almost like some executives don't want to make the company better; why...someone can do it better than you maybe and that threatens your legacy?

     You see the trends in these blogs...company is notorious for not being oriented to their people. The great ones leave quickly after finding this out. If you are female or diverse you have put a nail in your coffin. I would not want my kids to work here, especially my daughters, and that says alot.

    I was here a pretty good long time and when personally I was able to leave, I did. I've never said anything negative about an employer I've had but had to speak up on this one. I suggest waiting till some key executives retire in upcoming years before I could recommend Praxair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show the courage, retire your ineffective executives and bring in capable people who are actually trained in their expertise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waste of time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Mediocre benefits package, vacation days are decent but even better if you're grandfathered in from a previous buyout. The only way one can see this company in a positive light is if you've started elsewhere and simply had no choice with a transfer.

    Cons

    Incompetence and politics clearly trump true work ethic and social responsibility within the workplace. Programs are in place promoting certain things, but it's merely a facade as it's hard to get excited about anything. This is corporate at its' worst, without regard for employees or the effect the company has on them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where are the days when families still owned corporations? Are they really that far gone? Corporate means one thing these days, what the shareholder wants and expects and that is profit at any cost, regardless of the livelihoods at stake. Company officers work towards that goal alone, it's no lie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stressful, overworked, and under paid and under appreciated.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Close to home. Decent benefits. Knowledgable staff. Strong commitment to safety.

    Cons

    Low morale due to poor management and communications. Tons of travel. Low pay accompanied with 16 hour days and no recognition, only push for additional "commitment". Old, outdated systems like Lotus Notes for email. Too. Many engineers, have managed to over complicate the simplest tasks and processes. Poor office politics and BS bonus scheme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your start up business segments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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