Praxair
3.3 of 5 143 reviews
www.praxair.com Danbury, CT 5000+ Employees

Praxair Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.3 143 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Praxair President, and CEO Steve Angel

Steve Angel

(95 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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:
  • "Exclusionary behavior among upper management"
    in 6 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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    Solid company but does not bring out creativity

    Process Engineer (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsI appreciate how their stock has perform over the years and made for a nice 401K. Financially they are solid and have long term contracts so even in tough times they have revenue.

    ConsYou cannot be too creative since you are most often dealing with hazardous materials and rigid procedures have to be followed. Most of the products are commodities so margins are very thin. As a result employees are constantly encouraged to spend less and less every year so upper management can maintain their high salaries. If eventually you do get a high paycheck, beware you may be laid off to improve the company bottom line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a more pleasant office / factories. Locations can be very dreary and industrial. Take some hints from a Google or Pixar.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Buffalo, NY

    ProsPraxair is a stable, financially sound company. So far, the focus and discipline on the next quarter and short term financial success, judgement based on each project performance rather than long term strategies lead to excellent results.

    ConsThe past and current approach also works against the company. The lack of significant innovation, due to limited resources in R&D, high turn over of specialists, the significant number of retirement in the ranks of people with valuable expertise without a strategy for knowledge transfer will set-back the future performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpeed up the innovation cycle by decoupling the R&D projects from their business sponsorship and request to follow the "RCP" approach the way is implemented today. Improve retention, and put more energy into career development and career progression. Better salaries may help as well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This is a great place to work

    Mechanical Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
    Tonawanda, NY

    ProsEveryone in management is extremely helpful and place their emphasis on learning and growth rather than immediate results and deadlines.

    ConsI haven't found anything to complain about as of yet.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsQuality training and safety training.

    ConsUnsafe conditions created during employee turnover due to minimum staffing. High employee turnover due to midpoint benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional staffing would provide enough morale to retain best of class.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing company, great and inspiring place to work - if you love to meet challenges

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Moscow (Russia)

    ProsInspiring culture. Culture of internal enterpreneurship. If you start and develop your own project - you will receive encouragement and resources. You see results done by yourself. If your results are good you will be noticed and get opportunities to grow and be developed.
    Good team. Growth potential in Russia. Wise managers in BD / Gases. Encouraging managers in GSS.
    Technical knowledge and technical decision-making is changing to good as company gains experience in Russian cuture.
    Official salary, medical insurance incl. dental, corporate fitness, training programms etc.

    ConsSomewhen unclear connections between departments or single employees in a team. That results in resposibility sharing and work overload.
    The team is young and motivated but that causes lack of technical expertise sometimes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut more attention on inter-department interaction, it is often ineffective. Meet all memebers of international project team in person at least once.
    Hire extra people to reduce everyday workload. Now it's challenging but physically you feel tired.
    Grow technical expertise inside the country.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to learn the Industrial Gas business

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company makes an effort to ensure that its sales force is well trained. There is a network of persons in various departments that aid in the selling process. There is opportunity for you to work in a broad range of areas within the company. The company has recently been putting more effort into promoting internally.

    ConsThere is a MAJOR disconnect between upper and middle management. Many employees are taking on tremendous workloads and not being recognized for the work they are doing. People are beginning to get very fed up with poor salary and a steady decrease in benefits. The main goal of Upper management is to get money to the stockholders. NOTHING else really matters. They will terminate people and cut back on raises and bonuses to reach their promises to the shareholders. The employees are not appreciated, especially those doing some of the most dangerous jobs. This company is not conducive to a balanced quality of life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus needs to shift to the employees that make the company what it is today. Realistic returns to the investors should be considered that do not put your workforce in jeopardy of loosing their lives to make a goal.

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    Praxair is average and behind the times. They're tight with the buck.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Danbury, CT

    ProsNot the best employer, but not the worst. The benefits are average, at best. If you don't have strong technical skills, this is the place for you because they're behind technology-wise. Not a very fast-paced environment so no real pressure or push for employees to work overtime. The Danbury location has a cafeteria in the building and a bank; it's convenient. They also offer garage parking which is great in the winter especially since they never close the building due to snow storms, so you're pretty much expected to be at work even if it means you risk your life getting there. They're big on charitable donations and encourage (at least in theory) diversity within the company. Outside of the Administrative Assistants, everyone gets and office.

    ConsManagement admits that the company is cheap and they're proud of it. But, then they don't have a problem spending thousands upon thousands of dollars hosting shareholder and board meetings at the St. Regis in Manhattan or throwing extravagant gala's for the executives.

    Salary increases (when there's no salary freeze in place) are below the average cost of living index. They don't encourage professional development. I've been here for 5 years and have yet to travel to any other locations to meet the people I work with on a daily basis. They don't invest in their employees by sending them to training seminars or classes to enhance their skills.

    I'm stuck in an office environment where there's little camaraderie; people pretty much keep to themselves. There are many employees that have been here 10, 20, even 30 years and with that comes a serious reluctance to change. I think it's very difficult for them to retain technologically advanced, talented young people who want to grow and be part of something bigger. The IT personnel here are useless. You're better off trying to investigate a technical problem on your own, otherwise you'll just be waiting indefinitely for IT to figure it out. They're bad at following up and just inefficient. Management is old-fashioned, stuffy, cold and keeps the 'good ole boys' network alive. The CEO rarely acknowledges anyone he passes by in the hall because he's too busy talking to himself.

    Outside of not working overtime and being able to take a lunch hour, they don't encourage a healthy work-life balance. No such thing as summer hours. No such thing as telecommuting. If you get 2 weeks vacation and you need just one more day, you have to pay for it - literally. You have to pay the company for vacation days. There are no holiday parties to speak of. If they bring in pizza for a department, each employee is asked for money to cover the cost. Good luck getting any supplies ordered. At one time, each employee was told they'll get one ream of paper per year and so they had to be very careful about what they print. All printers are automatically set up to print on both sides of the paper. The printers break down every few weeks. The fax machines are 15 years old.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI've been here 5 years and so it's not unbearable; for where I am in my life, it works. But, management needs to know that most employees are just biding time until they either hit retirement or get a better offer in a better commuting location. Where there's no investment or appreciation of employees, there's no investment or loyalty to the employer. This isn't a career for me - it's just a job with average pay and average benefits which is more than a lot of people have right now in this economy. A note to management would be that your employees are not stupid. We see (and hear) a lot more than you may realize, but I put in my 40 hours and you give me a check and then we're even.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Danbury, CT

    ProsNot a lot of extra headcount so you are pulled into projects that you might not get exposed to in other companies. You are pulled out of your comfort zone and can really grow your skills.

    ConsEveryone is expected to work very hard and put in long hours. Money is not thrown around lightly so resources can be limited sometimes. Salary is pretty good and benefits are average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management and enviornment in Corporate HQ is very conservative and old-fashioned. Comany needs to become more employee-friendly and flexible if they are going to keep up with the changing dynamics of the workplace.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great

    Project Controls Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsSecure job, nice people, good benefits

    Consnot many opportunities to grow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    hello

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosit is very hard to say

    Consso you are not unemployed

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