Praxair Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
160 Reviews
3.1
160 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A stable company, which is well-respected in its industry, which offers good work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • People are great hardworking Benefits ok middle of road (in 7 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.  

    I have thirty years experience in manufacturing, management, planning & assembling

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Orangeburg, NY
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Orangeburg, NY

    I worked at Praxair full-time

    Pros

    Good pay if you stay long enough

    Cons

    poor upper management, old management skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the workers

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

    Good company, solid business model, Old fashioned, not suitable for dashing creative people

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Praxair cannot afford to hire bright, innovative engineers from top notch schools and ivy league schools. Not even the good state schools. It can afford to hire engineers from community colleges and local universities who are available at 30% below market salaries. However, you always need employers who will employ B and C grade students. Where will they go otherwise? Praxair is a great company for such people and a ray of hope. Some of these people outshine and become successful leaders. However, company performance overall is governed by the quality and talent of people they hire. That's why overall its a mediocre company for mediocre people.

    Cons

    Not very dynamic, Has very old technology in every field - email system is Lotus Notes - very old, No Web conferencing tools, Has plethora of old 1980 software for business functions, too slow to adapt to technology. Below market salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage entrepreneurship among employees. Be dashing, promote risk taking. Get rid of senior manager with lame duck mentality, promote young aggressive employee friendly people, Pay above market salaries, hire top notch talent, keep them challenged and raise the bar for what they can deliver

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, great products, just a bit old-fashioned

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Danbury, CT

    I worked at Praxair full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Disciplined, stable company that is a leader in its field; excellent stock to own

    Cons

    Not friendly to working moms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more progressive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Typical big corporate bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Praxair full-time

    Pros

    - Good benefits package
    - Kind workforce
    - Good teamwork between disciplines
    - Safety effort and awareness are top notch

    Cons

    - Management is lacking drive, vision, and don't care much
    - Raises are basically the same as inflation (~2-2.5%)
    - The only way to get a healthy raise is through promotion which is rarely given to certain specific positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Team leaders are good, but supervisors are nuts.

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    Former Employee - Operations Tech II in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Operations Tech II in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Praxair full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun job, but that is if you are used to wearing the PPE, which I was. Very unusual kind of work, which is my thing. You have to be prepared for change of plans, which is cool.

    Cons

    The supervisors are unrealistic. They need to spend time trying new ideas out before throwing them on operators and saying "this is how it is" The shift change every three months was really nuts. There was some favoritism going on, where some would get away with certain things and others wouldn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show a little more trust in your operators opinions, they are the ones on the front lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Efficiency trups Effectiveness

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Orangeburg, NY
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Orangeburg, NY

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

    Pros

    Solid, stable,no nonsense firm. Safety is a religion.

    Cons

    People think like machines, decisions are made by spreadsheets, fear of change is paralyzing.
    If you manage what you measure, what you don't measure goes awry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human. Teach the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to everyone. Make the ultimate measure of any process the TIME it took to produce the desired result.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - IT Developer in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - IT Developer in Danbury, CT

    I have been working at Praxair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good global company to work. A lot to learn.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Should hire more people for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some employee training will be helpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Praxair - Subpar Company

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

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

    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
  10.  

    good work place for experienced persons

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    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Orangeburg, NY
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Orangeburg, NY

    I worked at Praxair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    stable and peaceful work place with good friendship development.

    Cons

    There are not much growing challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more focus on improving technical strengths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Positive company but hard to get promoted from within.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Praxair

    Pros

    Small company feel... big comany benefits.

    Cons

    Largest employer in Tonawanda, NY... forgets that the rest of the country isn't Tonawanda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within... ASAP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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