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Updated March 12, 2017
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Air Products Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi
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  • New CEO, now entire company to be organized by geographic region (in 21 reviews)

  • Work life balance not good working 70 (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Air Products full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to define new products/markets ( 1979-1995), then finding new partners (late 90's), and a leadership ( Donley/Baker) who understood R&D.

    Cons

    Leadership shifted to "accounting", minimize R&D ( by technology-but limited understanding of it), failed efforts to develop new internal expertise, new leaders ( CEO and VPs) who did not know the markets/products ( like L. Poole wanted, and reduced interest to work with local communities during the past 10 years- due to poor decision making and no change in leadership

    Advice to Management

    Read the book - OUT OF THIN AIR, understand what L. Poole did and why - he was a sales person who appreciated R&D. Train your staff vs. making them fight against each other --to win CEO/VP favor, and consider what Dex Baker did with AR&D, and the attitude of Ed Donley - to appreciate the staff-even in time of poor results. The last 3 CEO, Pres. Chairman of Board -The same person-- need to plan ahead and get those who will tell you when you are wrong-and not being fired 10 min later. See what AIRGAS/PRAX/Air Liquide did --to learn the market they served....and why APCI had to sell Spec. Gas./Elec. Gases/Chemicals/etc. --and today have a hard time to sell bulk gases--N2/O2/H2/He - that built the firm and now have few technical leaders.


  2. "Intelligence Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Air Products full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Input was valued, as were questions to clarify needs of patrons

    Cons

    New CEO, now entire company to be organized by geographic region


  3. "Good work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Air Products full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Liked the work group until all the reorganization

    Cons

    Sad how it's changing with the new CEO


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  5. "Review."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Trexlertown, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Trexlertown, PA

    I worked at Air Products full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes its and Ok place to work.

    Cons

    The times when it's not an ok place.


  6. "Co-op IT Specialist"

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    Former Intern - IT Specialist in Trexlertown, PA
    Former Intern - IT Specialist in Trexlertown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Air Products as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great co-workers and good amount of work to finish up

    Cons

    - Less time to mingle and network


  7. "Nice company, but they don't plan for interns`"

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    Former Intern - Process Control Engineer, in Allentown, PA
    Former Intern - Process Control Engineer, in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Air Products as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great set of experienced people who are amazing mentors
    Friendly
    They care about your success
    They are ready and available to help when asked

    Cons

    Big age gap--a bunch of experienced people and few inexperienced ones
    Did not plan for an intern, so they did not have much work for me
    I was sitting in my office doing nothing for days at a time because they did not want to give me any work (or they did not have time to explain the projects they had to me)

    Advice to Management

    Plan better for interns, and make sure you have work for them wherever you send them, otherwise you are wasting your time and money, and you're wasting the intern's time. The intern comes to the company to learn, but when he or she is watching YouTube all day because there is no work, it does not look good on either party.


  8. "Air Product summer intern"

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    Former Intern - Advanced Data Analyst in Allentown, PA
    Former Intern - Advanced Data Analyst in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Air Products as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very friendly welcoming staffs. everyone in the team welcomed me and made sure to help me with every little thing. the HR person and my boss were particularly helpful.

    Cons

    My only complaint would be that in this job there is not much chance for future career advancement. As they are not hiring people for full-time position for this job this internship was an exciting addition in my resume and an important milestone for me but I would love to have an option to work here permanently.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider creating full-time position for this job.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wall Street Experiment Gone Bad"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Trexlertown, PA
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Trexlertown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very few. Benefits and pay are decent geographically

    Cons

    This company is going through major restructuring and layoffs, however 90% of the workers left go were very talented. The slackers are still around. If you prove someone wrong you can be guaranteed a pink slip and a phone call to the unemployment office. This place is a joke. Every project I experienced here was completed by rolling the dice. Their standards are from the 70's , their drawings are decrepit. A Vocational high school student can do better. Their design software is 20 years old running off of patches created by IT.

    Advice to Management

    How do you people sleep at night.


  10. "Good company but needs to grow through investment"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Air Products (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly company to work for with great work-life balance. Plenty of smart, motivated people to work with. Group management was challenging but in line with expectations. Company performs well financially.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow the business as strong reluctance to spend capital. Strong preference for growth by cost cutting but the fruit has been picked off the tree.

    Advice to Management

    Plenty of growth opportunities out there for acquisition, etc. The fruit tree has been picked. Time to grow by investing.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Poorly Managed Company"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Products full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible work-hours and ability to work from home.

    Cons

    The company is notorious for its top-down management style. If the higher-ups make a mistake, the subordinates are expected to solve it without voicing their feedback upwards. Their ideal employee (at any level) tolerates ineptitude and keeps their mouth shut, which breeds a culture of complacency in the lower-level employees, and ignorance in the higher level employees. Most stress/frustration from the job is the result of mismanagement instead of productive challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management is lacking in leadership, willingness to take a risk, or report bad news to their superiors. The current CEO was hired from outside specifically to change this type of culture. His vision of Air Products becoming "a company of 20,000 CEOs" is exactly what is needed, but most of his advice falls on deaf ears because his direct-reports are only comfortable with the "old way" Air Products operated and are trying to outlast a CEO that they hope will retire soon.



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