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Air Products Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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  • New CEO, now entire company to be organized by geographic region (in 21 reviews)

  • Limited career advancement opportunities (except at HQ), bureaucratic/slow decision making, wage growth doesn't keep up with real inflation (in 9 reviews)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  2. "Challenging& interesting work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Welder in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Current Employee - Welder in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience great people to work with. Some travel opportunity. Good pay. Coworkers are helpful and willing to share knowledge of various job tasks.

    Cons

    With some company downsizing and downturn in natural gas market morale is low. Some uncertainty about the future. Which is a distraction to the shop flow.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Poorly Managed Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Great Opportunity for the Lehigh Valley"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities are available in multiple technologies.
    Lateral and vertical moves are available.
    Great Benefits.
    Opportunities for foreign and domestic travel.
    Opportunities for both design and operations work.
    Friendly people.
    PE's not required.
    Low activity in regards to new projects due to the low oil prices.

    Cons

    Lower salary in comparison to competitors.
    Recent layoffs have caused the atmosphere and culture to shift towards a less open and friendly environment.
    Majority of higher grade positions are only available in Allentown, PA.
    Lack of personnel available between the ages of 35-50 therefore most people are either close to retirement or are still considered entry level.
    Lack of external training offered.
    Personnel are typically kept at the same grade level as their peers (age group) therefore excelling professional in Air Products will take some time even if you are a high performer.

    Advice to Management

    Allow high performing employees to take on challenging positions.
    Provide an opportunity for employees to provide feedback on upper management.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Air Products (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good operational and project investment analysis learning; encourage to move around to gain different experiences; work/life balance if in right group; Friendly environment within finance

    Cons

    very structured org, slow to move up the ladder, work crazy hours if in wrong group, less opportunities to move up if only staying in one place, promotion decision made by big finance group with ppl don't know your performance at all

    Advice to Management

    Does it really make sense to let big finance group to make decision on promotions while most of them have no direct information on how that employee performed? Instead, should let internal clients to be part of the decision making as they know better how that person performs.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away if possible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auditor in Trexlertown, PA
    Former Employee - Auditor in Trexlertown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Air Products full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Some management very human. The area is a nice place to live, with good schools for your children.

    Cons

    Too much travel, letting long term employees go when they are "cheaper to replace" (I left of my own accord), very "Stepford People" environment. Expect total loyalty from employees but give none in return.

    Advice to Management

    Respect you people more. Too many folks are let go who have done their jobs well, but become "too expensive". Calling folks on Saturday informing they'll be traveling for two weeks starting the next day is hardly respecting your employees.


  7. "Focus on people not profit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inspection Tech in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Inspection Tech in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Air Products full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady hours, good pay and benefits. Work life balance is good, is a union show so very well kept as in equipment and safety.

    Cons

    Managment forgets to consider human factor at times. Union and managment need to get along and work things out instead of pointing fingers all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your good people and they will flourish.


  8. "AP Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, benefits and work/life balance. Very good company.

    Cons

    currently restructuring. Career opportunities not as diverse as it was before.


  9. "Overall good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Salisbury, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Salisbury, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Air Products full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Happy work environment, I learned a lot about working as part of a team and as an individual. Helped me learn to work in a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Bosses are demanding, job is mentally draining, it can be physically stressful, they squeeze everything they can get out of you as an employee

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and other supervisors


  10. "Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Air Products full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family Friendly. Modest pay. Long history of industry experience in safety, technology and research.

    Cons

    Long working hours. Restructing and divestment in progress. Legacy equipment need upgrade to stay competitive. Research has slowed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to experienced engineers. Replace legacy automation technology that is potentially slowing the growth of a product and sales.


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