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Updated January 11, 2018
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Air Products Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi
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  • Recently got a new CEO and cuts are being made to reorganize the company (in 23 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. "Mechanical Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Air Products as an intern

    Pros

    Good opportunities, support, interesting work friendly atmosphere and good social aspect to the company

    Cons

    Currently undergoing some restructuring so some opportunities aren't there


  2. "Mechanical Engineering Year In industry Placement"

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    Former Intern - Equipment Engineer in Hersham, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Equipment Engineer in Hersham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    +Very good work culture
    +Everyone incredibly helpful and approachable - very respectable work environment
    +Balanced work/play ethic
    +Significant opportunities available

    Cons

    -None in the time I worked there.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Ellesmere Port, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Ellesmere Port, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked long hours but wages were good.

    Cons

    Management at the site had no man management skills.
    Management don't listen to raised concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the worker
    Take note when incidents are reported


  4. "Overall good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people and interesting business if you want to get involved

    Cons

    Management only want unrealistic ebitda which has undermined the workforce as makes it uncompetitive in large areas but expectations haven't changed

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the customers and employees and look to invest in key areas like engineering resources and distribution as these are run far too tight to deliver the satisfaction customers want.


  5. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multinational, Diverse, People Oriented, Forward Looking

    Cons

    Riske Averseness stifles entrepreneurship at source


  6. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Call Agent in Hersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Call Agent in Hersham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    easy no challenge little work

    Cons

    dull boring uninteresting slow quiet


  7. "Technical Writer"

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    Current Employee - Writer in Middlesbrough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Writer in Middlesbrough, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Air Products full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highly regulted, professional and responsible company invested in its employees and the environment. A world leader with good rates of pay and a real investor in its personnel.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape means slow progress, although this is due to a safety first approach. Strong, entrenched culture (the AP way) not great when proposing new methods and ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to advise so successful a company. as a world leading company with cutting edge technology, maybe even more focus on employee training and skilling up for the future.

  8. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Hersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Hersham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Staff were knowledgeable and really helpful.
    Dynamic culture where you could see that stuff actually gets done.
    No pressure was put on you, it felt comfortable to ask questions and for more clarification.
    The company has a diverse range of Engineers with lots of experience.
    Great R&D team and good collaboration with other sites in particular in Allentown.
    Great place for young engineers to learn and gain lots and knowledge and experience.
    Salaries are good.
    Good facilities and location.
    Opportunities exist for collaborations with university/academic projects

    Cons

    Quite a small R&D group
    There weren't a lot of job openings for graduates
    It seemed like they would only recruit people if someone had left their position.
    Communication between departments could be better
    Interns were somewhat treated like "interns" and not "staff"
    Some staff were a bit snooty.

    Advice to Management

    As an intern, I was not in much contact with the upper management but my supervisor was great, resourceful, happy to help and answer questions. When I had difficulties, he was helpful and quick to helping me solve them. He provided helpful and constructive feedback. My supervisors managers were also really supportive and understood my project which they just let me get on with.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not the company it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Air Products full-time

    Pros

    This has always been a company that encouraged people to switch roles frequently and get a wide range of experiences. Management were always supportive and easy to talk to and the team culture was great. Good people were supported to try new things. The graduate training programme is world class with some opportunities for assignments abroad.

    There has always been mutual flexibility. When the business needs you (like when a plant breaks down), you drop everything to help. When you need to work from home or do flexible hours, the business accommodates you.

    The compensation is fair and the benefits are quite good. Not the highest pay possible, but good when you consider that you also get a reasonable work-life balance and nice company culture.

    Cons

    The new CEO (who joined 18 months ago and was installed by a hedge fund) has ripped the heart out of this company. He only focuses on EBITDA and the share price in the next couple of years. We are showing record profits right now because no-one is getting trained, plants aren't getting maintained and R&D has ground to a halt.

    While we have had a few rounds of redundancies in the last decade, for the first time ever, the most capable employees in the company are being made redundant, with no effort to move them and no concern over knowledge management and our ability to innovate in the future. The R&D departments are becoming almost non-existent. Engineering and operations are experiencing huge cuts in workforce that never seem to end, with the remaining employees being given a workload so high that our highly prized culture of safety is at risk. I can no longer tell when one round of redundancies ends and another begins. This is not the same company I joined 9 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Change the CEO and get this hateful hedge fund off our board by any means possible! Failing that, at least make some sort of plan for how we are going to innovate and keep pace with our competitors in the long run. Make more effort to keep the best employees. A huge amount of knowledge is walking out of the door and right into the arms of our competitors.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Was great, but going downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hersham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great and I loved working at Air Products. I got to move around the company and was able to get some great experience in business and technical roles.

    Cons

    The new CEO seems intend on raising profits in the short term by cutting workforce with no consideration to what will happen in the longer term. It seems clear that the company is being prepared for breaking up and selling off. Middle managers appear not to like what is happening but are powerless to stop it.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your most valuable asset, don't waste them.


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