Praxair

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Praxair Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.3 145 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Praxair President, and CEO Steve Angel

Steve Angel

(96 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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
  • 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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    Dynamic environment, almost a scary level of competence amongst my colleagues.

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)

    Prosinteresting work, good communication, the physical facility is well kept and is conducive to serious work. The workforce is international and immensely talented.

    Conslots of structure, and one must be aware of the unwritten do's and don'ts or career obstacles will occur. Typical for a larger company, it can be difficult to do things quickly in the organization.

    Advice to Senior Managementreduce the amount of rules and structure. A lot of energy is expended in producing charts, reports, tables, etc., for review meetings and regular reporting.

    Yes, I would 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 (US)

    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)

    Prosgreat benefits and vacation time. great pay weekly for clerical work. everyone is so friendly

    Consthere aren't much cons except that sometimes it could get so boring aroufcd here that iiiiiiiiiimirls

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    Solid company but does not bring out creativity

    Process Engineer (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN (US)

    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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    Overview of R&D

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Buffalo, NY (US)

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Danbury, CT (US)

    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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