Praxair
3.3 of 5 132 reviews
www.praxair.com Danbury, CT 5000+ Employees

Praxair Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.3 132 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

Praxair President, and CEO Steve Angel

Steve Angel

(88 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Chaotic

Coordinator (Current Employee)
Guelph, ON

I have been working at Praxair as a contractor for less than a year

ProsPeers are nice to work with

ConsZero technology - technology is from 1983

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Praxair is good, but don't even think about working at Praxair Surface Technologies

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Manchester, CT (US)

I worked at Praxair full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThey have competitive pay and average benifits.
Your boss will often leave very early.
There is also a good tuition reimbursement program.

ConsThe PST corporate culture is driving the individual facilities into the ground. Always a chance of getting laid off if you don't meet the specified sales. You can have the work to meet sales, but corporate doesn't allow the investment into the workforce in order to meet the goals, creating an endless cycle of failure. There is terrible communication company wide, from the top down because management does not really care about the individual, only about looking good to their boss. There is no room for advancement or there is only advancement based on who you know in the good ol' boy network. Furthermore, the company is very resistant to changing their culture, workforce, and systems to improve the facility. Don't even think about suggesting ways to improve things as you will be seen as someone throwing a wrench in their terribly oiled machine.

PST competitors are growing at a rapid rate, because of PST inefficiencies.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean house and bring in new management for PST corporate and in the individual facilities.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Praxair - Subpar Company

Engineer (Current Employee)
Tonawanda, NY (US)

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

ProsName 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

ConsMiddle 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 Senior ManagementStop favoring short term rewards and invest in the long term investments
Can't see the forest through the trees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hostile work environment, limited advancement opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Praxair

ProsManagement is inhumane, unprofessional and extremely

ConsLocated new Niagara Falls...super cool to be so close

Advice to Senior ManagementLower your egos and listen more than you speak

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Some key sr leaders have major integrity issues; others fear retribution; CEO looks other way as long as profits come in

General Management (Former Employee)

I worked at Praxair full-time for more than 5 years

ProsHistory shows strong financials but if you look deeper (which only can be obtained from being inside the company for a while) you see the cultural problems. But the real sad part is there are some really good sr leaderhship people but they (have been conditioned?) to have no #@%* to voice their true opinion on things which are very wrong internally. Business relies on long term contracts with guaranteed income. Industrial gases business has hard entry point which staves off new competition (at least in US). Safety wise they pay attention.

ConsShort term thinking all the time, I mean all the time. No process efficiency; I was frustrated by the historic lack of technology infrastructure.

Biggest frustration is related to people: Brought in some really impressive people in my last year or so but I will bet they will leave before long they all do. Its a shame. Watching the sr leadership team cower when something very obviously wrong is going down. No one has the courage to step up and stop it. Fear of retribution perhaps? Lady in charge of HR for past decade has bad internal reputation almost everywhere so you can't even go to HR to try and work out a solution. She's been in the company forever, mystery to everyone why they keep her. Then they wonder why its so hard to get people to join the company. Word gets around. New people are trying to make a difference but it is almost like some executives don't want to make the company better; why...someone can do it better than you maybe and that threatens your legacy?

 You see the trends in these blogs...company is notorious for not being oriented to their people. The great ones leave quickly after finding this out. If you are female or diverse you have put a nail in your coffin. I would not want my kids to work here, especially my daughters, and that says alot.

I was here a pretty good long time and when personally I was able to leave, I did. I've never said anything negative about an employer I've had but had to speak up on this one. I suggest waiting till some key executives retire in upcoming years before I could recommend Praxair.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow the courage, retire your ineffective executives and bring in capable people who are actually trained in their expertise

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Waste of time

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Praxair

ProsMediocre benefits package, vacation days are decent but even better if you're grandfathered in from a previous buyout. The only way one can see this company in a positive light is if you've started elsewhere and simply had no choice with a transfer.

ConsIncompetence and politics clearly trump true work ethic and social responsibility within the workplace. Programs are in place promoting certain things, but it's merely a facade as it's hard to get excited about anything. This is corporate at its' worst, without regard for employees or the effect the company has on them.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhere are the days when families still owned corporations? Are they really that far gone? Corporate means one thing these days, what the shareholder wants and expects and that is profit at any cost, regardless of the livelihoods at stake. Company officers work towards that goal alone, it's no lie.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Stressful, overworked, and under paid and under appreciated.

Director (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I worked at Praxair

ProsClose to home. Decent benefits. Knowledgable staff. Strong commitment to safety.

ConsLow morale due to poor management and communications. Tons of travel. Low pay accompanied with 16 hour days and no recognition, only push for additional "commitment". Old, outdated systems like Lotus Notes for email. Too. Many engineers, have managed to over complicate the simplest tasks and processes. Poor office politics and BS bonus scheme.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to your start up business segments.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Leave you to believe in things that never will truly happen.

Store Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Praxair

ProsExperience on a resume.
The longer you keep believing the fluff they feed you the longer you will stay.

ConsWell underpaid.
Nepotism & politics.
Poor management.
Greedy.
Uncaring for their employees.
If you feed in to the fluff this company tells you it will ruin your life in the long run & if u have a family theirs too. If you are the type of person that does not expect much then this is the job for you.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest & follow through with promises. Take better care of your employees & give them a REAL paycheck.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It could be better

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Praxair

ProsBenefits were good until last year but it is still better then some other companies.

ConsFavoritism,lies and deception are the way of business at Praxair.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake action before this company becomes Enron.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Praxair is the worst place to work

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

I have been working at Praxair

Prosnice co-workers; easy work; can not think of any other reason why anyone should work there; close to home; that's about it

Consmanagement is horrible; benefits are mediocre; the company as a whole needs to catch up to the twentieth century, forget about the twenty-first century.

Advice to Senior Managementmotivate your employees; expand your benefits to balance work/home; organize your staff to work more efficiently; appreciate your employees; a happy place is a more productive place

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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