Praxair Reviews

Updated 12 September, 2014
Updated 12 September, 2014
155 Reviews
3.0
155 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager  in  Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    Smart people who are great to work with.

    Cons

    Vacation days and some over management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Chaotic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Guelph, ON
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Guelph, ON

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

    Pros

    Peers are nice to work with

    Cons

    Zero technology - technology is from 1983

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Solid company, multinational

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Praxair

    Pros

    lots of internal opportunity around the world

    Cons

    slow growth and heavy work weeks

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  5.  

    It is a good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at Praxair

    Pros

    You will work in a friendly environment with knowledgeable people to learn from. It is a good industry to work for as you can take this experience and apply it to many other industries.

    Cons

    They don't really groom and invest on employee training as much as some other companies. This is one of the reason they are not really the top company in their relative field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prepare leaders within your employees. Groom the young guys to ensure they stay with the company for long as the knowledge they gain about the product and company would be lost if they are not kept around for long.

  6.  

    Developing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Tonawanda, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Tonawanda, NY (US)

    I worked at Praxair as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work at. Competent people and good salaries

    Cons

    Some works, if you like challegens might get you bored, if you are an intern.
    That must not occur when you have a regular job, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify activities so people get involved and stimulated all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Safety at this company is likely best in the USA

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician  in  Concord, NH (US)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Concord, NH (US)

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

    Pros

    Long term employment , company supplys safety shoes and safety glasses every year

    Cons

    Promotions are not very common with hourly employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place for business but not highly technical positions (unless you are in a core business)

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Praxair full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High salaries, good benefits, good colleagues, training, challenging work, international travel.

    Cons

    Rigid hierarchy -- workers vs managers, core businesses vs non-core. There is a lot of turnover and a lack of focus -- to many functions. Some business areas are very disfunctional with unqualified staff, a lot of political nonsense, a lot of KA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking that you are better than anyone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Disenchanted with creative process and your ability to contribute at lower levels.

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    Current Employee - Technologist  in  Tonawanda, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Technologist in Tonawanda, NY (US)

    I have been working at Praxair full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off when you need it. Managers that do listen...some of them at least. A lot of talent to go around. Unlimited sick days with pay so I have been told.

    Cons

    Can be a tough place to get acknowledged for your hard efforts and "real" world experiences. PhD's think that they are gods and no one at a lower level, such as the Technologists, have any real ideas or possible solutions to help in their research. PhD's and researchers have only school experiences and many times work with blinders on. They just don't have enough general work, play and life experiences.

    Not enough recognition to the ground force workers who are the driving force in getting work done on a team. Yes it is a TEAM effort, but many with higher education won't acknowledge the fact. They let their ego's get in the way and think they can solve everything. When in fact they're just chasing their own tails. As a formal Navy Officer, I never lost hope in my junior employees. They all have something to contribute no matter how low on the totem pole. Everyone has something to contribute. We all can be developed to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little ideas no matter how small or trivial they may seem DO become big ideas. Ask those with the soft voice because they feel intimidated for their ideas. 98 percent of them may have already been tried. It only took 1 big idea and belief for Apple computers CEO, Steve Jobs. Remember this... You lead, follow or fall behind. Its tough to be in the front leading especially since you forget to look in the rear view mirror and see that you were about to be over come with your single mindedness .... and passed. Listen to those in the back seat. They are the ones who are doing more observation because they don't have to keep focused on what's just up ahead . You just need to listen. I've been told by my wife it's a hard thing to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very great group but overall company organization could be better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Specialist I  in  Tonawanda, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Development Specialist I in Tonawanda, NY (US)

    I have been working at Praxair full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very smart, strong engineers that work well together. Also, there is an open door policy with most people and everyone is very friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    The overall goals for the company are not straightforward and different groups have different agendas. Collaboration could be better and some of the usual micro-managing in other groups needs to be solved. Promotions seem random and the work flow is a bit too hurried with everyone wanting the answers before analysis is complete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have a more focused message and have buy-in from everyone. Make decisions based on facts and not agendas. The pay could be better in order to keep the best performers. Sometimes the raises from the best and worst are not that much different. Get rid of the ranking system for promotions/benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Praxair

    Pros

    Benefits and international trips are very good

    Cons

    Internal politics with in the organization are bad

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