Air Liquide Employee Reviews in Calgary, AB

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Principal Engineer, Plant Engineering & Piping (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 August 2018
Consistently provides support to the team,
Always available to lend an ear and support to team members,
Ensures that employees understand their roles and responsibilities clearly
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large international corporation
Senior Account Executive (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB9 January 2019
Large company touching many industries and requiring a broad set of expertise's. Many levels of management and product offering. Moves with the changes in economy and provides a wide range of products and services to industries from medical to aerospace
Pros
Lots of opportunity for adcancement
Cons
large corporate structure. Hard to made regional adjustments
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Dayos review
Order selector/Industial gas Trainer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 November 2018
I am a very dependable and hard working Calgarian always looking to challenge myself in high volume work place environment the company was good and paid really well good working hours and some decent co workers as well
Pros
good co workers
Cons
dirty working areas
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Good place to work
DRIVER, SHIPPER/RECEIVER (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB22 September 2018
Been a while since I've worked there, but have been told from current employees that the culture has changed somewhat. Can't say if it's for the good or bad.
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Challenging and rewarding place to work
Sales Coordinator/Quality Facilitator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 September 2018
My fellow employees were like a second family here and I was able to grow both prfessionally and personally in my time with ALC. If another position ever came available here I would most certainlyt consider taking it. My reasons for leaving were solely based on timing as the administrative team underwent major restructuring while I was on maternity leave and my position was moved to another location.
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tense and uncomfortable environment , horrible management
store keeper/warehouse (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB9 July 2018
working at air liquide started off enjoyable, but eventually things started to occur. resistance from management of the warehouse to changes implemented by head office to improve work speed and accuracy. going from a random location set up to a more organized warehouse would have improved pick speed, and had daily jobs kept up and finished same day.
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A Global company where safety comes first
Accounting Manager (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB30 May 2018
Working with Air Liquide for over 5 yrs. Gained very good experience in all functions of Accounting and Finance and much more.

Air Liquide cares for its employees. Safety comes first.
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Short Term Contracts
Human Resources Coordinator - Contract (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB24 October 2017
Nice office, great people. Unfortunately there is no opportunity for growth within the company due to short term contracts/ end of projects. Good learning experience.
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Manager (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 July 2017
They struggle to support an open and transparent culture despite best efforts to implement various programs to drive a high level of engagement. Can't walk the talk.
Pros
Good pay and benefits
Cons
Senior Management
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Dedicated Employees
Human Resources Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 July 2017
A very welcoming place to work. The people are fantastic. <ost of them have been with the Company for over 30 years which says alot.
Great working culture and family.
Pros
Advancement
Cons
Wish they would involve the smaller people more
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Sales Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 July 2017
Very busy environment.
Room for advancement and offer training.
Culture is not pleasant although, site locations are better than over all corporate culture.
Pros
Very busy
Cons
lack of support for training and communication
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Open concept anf friendly environment
Accounts Payable Contractor (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB6 March 2017
This is a good company to work. been with this company for almost 2 years. awarded with independent contract on the basis of excellent work. Very healthy and positive work environment.
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Empty promises, poor employee management
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB12 February 2016
Air Liquide claims to be an international company and that is true as far as them having offices in locations around the world. However, these offices don't work well together. In fact I have witness how employees badmouth other centres while officially praising their great collaboration, which in fact is not working at all. They prefer if employees relocate temporarily instead.
Relocating to Calgary with Air Liquide was a nightmare, it was so badly organized. Being sent on assignments is not pleasant, as the company does not make any efforts of making it easier for the employee. For example, expenses are reimbursed via cheque and in foreign countries there is no possibility of cashing them, so you pay out of pocket for everything until you return. Housing provided lacks the most basic things and broken items are not being fixed. It seems all very low-budget.
Frequent hire and fire is common in this location and intellectual property is squandered.
Employee management is poor due to the size of the office and everyone being managed from another location. Often jobs are given to employees in other centres instead because the manager finds it too much effort to manage his remote people.
On the other hand, benefits and salary are good and there are many nice people working there.
Pros
compensation, people
Cons
no "us-feeling", lots of talk behind people's backs, badly organized
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Interesting Industry that has taught me a lot of specialized knowledge
Inside Sales (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 February 2016
There are many benefits to being an Air Liquide employee, excellent co workers, my immediate manager and upper management are all very down to earth. I receive vacation time, benefits, and a very fair wage.
Unfortunately, I don't feel a though my goals are in alignment with what Air Liquide can offer.
Pros
Ample vacation time and high wages
Cons
Very stressful
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Great potential and technologies squandered
Process Engineer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB12 January 2016
Working at Air Liquide Canada was a disaster from start to finish. The relocation process was so badly organized that upon departure the flight hadn't been booked and the movers broke and "misplaced" a lot of our stuff. The person who organized the relocation was later fired.
Due to the structure of the company there are "centres of excellence", which deal with certain technologies exclusively and also get first pick on projects, no matter where they are located. The other centres only get assignments if the first is drowning in work, which means tons of downtime, made up assignments to keep employees busy, or demeaning assignments one does not need an engineer for. Even having personal connections in other centres don't matter once you're off their radar and you're being treated like they never knew you.
The only way to get real work is to be really lucky, relocate (what's the point of starting there in the first place?) or move to another centre's location for the project duration. When one agrees to the latter, they are put in accommodations lacking the most basic things, while being expected to live on a small per-diem and prepare their own meals. Complaints are ignored or only partially addressed.
Expenses have to be paid out of pocket and there is no way to have them reimbursed as direct deposit, while payroll works like that without issues. Instead, a cheque is issued and the employee has no way to deposit it in the country he currently is in, so more out-of-pocketing is needed. Empty promises are made that the system will be improved soon. Adding to that, you have
  more... to deal with people who don't know the expense regulations and you end up fighting for every cent. The person in this position was fired.
Payroll is unable to issue correct payments and overpaid me. When they noticed their mistake I had to reimburse them asap, but when it came to them reimbursing the moving expenses, it took a whooping three months! The person in this position was fired.
Even when small projects happen, they are managed from another centre. Every centre lives in its own bubble and has no regard or respect for the others, they badmouth one another while openly bragging about their great collaboration efforts.

Reminding people in other centres of your existence results only in empty promises that your skills will be put to good use. Project hours have to be painfully requested and approved, which often fails and causes trouble that falls back onto the person doing the actual project work, who is eventually at risk of getting fired because it looks like they had nothing to do all this time.
Direct managers are not located in Calgary either and therefore have little interest in anything not on their office floor. They prefer giving work to people in the same building rather than picking up the phone and emailing instructions and work documents to people in the Calgary location.
IT is lousy and only recently a local guy was hired. Before that the Calgary centre relied on service from Houston and was treated as a low priority. I waited five weeks for all programs and network access when I started working there. Not even Outlook had been configured on my computer and due the lack of access rights nobody who is not IT can install programs themselves, no matter their background.
Important software like the engineering simulation suite are not installed locally, but on a remote server that frequently fails and remains offline for days. When that happens, IT is usually not available or does not resolve issues fast enough. Requests to install the software locally to solve those issues have been frequently denied with the excuse that it would create too much overhead for the IT department. Nobody seems to mind that the engineering department is unable to work at all.
People are getting hired and fired here on a regular basis, the company has gone through a number of centre managers already.
On the good side: there are lots of nice people working there, the pay was good, so were the benefits. The location features access to the gym of the sun life building, which is small, but affordable for $35 a month.
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Pros
Benefits, pay, nice people.
Cons
Company organization, workload, incompetence.
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busy warehouse
Material Handler (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB11 January 2016
most days started early and ended on time. busy warehouse.
Building skids, picking packing and shipping orders were a typical day.
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Ok
Deputy Lead I&C Engg (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 December 2015
It is an alright place to work. The main issue is the HR policy. They seem to think that the Engineers working for them are the lowest class of all the folks working in the company. No Job satisfaction
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Great Team
Junior Accountant (Former Employee) –  Calgary3 January 2014
Enjoyed working with a great team of professional people. Management was good, the part I didn't like was that work was not as mentioned in job description and there was no flexibility of time.
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