‘Air Products touches the lives of consumers around the globe in positive ways every day. With over 20,000 employees and operations in more than 50 countries, we serve customers across a wide range of industries from food and beverage, health and personal care to energy, transportation and semiconductors. We supply a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment and services.’ Air Products Website, July 2015

Founded in 1940, Air Products has an overall rating of 3.9/4 by their graduates, with especially high scores for colleagues (4.4), environmental awareness (4.3) and work-life balance (4.2). The European graduate program promises to provide challenging assignments from day 1, with an environment where graduates can learn, grow and develop. 

The average salary for graduates at Air Products is £27,000 – £29,000, with one graduate explaining that there is a ‘Great starting salary. Already increased upon starting.’ although another added that ‘pay could be better for certain locations’. Average working hours are 8am – 5pm, with a number of graduates describing flexible working hours and ‘opportunities for 9-day fortnights’.

The best and worst things about working for Air Products include; 

‘Great environment. 12 month assignments. Treated as a professional. Encouraged professional development. Plenty of opportunities for travel and further learning. Great pay.’ Systems Engineering, Merchant Technical Team at Air Products

‘The company can give you both design experience and operations experience. A graduate engineer is expected to work in both. Having both design and operational experience is very valuable. While the company supports a very large range of industries, the products the company manufacture are for a niche area.’ Operations Process Control, Operations at Air Products

‘Opportunity to try different things. Possibility of working in different environments and cultures. Well structured and established graduate scheme. Get the chance to work with people with a wide range of experience. Pay could be better for certain locations.’ Chemical engineer, Industrial gases at Air Products

Finally, interview tips include;

Application Advice: To gain experience doing internships or summer placements
Interview Advice: Don’t try to be somebody you aren’t
Process Engineer, Process design at Air Products
Application Advice: Make sure to check AP website and what AP is looking for…
Interview Advice: Relax and enjoy the day.
R&D Engineer, Merchant Technology at Air Products
Application Advice: CV should be to-the-point and relevant; a skills-based CV spanning two sides of A4 would be most appropriate. You should touch upon personal competencies, but these will be discussed in more detail at the interview stage. Given the option, a covering letter should be submitted in conjunction with the CV. It is important to clearly set out who you are, your background, your interests in the company and industry as a whole, why you think your competencies are in strong alignment with those required at the company, and also give a brief outline of your experiences and achievements.
Interview Advice: Think hard about experiences you’ve had where you’ve had to demonstrate teamwork.. as well as positive leadership. Try to sell yourself as someone who is responsible and keen to take on challenges. Also, be honest and up-front about areas in which you think you could improve upon, but show your willingness and commitment to improving yourself. Specific advice would be to research thoroughly what it is the company does; show that you’re enthusiastic and that you have the knowledge and ability to bring something to the company. Brush-up on your technical knowledge as well!
Chemical engineer, Industrial gases at Air Products

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