“Linde is top of the ladder”
Buster Shaw, a bulk driver based in California, came to Linde in 2008 after being referred by friends who worked there. His hope was to find a safety-focused company that offered competitive benefits and pay - and respected and supported drivers who were professional and dedicated.
“All my expectations have come true,” Shaw said. “It’s a great place to work and a very safe environment. They really care about their employees. There are a lot of positives.”
Added Shaw, “For anybody who is looking for a long-term driving career with options for growth and great benefits, Linde is top of the ladder. And safety is a 24/7 focus at Linde – it’s a condition of your employment. Linde treats its employees well with safety awards, benefits and raises.”
“A company with a reputation for treating its drivers well“
Twenty years ago, Joe Olson quit a higher-paying job to come to Linde. Why? Simple. He knew the company had a reputation for taking care of its drivers – respecting them by offering training and opportunities for advancement as well as competitive salary and benefits.
Today Olson is a driver-trainer in Vancouver, Washington.
“As a driver you are home every night and you are not just a person who climbs in a truck and delivers things,” he said. “You are a person who is part of a distribution team that involves the driver at all levels. There is a relentless safety culture at Linde and they take what drivers have to say very seriously. Your input is valued and required. This is a safety culture that is second to none.”
Olson delivers cylinders and bulk gases and enjoys being “the face of the company at customer locations.”
“I like that I can grow with this company and that I don’t have to deliver the same product and do the same job all the time. I know two drivers who are now transport managers. I would recommend this company to any qualified professional. They are very driver oriented.”
“Great equipment that’s well maintained.”
When Wisconsin medical cylinder driver Mike King came aboard, he was immediately impressed with how Linde focuses on helping drivers do their jobs more easily and safely.
“The sky is the limit,” he said. “One example is we just received four new trucks – brand new Kenworths – that were bought based on what our drivers said they needed. The number one thing at this company is taking care of drivers. They limit the hours they can work and make sure we follow the laws to a ‘T.’ We don’t fudge anything and we provide state of the art equipment. We really take care of our drivers and give awards based on good records.”
King also likes the steady work, benefits and opportunities for advancement that come with working for a global company. After starting as a driver, he is now a plant manager.
“It was cool to see how dedicated they are to safety and I can tell you that managers like myself are allowed carte blanche to handle safety,” he said. “We get what we need as long as it makes life safer for drivers and others. Upper management walks the walk – they don’t just talk the talk. They are sincere and they back it up. I like this company a lot.”
“They treat me like family”
Tim Tibbs tried for a year to get on with Linde before finally getting hired.
“I heard it was a great company and I really wanted to get a job there,” said Tibbs. “I knew I was going to be home every day or night to be with my family. The trucks are clean and well maintained and I’m thinking, ‘Are they actually paying me to do this?’ This is the best driving job I have ever had. When a truck driver can go to work with a white shirt on and come home clean that is saying something.”
Now 25 years later, he is a lead fleet trainer based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tibbs calls Linde a company that is “extremely safety conscious. If you notice something wrong with the equipment it’s fixed right away, no questions asked. I like having a job where my primary duty is to make sure drivers remain safe and get back to their families safe.”
In addition to working as a driver and a driver trainer, he worked as a dispatcher in California, then was asked to come back to Pennsylvania to work as a scheduler at the National Scheduling Center, then with Customer Engineering Services where he scheduled the service and installations of the bulk tanks in the Northeast. He has also worked as transport manager at the Buffalo, New York location and as a area manager in Woodward, Oklahoma.
The bottom line for Tibbs: “At Linde the door is always wide open.”
“You are not just a number – you are a person“
A 12-year veteran of the company, Casey Hilligas didn’t have to come to Linde. He had choices. He started as a filler for a local family owned business, then earned his CDL and started delivering cylinders. At that point he chose to go with Linde, where he served as a backup driver and a manager.
“What Linde offered was good,” he said. “When you work for a large company there are more choices when considering your future. You can get different jobs within the same area or even move to different parts of the country.”
“You can start at Linde in a front line role as a filler or driver and if you are willing, there is no shortage of opportunities in the company. There will always be a chance to continue to learn and grow.”
Hilligas is a great example. He is now a plant manager in Macon, Georgia.
“Linde offers a future,” he added. “And they do their best to make sure it’s a safe future. This is definitely a positive safety culture. And if you want to be only a driver, that’s great because we deliver so many different products, medical and industrial. As a driver there are so many different roles to move into if you want a different challenge.”