Xylem

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Xylem Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
47 Reviews
3.0
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    The ‘Right’ Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer
    Current Employee - Buyer

    I have been working at Xylem full-time

    Pros

    The core businesses are in business sectors that are relatively stable and should be around for the long run.

    Cons

    Many of the managers are hired from outside sources and as such the business practices and methodologies are in a constant state of flux. Another problem this creates is a lack of understanding by managers of the daily realities of the job undertaken by the lower and mid level employees. These employees often spend more time reporting on their job than they actually spend getting to do their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When hiring managers, give more weight to applicants that have experience in the same business sector when not hiring internally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Too many chiefs, not enough braves.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Xylem full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady, varying work. Good benefits package including tuition reimbursement and career development. A high degree of industry leading technology at your disposal. Highly technical business to become involved with.

    Cons

    Opportunities to advance are drying up. When it used to be a part of ITT, you got out of it what you put in. Now that it is a pure water play company with new Senior Executives, share holder wishes take precedence and profit is the only goal. Greedily jumped at the "Emerging Markets" without any notion of what obstacles lay ahead. Ethics become blurred when dealing in the Emerging Market arena. Organization has become top-heavy to the tune of 60% greater work force than before--mostly new management and "idea guy" positions. The increase in employees has NOT resulted in increased business or market share. Company has only grown inorganically through acquisition of other water industry companies. Twice the amount of revenue used to be achieved with about half of the current work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop throwing away the old guard of experienced (usually 30+ years) technically adept workers. Stop falling for the sales pitch of millennials who have oversold their resume. Invest in the already present employees who have shown initiative and quit wishing that some "perfect candidate" will just show up on our doorstep. Be more judicious about trying something "new" just for the sake of it being "new." Educate everyone on the fundamental aspects of their duties rather than how it specifically applies to a single task. Find a sales force with at least a basic understanding of the technical aspects of the product--not just know: "ours is better than the competitor." Stop tracking data that will provide no benefit once analyzed; further more properly quantify--not qualify--the data collected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Everything is slow, resources limited

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xylem

    Pros

    Great benefits but costs have increased this year so it's gotten expensive

    Cons

    Most major decisions require several approvals and can take months implement. I've seen a lot of turnover in the last couple of years and the process for replacing these roles takes so long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Could be a great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xylem full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local low and mid level leadership is good

    Cons

    Higher up local and corporate leadership lack luster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend capital on proven projects

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Everything was fine until the new facility manager and engineering supervisor came on board.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Zachary, LA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Zachary, LA

    I worked at Xylem full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good leadership in the corporate management levels but not in the individual service centers; Laid-back work environment (good if you like it, I don't)

    Cons

    ITT = It Takes Time; Slow response to everything even my exit interview; Not very motivating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring those incompetent site managers or supervisors. If you really have to, then at least train them to make sure their goals and directions are in-line with the corporate management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A good company that is putting the future at risk for short term profit improvment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL

    I worked at Xylem

    Pros

    ITT Fluid Technology serves broad markets with a broad product line - pumps for water. The company has been successful over the years and has well known brands, good market share and strong distribution partners. The company is working on many of the right things, e.g. improving customer service, reducing costs, getting more done in new product development, etc.

    Cons

    The company has a history of great brands, but is now living off of the legacy. Not enough investment in new product development and customer service puts the future of the business at risk. I am afraid that someone in the future will look back and wonder how the company lost its market position. The focus on increased profits is driving innovation and customer service out of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great brands need great support in all phases of the organization. The intense focus on profit improvement is driving intense actions on cost redutions that are putting the future of the company at risk. Put some confidence in your people, give them some support, and let them be successful. New hires are not always better than encumbents.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work especially for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xylem full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working culture , You can learn a lot here & good chance to have direct communication with leadership team. As a Black Belt i learn a lot in last 3 years & developed good network globally in the company

    Cons

    Long approval process , Long term vision is missing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to take strong steps to improve financial condition of company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Business, lots of changes coming up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager

    I have been working at Xylem full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Water business is in great development around the world

    Cons

    Low development opportunities, uncertainty in the future of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job you've been doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    puts food on the table

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xylem

    Pros

    not alot of pressure becuse most of the time they dont know what your doing

    Cons

    only thing that matters is profits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove your head out of your collective asses

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall a decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xylem

    Pros

    health benefit package was adequate

    Cons

    Lack of promotion from within company

    No opinion of CEO

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