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Xylem Reviews

Updated June 19, 2014
Updated June 19, 2014
45 Reviews

3.0
45 Reviews
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  1.  

    I have a good working relationship with my co-workers

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    Former Employee - Accounting  in  Bridgeport, NJ
    Former Employee - Accounting in Bridgeport, NJ

    Pros

    Health benifits and the values of the company to make water safer for the people around the world

    Cons

    I can not think of any cons to working with this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management at Xylem Dewatering Solutions Inc. was always willing to help with any problems that may arise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Incredible opportunity for career growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    The work environment promotes a total team approach to daily business operations. Professional atmosphere with opportunity to learn, grow and contribute in a meaningful way.

    Cons

    There was not a downside or negative, to this work experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you are smart and technical

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    Excellent 401k, variety and type of customers you can work with, allows for fresh and creative ideas to drive growth. Upward mobility.
    Flexibility to make changes in staff to obtain the right candidates.
    Patrick Decker new CEO.

    Cons

    Slow pace of change, especially in respect to enterprise software, After the initial spin off the company it s still trying to find its footing. Restructuring was inevitable to weed out workers who were not technical enough, made too many mistakes, insubordinate, lazy....etc...There were some support staff that probably should have remained but didnt fit the organization moving forward. I would have kept those people and let them leave when they were ready.
    Some senior management are over their head and show depart. However, some new blood has emerged and its hopeful that good leadership will increase value for the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Updated the accounting software!!!!! Its terrible. Additional sales support at the local levels to assist in eleviating tasks for the salespeople. Compensate your people better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Everything is slow, resources limited

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  6.  

    Stay away from this dysfunctional company.The management team and HR dept. are s**m bags.

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Bridgeport, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Bridgeport, NJ

    Pros

    YOU DO NOT WANT TO WORK HERE

    Cons

    Tough place to work. You never feel safe there because there is so much turnover.Poor leadership, poor pay, poor advancement very misleading to say the least. Questionable practices. They have no respect for their employees. If I were you I would not waste my time trying to get in here because it is a huge waste of time and you will not advance here if your mother or father isn't working in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This advice is for White Plaines take a better look at your management and HR department at Bridgeport . I believe you are going to to have some major problems in the future if something isn't done. I SEE UNION COMING. If I were you I would clean house.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Behind the times and growing pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexiable schedule, excellent 401 k

    Cons

    lack of resources, process out of date, and upper management is lost and has no clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    EHS Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are no pros to being employed with this company.

    Cons

    Managers are Two-Faced Back stabbers and do not how to treat there employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management is Clueless

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer

    Pros

    Decent, 401k & health benefits.

    Cons

    Mirroring what others have said and as my title suggests "Management is Clueless". Specifically the management teams in White Plains and Charlotte, NC. Since the advent of the ITT/Xylem, the management teams have failed to successfully develop the three water and wastewater treatment companies. Over the past 10 years they have taken these successful companies and ran them in to the ground. Unfortunately this is another case of Wall Street ruining small successful companies. Management only appeases to the "Street" and have little to NO focus on the important things: customers, products and employees. In my opinion if you are in touch with your customers, employees, products you will be successful for your shareholders. Mid-level managers are not respected nor empowered in this organization. The upper management team shows little to no transparency, while mid-level managers are required to be 100% transparent in their day to day activities.

    Specific examples of failures:

    Recent "restructuring" (corporate lingo for layoffs) exudes the incompetence of the management team. For example they lay off performing employees, but continue to keep rewarding underperforming employees.. Yet another example of upper management not being in tune with day to day activities and operations.

    Meaningless positions are created to empower the top heavy management structure of the company. Upper management will not hesitate to downsize the frontline employees, while creating useless and undefined new positions to support the top heavy management structure.

    The current three treatment companies are ran by one management team. This team also oversees operations for one of these three companies. Unfortunately this one team is the underperforming group in both sales, margin and market expertise. So, why is it that this underperforming management team also oversees the other two companies? "Fox guarding the hen house"

    Yearly bonuses are a joke. Your bonus is NOT based on your performance, however it is based on metrics of the collective treatment companies. Unfortunately this bonus model causes very low morale and does not promote any incentive for going above and beyond.

    Yearly reviews are a joke. Upper management does not use the information in these yearly review to help develop an employee. In contrast these yearly reviews are simply a formality of being a part of a large corporation. Upper management always knows best and they will always remind you of that.

    Allowing unqualified, lawyers and accountants to source raw materials and fabrications for an engineered product. Unfortunately lawyers and accountants do not fully understand engineering, product design nor manufacturing processes. So, why would you let them source materials and choose manufacturing facilities for an engineered product?

    Human Resources should be referred to "Website Resources". Anytime a question is raised to an HR manager, the typical response is: "There's a website for that!". Gee thanks, that helped a lot! Put the Human back into Human Resources!

    Please look at all options when considering employment here. Initially everybody within upper management will be very nice, but after some time you will see their true colors. Be very cautious when interacting with upper management, as they will not think twice about throwing you under the bus. This company has a proven track record of loosing experienced and knowledgeable employees, while the underperforming employees cruise right up the corporate ladder. This is a recipe for disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your mid-level managers with tools and resources. Hire a new upper management team that actually understands your customers, products and employees. Less Wall Street, more focus on the important things. By focusing on the customers, products and employees, this will result in greater revenue and profits which will make your shareholders happy. STOP putting shareholders first!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A company with a lot of potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent rep sales organization. Good product portfolio and brand recognition. Global opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Rep sales organization has a stronger influence on the company than the management team. Lack of accountability in the work culture. Poor global vision. Management does not seem to have a good grip on how things get done and how the organization should be structured to do work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are not going to drive the organization, then hire good folks and get out of the way. Don't bite off more than you can chew. Understand your organizational limitations, work within its capability, and then focus on improving that capability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great company, big jobs with impact

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    there is plenty of opportunity here for those who are motivated and willing to dig in; water will be a hugely important industry for the country and the planet over the next several decades

    Cons

    overly process-oriented, can be slow; difficult to navigate the organization, some resistance to change. many pine for "the good old days" vs seeing out the new frontiers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enable employees to focus on what's really important and say no to the rest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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