I have been working at Xylem full-time
Training is continuous and beneficial to those looking to advance in areas of software, product knowledge, and internal processes. Great benefits, acceptable time off, room to advance.
Constant change in processes on multiple software packages; redundancy.
Advice to Management
Continue to be open to the employees and welcome advice.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Xylem (San Diego, CA).
Short novel ahead. I applied through their website and was contacted by a Xylem HR rep a week later. I then had a phone interview with someone who had a thick accent making it hard to understand their questions or read the tone of the conversation. I was immediately able to tell how bored he was since this was rehearsed for him. I was emailed the next day to set up an in-person at their nice Mira Mesa facility to interview with the lead engineer and a test engineer. If successful I would've lastly meet the manager.
During the interview I was hit with the same disinterested vibe from over the phone, now in-person. While on the post-interview tour I saw the depressed atmosphere of their Wednesday. It looked like a camp with every tech looking away from me as I passed, in part to focus but almost in disinterest. Usually being focused is a sign of dedication but the few times that our eyes met or I was introduced I felt that this place would be a black hole with the possibility of losing track of the year. I could be reaching but this last observation was solidified when I was asked word-for-word "How do we know you will work for this company for at least 10 years?" The average employee age may not give a clear indication of company culture or turnover but I can confidently say it isn't a go-to place for young engineers or those just looking for a modern work environment. On a tangent, apparently speaking Vietnamese could be beneficial due to roughly 60% of the names or people I saw were Vietnamese or speaking it. After the interview I left a thank you email and a follow-up voicemail around the time I was told I would receive the decision. They had no interest in maintaining an open line of discussion and I didn't know I didn't receive an offer until about two months after this.
Xylem/Sontek-YSI should try to be courteous to their prospective employees. Make sure the description actually matches the job since they tried switching around the description and title afterwards, changing it to a testing and manufacturing position. Unfortunately some of the other reviews show that I'm not alone in my disappoint. Xylem, it's not your responsibility to lay down interviewees easy but it's still your obligation to let them know that they've been let down.