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Updated December 31, 2017
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  • A company with many changes especially in the upper management (in 12 reviews)

  • At times the work / life balance can get a little skewed (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Low Morale at Work"

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Morton Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Morton Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is new work culture in Xylem Morton Grove. Young Managers pushes a lot of industry standard metrics very hard.

    Cons

    With outdated business systems and processes, it puts a lot stresses on the employees keeping up with metrics and goals.

    Advice to Management

    Have the systems and processes affected,fixed first in order to get the desire result.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Land of the walking dead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time

    Pros

    Strong products. Attracts some very talented people. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    The company has starved its departments to the bone - and then some. Burnout and failure to make employees feel valued is causing a severe brain drain of talent from once-leading brands. Riding existing market share but poorly investing in new products, innovation, or its employees - a failing long-term strategy. Severe absences of leadership and poor morale/culture. Near non-existent training for new employees in technical roles, which will cost the company down the line. Critical function gaps widespread due to attrition or eliminated positions. Salaries well below market rate for engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in and empower your people. Manage for long-term strength, not just the next month or quarter.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Engineering Leadership Program"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Morton Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Morton Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Xylem (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There's a lot to learn if you like HVAC and pumps. Lots of hands on experience especially in product development

    Cons

    Everyone one here acts old. The culture is very traditional, the morale is low, everyone hates meetings and talking to other people. My internship was very disorganized, and was given little direction on my project. I felt very isolated working here.

    Advice to Management

    My this place more of a team work


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Too many Chiefs"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Bridgeport, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative in Bridgeport, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The location is ideal with no delays in commute.

    Cons

    Hostile and negative environment . Unrealistic expectations and you are never fully compensated for the hours you truly work.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees . Create a positive less micromanaging environment.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Xylem full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with work schedule. Good People.

    Cons

    Pathetic insurance. Poor upper management. Too many "cons" to list.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing everything and requiring reports for everything. Let your people do their work.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being able to learn my job by taking the initiative myself not because management helped me.

    Cons

    Management gets real scared when you know more about the business than they do. You are in trouble then. If they feel you know more than they do and input your opinion, you are done.

    Advice to Management

    You are losing good people under the guise of whatever reason you can make up. One day you will figure out "who" is really doing the work. They keep people who can only get their work done if someone else is leading them by the hand and are too lazy to learn the basics.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were the best around.

    Cons

    Great job until they became independent of former corporation rules and regulations.
    Use experienced employees to teach new employees hired at a much lower rate of pay,
    then get rid of higher paid,experienced personnel. Save money and move to Mexico.

    Advice to Management

    show more concern for your general workers

  8. Helpful (6)

    "HQ Legal has a nepotism problem"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rye Brook, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time

    Pros

    If you can find a group to commiserate with, surviving HQ can be bearable as you will can joke what day they will finally fire you.

    Work-life balance is decent if you suck up enough to get it.

    Cons

    Benefits are lacking.
    Compensation is decent, but if you are truly skilled and knowledgeable, you can probably get paid more somewhere else.
    Raises are nothing and only match inflation.
    HQ Legal as a nepotism problem. You will never get noticed or promoted unless you play the suck-up game well. GC promoted someone WITH NO ETHICS OR COMPLIANCE EXPERIENCE into the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer role... because she had a friendship with him.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of stability and low morale in Legal has a lot to do with leadership.

    Also, Corporate Responsibility is a joke as they don't care about employees... only about compliance risks to the company


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Unstable work environment at Xylem Dewatering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are loyal to each other

    Cons

    Constantly unstable work environment, company leaders are focused on profits with no regard to employee satisfaction. Poorly trained managers, constantly changing policies that managers are free to interpret as they see fit and implement if it benefits them while other policies are ignored. Constant confusion concerning where the company line is drawn between Xylem & Xylem Dewatering. Mr. Decker should take a tighter rein on Dewatering's leadership.

    Advice to Management

    The employees feel they have no value. Hold your managers responsible consistently not just when their branch is falling below financial expectations. There is a reputation for favoritism and entitlement among upper management that creates discontentment in the workforce. There is a serious lack of honest communication from management.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Good pay, but no respect."

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    Former Employee - Union in Auburn, NY
    Former Employee - Union in Auburn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, benefits. The lighting on the assembly floors is adequate. The work areas aren't too cluttered.

    Cons

    Management has no respect for it's employees. Even if you've devoted your entire career to the company, they will show you the door at the drop of a hat. Then they will replace you with a youngster for less pay, even if they are barely qualified.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your heads out of your collective butts. Your employees are your most valuable assets. You should value them!


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