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Xylem Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Management has respect for work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits: That's what I heard from employees - assembly line operators as well as office staff (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management pays zero attention to the local market (in 9 reviews)

  • At times the work / life balance can get a little skewed (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "HQ Legal has a nepotism problem"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good pay, but no respect."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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!

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Painful... boring... poor management... old"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Rye Brook, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively diverse upper management, although very male-oriented. Starting to see some women and racial diversity in the senior ranks.

    Cons

    List is endless...
    - company is scared to grow. At its heart, this is a pump company. Don't believe the "solving water" gimmick. They make pumps.
    - competition is slaughtering Xylem while management sits around and builds powerpoint slides. a lot of powerpoint.
    - location is brutal and there was zero sympathy for employees who had to commute 1.5-2 hours each way. Every office in every city was this way.
    - highly highly highly political. you'll need thick skin.
    - almost ZERO opportunity for growth - professionally and financially. zero career opportunities and bonuses were miserable.

    Advice to Management

    - resign (starting from the top GC presidents and corporate know-it-alls to senior middle management).
    - move offices + hire and promote some younger folks.
    - stop looking at the competition and start being the company that the "solving water" story would have you believe.
    - stop believing incremental change is good enough.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Planner/Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planner/Buyer in Morton Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Planner/Buyer in Morton Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Better than average pay, and many of the people are very friendly.

    Cons

    Management is the worst I have worked for in over 35 years of work. Very stressful
    unappreciative environment.

    Advice to Management

    Start to utilize the vast amount of knowledge and experience that you have in your employees to make better decisions from the beginning, rather than making very poor decisions that your staff will have to try and implement and live with down the road!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great place when in was ITT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Xylem (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people that have been there over 5 years, when it was ITT;

    Cons

    Benefits dwindled away since the split in 2011; pension was frozen, all of the policies were changed in order to benefit the upper management that have been there less than 5 years. Everyone works from home, on mondays & fridays from 10 -3pm..


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don't bother"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cash Applications Administrator in Waterloo, NY
    Former Employee - Cash Applications Administrator in Waterloo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Xylem (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some fellow employees are nice. The company tries to make it look like they care about their employees

    Cons

    Very clicky. If you don't fit in you won't get any help if you have questions. Very high turnover rate, low wages


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Managed Employees with Fear and Bullying"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had the week between Christmas Eve and New Years off, located off the freeway, flexible start and end working times

    Cons

    Manager managed wth fear, bullied his employees, benefits changed constantly, lead didn't back up employees to manager, lied to employees, promises not followed through, continuous layoffs and no growth opportunity

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Started out great but downhill slide"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time

    Pros

    Initially the company had a relaxed yet professional armosphere and personal initiative was encouraged. Employees were treated with respect and the job benefits were fantastic.

    Cons

    The company began to be laser focused on quarterly profits. Micromanaging became the norm with a push for more paperwork, more approvals for paper work, and faster completion times. Benefits were cut and the new CEO liked to say he could read a persons worth in three minutes and that is about all the time he would give. The company liked to push morals and values but only as a cya for legal. Bean counters run the show and the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing.

    Advice to Management

    The national managers, CEO, and the like need to be more in touch with employees and really listen to concerns and/or ideas presented. The atmosphere is soley profit oriented and CYA has a life of its own and needs to be culled.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Vice President"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rye Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rye Brook, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative team. Employees care about their work and strive to do the best that they can. Work is varied and challenging.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership Team lacks direction and is not transparent. The team does not seem to work well together (albeit rather lost of new members). Employees are no longer engaged and SLT does not seem to notice or care.

    Advice to Management

    Please share better information on direction of the company with employees, calls led by SLT are a joke and useless. Spend real time with teams sharing real feedback and insight into strategy.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Company in search of its footing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good quality product and brand identity. Ahead of competition in terms of product innovation and design efficiency. Some really dedicated and sharp people work here. Lots of opportunity to make an impact if you can get traction.

    Cons

    Sizeable turnover in last 4 years across many departments has created talent/skills vacuum. Several key middle and upper management roles have changed hands and this has led to inconsistent goals and priorities. Company is painfully slow to backfill any vacated position and this impacts morale. Dysfunctional S&OP process due to lack of executive sponsorship.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to grow the business, get real about investing in people, processes and systems.


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