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Xylem Reviews

Updated April 26, 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 (1)

    "Corporate America"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xylem full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment and fun at times

    Cons

    No place to grow, there are no challenges

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Mediocre is the right word."

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in Rye Brook, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can coast along by being politically smart. Bonus is decent. RSU's are ok. Some people are truly nice and humble.

    Cons

    Political to the brim. If you're an A player who wants to make an impact, forget it. You'll spend more time kissing up to old colleagues who just wanna maintain status quo to get close to retirement. CIO is clueless. Internal technology stack desperately needs an overhaul. If you love committees, and bureaucracy. You'll fit right in.

    Advice to Management

    Move fast, take big risk or risk becoming irrelevant. Blow up the org structure. What value does a GC leader truly bring? They operate factories!!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not stable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    The culture of this company is very cooperative and team oriented, the job had good salary and benefits and i overall enjoyed my time there

    Cons

    There is frequent restructuring and RIF'ing whenever business slows down, and a lack of communication and organization can become very frustrating,


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Manufacturing Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Large company, it is relatively stable.

    Cons

    No investments are being made in new equipment, existing machines are worn and not holding tolerances. Maintenance department headcount is shrinking.
    Insurance benefits have been declining, cost and deductible has been increasing.

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Was good to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morton Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Xylem full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    back in the day was god company to work for

    Cons

    They outsourced everything and will be closing soon that is why I left

    Advice to Management

    Quit lying to people and say how things really are


  6. "Inside Sales Representative / Team Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in La Porte, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in La Porte, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xylem full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good team work and good comrodery built, good chain of command, and not bad pay.

    Cons

    The more you work, the more work they will pile on you; without paying you any more than originally. I thought it was supposed to work the other way around, but not at Xylem / Godwin Pumps. The good chain of command I mentioned above is great when EVERYONE is doing their part, but when it falls apart, it's like trying to manage a kindergarten class.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job. Don't let people influence or scare you who obviously don't have your best interest at heart. Great guy, but poisoned by bad opinions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate HR Employee"

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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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance. HQ shuts down between Christmas and New Year's. Summer Fridays.

    Cons

    Too many recent changes in leadership. Too many shifting initiatives and priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Narrow your focus and provide clear priorities and objectives and clearer path for advancement.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Decision makers are clueless"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are fair and competitive.

    Cons

    A lot of good changes have been made recently, but only due to local management. Offsite corporate management makes all the final decisions, even though most of them don't even understand what is manufactured in Dallas. Local management knows what needs to happen, but are unfortunately held back by corporate. The company will never truly reach its potential until this plant is taken seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and actually pay attention to what is going on. You are holding the entire company back by trying to "align" all plants under your "cookie cutter" plan. You need to understand and be flexible with company differences.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Too many chiefs, not enough braves."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Zachary, LA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Zachary, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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