Culture and Talent


Our more than 16,000 colleagues around the globe are united in a shared purpose: to solve water. Fostering workforce diversity and an inclusive culture provides a strategic advantage by bringing together unique skills, backgrounds and perspectives. 

Talent Attraction and Retention

Cultivating leadership and cultivating quality talent are strategic priorities at Xylem. To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning. Talent development at Xylem is grounded in our Connect.Perform.Grow (CPG) performance management approach. CPG creates an opportunity for our people managers and their direct reports to engage in regular and on-going dialogue throughout the year.

See our 2019 Sustainability Report for more.

Employee Engagement

Engagement begins by listening to our employees. Ninety percent of employees participated in our second Global Employee Engagement and Culture Survey in 2019, a five percent increase from 2017. This illustrates our employees have many insights to share as well as a desire to have their voices heard. The feedback we receive through these surveys is vital to our continuous improvement as a company.

2019 survey results revealed three key strengths:

  • Doing what is right. We continue to score high on questions about our commitment to providing employees a safe and healthy work environment and operating our business in an ethical manner, also adding high scores on inclusion and diversity. 
  • Building a culture of openness and continuous improvement. Employees feel that we foster an open environment, where they are comfortable speaking up and taking reasonable risks. This kind of culture is essential to fostering innovation, a core driver of our sustained growth. They also recognize our continued success in driving a continuous improvement mindset, a quality aligned with our strategic priorities.
  • Positive work environment, with opportunities to contribute to company goals. We continue to score high on employee satisfaction with their jobs and work environments and understanding how they contribute to the company goals.

Entry-Level Talent Recruitment Programs

We continue to build on our university relationships across the US through targeted recruitment, career fairs, technical talks and other partnership activities that include Watermark events. In 2019 we hired more than 80 summer interns (up from 50 in 2018) to work at several US facilities across all functions. We will continue to grow our university relationships moving forward, including finding ways to expand our Xylem Watermark activities on campus, and programs geared towards developing relationships with key universities in our European and Emerging Market regions.

University graduates are eager to work for companies that have a strong sense of purpose and mission, and Xylem’s ‘Let’s Solve Water’ ambition continues to be a powerful attraction for students. We are continuing to build a pipeline of purpose-driven early-in-career talent by engaging with university graduates early and often.

Learn more about entry-level programs at Xylem’s Careers website.

Leadership Development Programs

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity in all its forms allows us to compete more effectively around the world and drive exceptional customer satisfaction, innovation and company performance. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of the communities where we live and work, and the customers we serve.  We work to harness our expertise and cutting-edge technologies to help water operators and communities around the world address the growing water challenges they face.  And, we know the best way for us to achieve our aim and serve our stakeholders is to develop a world-class culture that taps into the power of diversity and inclusion.  

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