At Xylem, cultivating quality talent and leadership globally is a top strategic priority. Our commitment to fostering a diverse workforce across the organization makes this possible. We’re focused on creating a connected, equitable and inclusive culture where everyone – regardless of their background, orientation, or beliefs – can be their authentic selves and be empowered to do their best work.
We know that supporting our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning equally advances our organization’s strength, creativity and capability. From attraction and recruitment to retaining talent for the long term, we are creating a meaningful and inclusive employee experience across the talent life cycle.
“Our diverse global team is united in one mission: to help our customers serve their communities’ water and resource needs, and address the world’s greatest water challenges. Every day, we harness technology, creativity, empathy, passion and partnerships to innovate, to be better stewards of the environment, and to lift up communities around the world. Learn about my colleagues' stories and join us in our quest to create a water-secure world for all."
-Claudia Toussaint, SVP, Chief Human Resources and Sustainability Officer
Meet some of our employees who are in various stages of their career with Xylem. Learn what attracted them, why they chose to grow their careers with Xylem, and why they are so passionate about what we do every day for our customers and stakeholders – and proud to be part of the Xylem team.
Location: Yellow Springs, OH
Joined Xylem 2023
Xylem’s work in helping solve the word’s water challenges and advance sustainability – attracts top-tier talent from around the globe who are inspired by the opportunity to work for purpose-driven company. We asked one of our recent new hires about why she chose Xylem.
3 Words to describe Xylem’s culture
Inclusive | Accommodating | Welcoming
You recently joined Xylem, what makes you excited about joining the Xylem team?
I love working with the team and I feel like I am part of a family environment. Xylem in Yellow Springs, OH is a part of a big company, but has a small company feel. I look forward to coming to work every day.
With your experience so far, how would you describe the company to other new hires/candidates?
We have a great working environment that is welcoming and feels like a family. Come in as your best self and be willing to learn, and you’ll fit in great!
SHEQ Manager Africa
Location: Johannesburg South Africa
Joined Xylem: Aug 2022
Xylem is committed to providing a rich on-boarding experience for our new employees, and we are continually looking for ways to improve. We ensure that each new hire is assigned a ‘Welcome Leader,’ which is the person who a new hire can reach out to, and who can help them to navigate the entire organization. In addition, every month, we conduct a survey with our new hires to understand what went well with their onboarding and where we can make improvements. Read below about one of our newer employee’s onboarding experience.
3 words that describe Xylem culture:
Dynamism | Innovation | Talent
How did your team best support your onboarding experience?
Upon resumption of my duties, there was a team of professionals waiting for me to provide guidance in all areas of the business, including Human Recourses, Operations and IT. Important resources that assist one to navigate a new workplace better - such as a cell phone and laptop computer - were issued to me on the first day by the IT team. My local Manager helped to see that the induction program drafted for me by the HR team was adequately followed, and my Director for Emerging Markets flew all the way from Dubai to Africa to make me feel welcomed.
What was the best part about your Onboarding?
I got to know everything I needed to know about the business in the first week, and that was really impressive! The induction program was well structure so when I was midway through the program, I immediately knew what and where the business loss exposure areas were, and I immediately prepared my plans and put all my attention into that space.
Program: Operations Leadership Development Program (OLDP)
Location: Lubbock, (1st Rotation), Auburn, NY (2nd Rotation), Charlotte, NC (3rd Rotation)
Joined Xylem: 2020
Xylem is continuing to build a strong pipeline of passionate young water leaders through our early-in-career rotational programs. These recent graduates are given opportunities to explore various areas of Xylem. We asked one of our early-in-career rotational program participants about her experience.
3 Words to describe Xylem’s culture
Collaborative | Fast Paced | Adaptable
How did your recruitment process play into your decision on your offer acceptance?
My recruitment process connected me with all levels of leadership within Xylem, and I had the opportunity to experience a supportive and fast-paced work environment Xylem offers. I was also very impressed by Xylem’s commitment to philanthropy through our Xylem Watermark corporate social responsibility program. At Penn State, I held leadership positions in THON, which is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. I was excited to continue my love for philanthropy as a Xylem employee. Our mission of solving water is simply incredible. I could not imagine working for a different company or industry by the end of my recruitment.
How did your recruitment process with Xylem differ from other companies you were interviewing with?
Xylem’s recruitment process was very transparent from the start. I found the OLDP on LinkedIn and had a chance to be interviewed. I had two other competitive offers besides the one with Xylem, and my HR contact helped to expedite the interview process. Every interaction I had with a Xylem employee through the recruitment process was different and conversational. It really felt personal - they wanted to get to know me as much as I wanted to learn about them. I was impressed by Xylem’s commitment to recruit talent during the pandemic.
VP Product Management & Engineering – Water Infrastructure
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Joined Xylem: 2006
One of Xylem’s strategic pillars is “Cultivating leadership and talent development.” We are committed to the ongoing development of our employees through training, on the job experiences and relationship. Our development programs can play a vital role in our employee’s development. Below, read about the experience of one of our employees, who is an alumni of our Executive Development Program.
3 Words to describe Xylem’s culture
Caring | Passionate| Innovative
How did the Executive Development Program (EDP) prepared you for your current role?
The EDP helped me create a network of colleagues from around the world whom I learnt from both personally and professionally. To this day I still reach out to for help, advice and support from them. The program also helped me to better understand how my leadership is perceived by others and how best to adapt this to help my colleagues and Xylem.
What did you like best about the program?
I liked meeting my colleagues from different parts of the world. They all have different experiences and cultures, which enriched my experience. My other favorite part of the program was the one-on-one professional coaching that I received. I was able to take what I learned in the program and from my coach, and experiment with new ways of leading. The entire experience really helped me to grow and develop as an enterprise leader.
Regional Director, Americas Commercial Team
Location: Pompano Beach, Florida
Joined Xylem: 2013
Xylem Employee Network Groups connect and engage employees across the company to exchange ideas, gain valuable skills, and share resources. These internal, self-governed groups enhance professional development, enrich company culture, and support business strategies in the areas of recruitment, retention, community involvement, and customer relationships. Collectively, more than 3,500 employees actively participate as members of our eight networks. Below, read about the experience of one of our employees, who is a co-leader of our Maji Employee Network Group.
Three words to describe Xylem’s culture:
Evolving, Driven, Committed
Why do you believe it’s so important for Xylem to have employee networks?
People are looking for familiarity of life experiences beyond work experiences and the ENGs provide a space to find people of common interests and backgrounds.
What is your vision for Xylem’s Maji Employee Network Group?
Full engagement within the three pillars of the network.
Corporate Accountability: Share organizational development strategies. Track and regularly report on diversity metrics.
Community Engagement: [External] Pursue group volunteer opportunities that impact disadvantaged communities and/or tackle issues of environmental racism. [Internal] Regular meetings/listening sessions with colleagues, including non-wired.
General Awareness & Socialization: Share articles, links and other resources on topical issues, as well as engage in guided discussions to learn from on another. Coordinate social events to promote sense of belonging and for networking opportunities.
Marketing Director – China & North Asia Region
Location: Shanghai, China
Joined Xylem: 2007
As our organization has continued to evolve, we have seen exceptional talent grow and develop, taking on different and larger roles. These employees are extremely experienced and knowledgeable in their different functions, are very passionate about Xylem’s mission and proudly represent the company. Read below about one of our leaders who has dedicated over 10 years of her career to Xylem.
3 Words to describe Xylem’s culture
Respect | Diversity | Inclusiveness
Why is Xylem an amazing company to work for?
Xylem has an incredible mission. The company tackles one of the biggest problems our world is facing – solving water. We set out to solve this issue with our leading technology at affordable prices. If you are interested in shaping the next generation of technologies that advance sustainability, come join our team.
How have you seen Xylem grow as a company during your time?
In the beginning, Xylem specialized as a traditional pump and equipment manufacturing company. I have seen it grow into a leading technology company that’s helping drive the digital transformation of water. We’re also focused on advancing diversity and inclusion, which we know is a catalyst for creative new approaches. I had the pleasure of personally seeing Xylem grow and evolve over the years through the previous roles I held, especially in Continuous Improvement before transitioning to the Marketing Director for the North Asia Region.