Rain Bird

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Rain Bird Reviews in Arizona

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1.3 124 reviews

4% Approve of the CEO

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Anthony LaFetra

(109 ratings)

3% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The base pay is good with an acceptable incentive plan (in 14 reviews)

  • Rain Bird makes a quality product and has the potential to be a truly great company (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management Staff is completely disconnected from reality (in 31 reviews)

  • Left behind are inexperienced rookies following orders given by the inept Sr staff and upper management (in 14 reviews)

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    Great company, with great people, good management

    Test Engineer (Former Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsBoth my managers were really great. They really believed in my abilities therefore they let me do my thing and interfere only when I asked help and I loved the job which was more of engineering problem solving type job.

    ConsVery difficult to get a full time job position. Most of the people work at temporary position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flat corporate structure, engineering-driven, competitive

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsGood benefits and compensation.

    Flexible work hours and personal time.

    Opportunity to design commercial products from concept to customer.

    Many very good engineers on the team.

    Have read several complaints about succession planning causing problems. I've never experienced ANY pressure to release a team member because they didn't pan out as a manager. Corporate guidelines SPECIFICALLY provide recognition and advancement separate from "management" so I'd strongly resist any pressure if it came. Technical, non-mangement positions up to principal scientist are available (and really exist in the building).

    Strong emphasis on quality. Willingness to sacrifice budget for schedule.

    Opportunity to visit customers, understand needs and wants, design products to fit.

    ConsEmployees are "ranked" against other group members which increases competition.

    Communication between business areas can be difficult. Concerted effort is needed to break "silos".

    Production distributed across several facilities in multiple countries can increase effort during release of new products.

    Vacation benefit based on *Rain Bird service*, rather than previous job benefits. If you presently get 5 weeks of vacation, RB does not match when you join.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunities

    Manager (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

    Proslots of challenges and opportunities to grow

    Consheavy workload; unhappy former employees cast a shadow

    Advice to Senior Managementaddress glass door

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good but could be much better

    Director Mm Srpm Pm Dsr Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsThe pay is good and so are the people.

    ConsCommunication between divisions is lacking. There seems to be some redundancy in projects. Too much turn over in product managers and engineers. The lack of continuity will ultimately hurt the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll need to get to know the people they manage and get a better understanding of the buiness unit they manage. Also look to the future in your thinking and not so much short term. The directors should attend each others planning meeting so they all are on tyhe same page and not having conflicting goals or strategies.

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    Not for the needy

    Cube Person (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsIndustry leader, excellent product quality. Rain Bird offers a very competitive salary and benefits package and a great 401K plan. We are given the freedom to solve customer problems and provide good solutions to needs in the field.

    ConsWe sometimes don't respond to the market as quickly as we should. We have been an industry leader but are losing that reputation. The turn over of product manager staff has hurt our ability to introduce products that are innovative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet into the field more to see what the market is doing. We would be more competitive if our product offering was meeting the market's needs. We seem to be playing catch-up all the time.

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    Great company except for the turnover.

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsGreat people - very capable employees. Great opportunity for advancement for those who rise to challenges and deliver results. Clear priorities and goals. The industry has great growth prospects.

    ConsHigh employeee turnover needs to be addressed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to reduce turnover and improve morale. This company could be great if it solved those problems.

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    A challenging -- some good, some not so good -- place to work.

    Associate Product Manager. (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsCommitment to product quality. The talented people one gets to interact with. Company is on cutting edge of the category's emerging technologies.

    ConsClueless HR department. Yes... turnover IS a problem! How can a company have continuity if there is a revolving door for the professional staffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate goals, objectives and priorities. Create opportunites for open and honest feedback. Remove fear that the messenger of the honest message will be shot. Staff HR leadership with professionals who can work with functional areas to address the real issues facing line managers.

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    The good aspects of this company need to be very important for you to consider Rain Bird.

    Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsProud of the irrigation industry; good products and an emphasis on high quality; Very competitive compensation; overall scale of the products allows an individual to have a big impact

    ConsMediocre benefits package is offset with higher than average pay; generally no flexibility for work schedules; high turnover in some key areas makes continuity of projects difficult

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlace more value in your employees by providing better benefits and flexibility; why spend thousands for relocation if employees won't stick around more than a year or two. Spend that same money on your existing employees to get them to stay and provide better feedback on glassdoor.com.

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    Culture of turnover hurts Rain Bird

    District Manager (Former Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsThe company is the Irrigation leader in the industry. They have great products, great manufacturing. Typically, they care about the customer and want to provide the best. The type of sales work and being able to work with the end-user made it a great career.

    ConsThere was way too much turnover. In last 5 years with the current sales manager, 100% of the outside sales force has turned over. There is no way that should be happening. Current manager is not liked by just about everyone and has a lousy reputation with customers. Experience doesn't count anymore. Fear factor of losing job is affecting employees. Reputation of company is hurt because of this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow people to work and succeed. Get away from the practice of ranking groups and forcing out the bottom. Change the culture of turnover to one of loyalty, it might go both ways then.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    opportunity and good people, but if you don't fit in the culture be careful.

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

    Prosopportunity for a challenge, pay, quality of people, stable work enviroment. Willingness to spend money when justified.

    ConsToo much turnover and constently changing directions. Life is about cost reduction...little true development. Always second best in the market...seems like we are always chasing after the competition. Limited marketing and quality support. Be prepared to travel to Mexico often. May not have engineering in US in the future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a lot of turnover. If you are not a fit, be aware that people are moved out quickly...do not make a commitment too soon. There are oppurtunities and the people are typically very talented but can become discouraged if senior management is not paying attention.

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