I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Rain Bird in June 2012.
Interview Details –
Face to face with the manager was fine.
It was the company policies that raised eyebrows. Metal detectors and briefcase searches on the way in and out... Holy intrusiveness: Hair follicle drug test... What the heck for? This company makes sprinklers, not missiles. Declined just on the principle of privacy. Also heard from from employees of episodes such as the company hiring private investigators to trail employees.
Interview Question – You will need to submit to a hair follicle drug screen, are you okay with that? View Answers (2)
Reason for Declining – Privacy... there is no reason why some employer should ask for a hair follicle drug test if the position is not sensitive.
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Rain Bird in June 2012.
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I was contacted and interviewed by a corporate recruiter.
I had a first round interview with the Senior Product Manager over the phone, and was invited to Tucson to meet with the Marketing Manager, SBU director, and a fellow product manager.
Job offer came pretty quick with two weeks to decide.
The place gave me a strange feeling from the beginning. Way too serious for a company that makes plastic tubing and valves. The metal detector and bag inspection at the front desk raised a red flag. I used to work for a high tech communications company and we had less security at the front desk.
Interview Question – What would be your goals for the first 90 days? View Answer
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I was between jobs, the offer was fair so I didn't negotiate.
I should have pushed for more vacation.
Very Easy Interview
The process took 3 days - interviewed at Rain Bird in May 2012.
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Just Bizzare - Stood Up at the Interview
I submitted a resume to Rain Bird back in 2007. Apparently it was still on file. This May (2012) I recieved a call from an internal recruiter at Rain Bird. He found my old resume and passed it on to the director of the business unit. She wanted to interview me. He was calling to see if I had interest, sent me the job description etc. etc. All normal stuff.
Over the course of a couple of phone calls we set up a time for a phone interview. The time comes and passes. I have now contacted the company via email and phone...yes, the people do work there. No answer. The lack of professionalism is amazing. It sure fits with everything people have written. Wow.
Interview Question – When I asked the HR manager the name of the market manager I would be interviewing with. View Answer
I applied through other source and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Rain Bird in March 2012.
Interview Details – I was prepped to discuss working people out of the org and sure enough we spent a fair amount of time on that topic. Bizarre to be honest. Most other orgs are much more focused on how one grows the business.
Interview Question – Tell me about your experience dealing with underperforming employees Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Rain Bird in January 2012.
Interview Details – I first received a phone call a few months after I applied online. The phone call was brief and described the open position. I then had a face to face interview with the hiring manager. I received a long description of what it’s like to work in a call center, what to expect and how to succeed. After that interview I was able to talk with a few other managers’ one on one so they could get an opinion on me. There was a second interview where I was able to accept the offer and sign some paper work.
The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Rain Bird in January 2012.
Interview Details – The interview process was a little unusual. Because the company is private nearly all of the information you might typically ask about various divisions, number of employees, etc. were either not answered or could not be answered by even senior management. Perhaps one of the most unusual things I learned was that at least 30% of their staff was "on notice" AT ALLL TIMES. They feel that this type of management is most effective. Furthermore, because of the secrecy, they embrace channel conflict and appear to do nothing to enpower synergies.
Interview Question – How would you feel if you were 100% of plan and put on notice? View Answers (4)
The process took 2 months - interviewed at Rain Bird in October 2011.
Interview Details – Interviews consisted of hiring manager, national manager, and vice president. Rain Bird pays all expenses for the travel and tries to be considerate of those individuals who are currently working in another position although it becomes cumbersome to take multiple hours/ days away from your current position to go through the entire interview process.
Reason for Declining – Was not a good fit at this time................
The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Rain Bird in August 2010.
Interview Details – Initial screening by the recruiter--phone interview with recruiter--phone interview with the hiring manager--1:1 with the hiring manager
Interview Question – "Walk me through your resume" View Answers (2)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Rain Bird in February 2010.
Interview Details – Hour long phone interview followed up by an interview at the company. Interviewed one on one with various member of the engineering department and the group manager. About a six hour process. Asked about background, skills, how I'd fit with the company. Manager was stiff any very business focused - company culture did not look like much fun. Everyone but managers in cubicles, place was silent and nobody seemed to interact, and the front door had no receptionist but a guard and metal detector.
Interview Question – If I gave you a new product concept to design and take to manufacture, what steps would you take to accomplish that? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Rain Bird in January 2010.
Interview Details –
1. Phone interview screening
2. Second phone interview with hiring manager.
3. Face to Face interview with 8 different people on site.
4. Tour of facility.
5. Offer, 2 weeks to decide
6. Drug testing, college screening, background check.
They want management background however if you don't fir the rainbird why you won't fit in and or be considered.
Interview Question – How do you handle rejection from upper management on ideas you present. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation was allowed, basically was presented as best offer being made.
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