Rain Bird
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www.rainbird.com Azusa, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Avoid the frustration, stay away, terrible culture.

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Rain Bird

ProsGood products. Good associates at RB. You will develop a "We are all in this together" approach with your peers; conversations will be about moving on and how the job search is progressing. You will develop a great network of friends as Rain Bird hires and fires randomly. Many move on to more fulfilling jobs. Your contacts and friends from your time at Rain Bird will prove invaluable in the future.

ConsListless company with no vision/message from ownership. Management struggles to deal with owner as they try to implement strategy. Culture is a disaster, management by fear carries the day. Office is depressing with everyone fearful of a pink slip.

The market looks at Rain Bird as a company that can't seem to get it's act together with sales people, product managers, and engineers coming and going each year. Independent distribution is tired of the endless parade of new sales people who last less than two years in the position, and have no industry experience, while the competition has a sales force that has a staff of reps that on average have been with them for more than a decade.

The Rain Bird strategy over the last few years has been to lower pricing of key product catagories in an effort to drive the competiton out of the business. The result has been shrinking margins for the distributors and less profitabilty for every one.

Corrective action review process at Rain Bird is a total disaster with indescriminate choosing of people who do not "measure up". Once chosen by the directors to be placed on "corrective action" , middle managers will create issues with their reports which have very little to do with reality or the contributions the individual makes to advance sales. As a result, it leaves you with little respect for them. They are a weak lot generally, selling out their direct reports on the direction of incompetent directors. They are biding their time, padding their resumes hoping to leave soon. The good managers/leaders who really care about their employees leave quickly as they will not be a part of the disfunctional negative system and culture. If they stay and try to support their targeted employees, they too find themselves on corrective action.

Company alienates independent distribution network, always promoting their strategy to "go direct to end user" while competitors reap the benefits of partnering with distributors and getting the most out of them to advance their sales. As a result the competition has an incredible advantage in the marketplace. Distribution recommending competitive products over Rain Bird goods is common throughout the domestic market at most distributor branch locations .

As others have written before me, do your research, contact past and present employees. Contact distribution and you will find that it is a troubled organization confirming the consistant negative reviews this company receives on Glass Door.

Advice to Senior ManagementI do not have any advice for management as they are a hopeless bunch at Rain Bird. Many are looking for other opportunities outside of the organization, and are merely trying to navigate through the disfunctional system until they find other employment. To those core employees at the director and management level who manage to thrive and survive, they know how bad the culture is and are just going along for the ride.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Do NOT even consider working here !

Purchasing (Current Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I have been working at Rain Bird


Pros: Tucson, az area employer, tucson is a nice place to live and raise a… Cons: NO respect for the individual Obusive personnel practices Hiring practices and promises very… Advice to Senior Management: Change before it is too late No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Associate Product Manager (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Rain Bird


Pros: It is a great product and your fellow employees are usually of a very good… Cons: At this point you've probably read all the posts on here that are negative. I'll share that I was actually an employees much longer… Advice to Senior Management: Guys, for 10 years or more it has been time for Tony to step aside, and do it without shame. Take pride in what… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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