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Helpful (2)

odd culture

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Current Employee - Operations Manager
Current Employee - Operations Manager

I have been working at Rain Bird

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

you become involved in the irrigation industry. the product is rewarding and improves the lifestyle of people by improving the use of water. People are typically friendly and willing to help

Cons

forced ranking system is a morale reducer. the fear of being ranked low in compared to your peers is always present. The culture that is preached is almost cult like in nature and this creates a stagnation in innovation and slow product development improvement.

Advice to Management

think out of the box more often and take more risks

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Steer clear of Rain Bird if you are searching for career growth opportunities!

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    Former Employee - Engineering Group Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Group Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers in general are great people ---- lots of teamwork among the engineers.

    Cons

    All the reasons posted in other reviews are relevant here! "Accountability Without Authority" should be the company slogan. Employee empowerment is non-existent. The bonus structure is intentionally rigged to guarantee that an employee cannot meet their goals that would trigger actually receiving a bonus. Most of the manufacturing is done in Mexico, and engineers are expected to spend lots of time down at the plants there making sure that production is actually taking place. There is no such thing as a "Production Engineer" at Rain Bird ---- it is expected that a design engineer will manage the production team.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback is futile ---- Senior Management is not interested in feedback. They are only interested in making sure they are not targeted for execution by Tony LaFetra.

  2. Helpful (15)

    CONSTANT TURNOVER! CONSTANT CRITICISM! ZERO EMPLOYEE LOYALTY, CHEWS PEOPLE UP & SPLITS THEM OUT. NOT A HAPPY PLACE!

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Salary
    - There are always openings!
    - You live in the land of harsh winters and job despair and want a way out
    - No other choice- bad economy!
    - There are always openings!
    - You are a sadomasochist

    Cons

    There are so many that you should think twice before coming to work at Rain Bird.
    - Poor benefits in comparison to others in the industry hiring similar high caliber employee
    - Unrealistic expectations levied on the backs of understaffed job functions and overworked employees
    - Subjective nature of feedback is always a moving target
    - No one has empowerment other than Tony, only a false sense power
    - Crazy penny pinching approach to the smallest items, i.e non reimbursement of .50 charge airline miles charges on rental cars, poor man's hotels, no corporate credit card - use your own for company business but no reimbursement of finance charges.
    - Business operates as a cash cow commodity business but packages itself and a market leader
    - Little to no concern as to employee job satisfaction, or empowerment.
    - No formalized training programs, only a sink or swim concept with weighted boots.
    - They tout they hire the brightest and best.... what they don' t tell you is most level with the first 2 years.
       Many superior individuals have walked through these doors and back out again.
    - Highest rate of turmoil and turn over I have ever seen in 18 years of corporate experience estimate
      somewhere around 70% in less than 2 years.
    - Company hides behind Rain Bird culture to explain away turn over, and poor treatment of employees. - No work life balance just work, little recognition, management focuses more on criticism and fault finding to motivate workers
    - Work under constant pressure of not knowing if you'll get laid off, fired, demoted or you job will be moved to Mexico.
    - No communication of vision from owner at the worker levels, divisions are encouraged to stove pipe information. C
    - Cooperative resource leveraging and thought leadership between division is discouraged.
    - Paranoid view of employees and information access many times getting in the way of your ability to perform you job functions, intently set on not letting anyone figure out the big picture.
    - Constant turmoil of new folks coming and going, no systematic approaches to job functions, management unaware staff job requirements, driven more on senior bonus programs.
    - Goals are not common among the group, cooperation is poor as everyone marching to different drummers.
    - Company puts out org chart only to the senior staff everyone else is kept in the dark all is word of mouth, making coordinating the simplest tasks very difficult in a timely manner.
    - Senior management and HR high turnover as well, come naively thinking they can make a difference and leave discouraged at the lack of empowerment to make change.
    - Owner does not even use a computer, old school, admin prints out email, email responses are written out and admin puts it back in.
    -Computer systems outdated, software packages cumbersome and dated, revision plans moving target

    Advice to Management

    Lots of study on well managed companies.
    Empowerment, Empowerment, Empowerment!
    Invest in your employees as invaluable assets, appreciate there accomplishments, staff adequately!
    Stop the constant negativity and criticism, encourage and empower calculated risk taking.
    Delegate authority down the chain, stop the cons of silence and the subjectivity.
    Make the Rain Bird Culture mean something other than an excuse for poor corporate behavior and mismanagement of employees.
    Tony should communicate in open forums, take the time to listen while encouraging a non-retribution open and frank discussions.
    If you hire the brains, the skills... the best and don't let them contribute to the levels they can it is a waste to hire at these levels. Consider your employees as stakeholders in the companies success!
    PEOPLE Not Cattle, PEOPLE not inanimate objects, PEOPLE with much to give --LISTEN!
    RAIN BIRD HAS POTENTIAL FOR GREATNESS, BUT NOT THE WILL.

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