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Dissapointed in where Rain Bird is today!

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Former Employee - District Manager  in  Dallas, TX
Former Employee - District Manager in Dallas, TX

I worked at Rain Bird

Pros

Rain Bird used to have a great Sales and Marketing staff that led the industry in Service to their Customers. Then they started the "MBA requirement" and started hiring almost exclusively from outside the industry. This was the beginning of the slide that today compaired to then has resulted in many comments to me from the industry reguarding the lack of or poor Customer Service.

Cons

I left Rain Bird because I got tired of waiting for them to act on an obvious need in the Market Place that still exists today and for the insentives being put further and further out of reach after having another very successful year of gaining Market Share.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It's to late for this, They didn't listen then so why would I waste my time trying now!

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Senior Management out of touch with the customer/market needs....

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are ok. It is nice to have a job in a down economy. Rain Bird is a recognized company name for the resume. Interesting but extremely challenging job. Rain Bird hires some very talented people that are great to work with!

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Employee turnover is out of control. 200 to 300% turnover in Turf Marketing Group in last few years. Rain Bird spends months hiring very talented people and then forces 90% out in a year or so. Employee moral is in the basement. Everyone is either looking for a new job or waiting for the ax to drop. Older employees with irrigation knowledge (especially in sales) are forced out and they are replaced with MBA's with no irrigation knowledge or experience. The MBA's get frustrated when the do not receive the fast advancement they were promised when they interviewed. Senior Management is out of touch with the needs of the customer and the marketplace. They control and micromanage everything making even the smallest decision but blame and fire the employees when the plan fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and talk to the customers. Find out what your customers want. Start measuring customer satisfaction. you will be shocked at how bad it is. It is not all about the percent of product returns and product quality. Get feedback from your employees that are in contact with the customers daily. They can help you if you let them. Do something about the employee turnover especially those employees with irrigation experience. Turnover is killing your company. Empower your employees to turn things around before it is too late!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Disaster in the making

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    Current Employee - Worker  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Worker in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    It's a job, with lots of frustration but it does pay

    Cons

    frustration and watching the incompetent management in action,
    It is a perfect model from the Book "The Peter Principal"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You exceeded your level of incompentance, and the historians will use you as an example for "How not to treat people as well as How to run a Business into the ground !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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