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3 people found this helpful  

OK, but the people are great!

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

Pros

- Pays well, especially in the Tucson market
- If you get the right manager, your career with Rain Bird can be great.

Cons

- Bad decision making by senior management
- Overworked with unfair benefits (especially vacation time)
- Poor processes in place to provide wise decision making
- Strategy does not exist - everything is shoot from the hip

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Some senior staff members create a culture of fear with no opportunities for improvement or change. Working in these groups creates a bad atmophere.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    STAY AWAAAAAAAY!

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    Current Employee - Unimportant  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Unimportant in Tucson, AZ

    Pros

    Tucson is a beautiful town
    Really great people as your peers, just great.
    Since they're always firing, they're always hiring too. You can get a paycheck for about 2 years

    Cons

    Management is poor. They are immature, inept, timid, deceitful and cruel towards people. It is a top-down, micro managed company. Le Fetra runs it like a prison, and his directors are the bully guards. You learn to shut up and avert your eyes or you get pulled out of line and beaten, (figuratively, of course). You have no decision making power, and no ability to influence plans. You are a clerk. RB thinks it is an entrepreneurial environment where performance determines growth. The exact 180 degree opposite is true. Directors Bergantino and Elezaby are laughing stocks, although they ruin so many people that everyone is afraid and submissive when they are around., (which really pleases them). They would not last 6 months in a real company. Sad really, pathetic losers with power. A few directors are good but most are not.

    Pay is good by Tucson standards, but only so so in the national market.

    If you are being recruited to RB, you are probably very very good. Confident in yourself, you will think "I will succeed here even though it sounds like a tough place." We all thought that. We are all very very good too. Reality: you will fail, but not because of anything YOU do. So, DO NOT BUY A HOUSE HERE. We all would leave if we could, but the rotten economy and our inability to sell our homes keeps us here.

    Engineering is decimated, and much of the knowledge that built the company has been lost
    Sales is a high turnover area, with a few old pros who hang on, grateful they are in the field and out of sight of management
    Marketing is in constant turmoil and almost nobody has tenure over there either.
    Manufacturing is so so, very inconsistent.
    HR? Well, the good ones leave in a hurry, horrified. The rest are really just meat processors.
    Purchasing? there isn't a purchasing function!

    If you think you must come here, talk to a few ex Rain Birders first. There are many of them. Try linked in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house at the top. Le Fetra and most directors. There is complete failure of leadership. Sell the business. Let competent new owners make the many necessary changes you can never make yourself.

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

    More of the same

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    Current Employee - Marketing AG  in  Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing AG in Azusa, CA

    Pros

    Azusa is a nice location, cost of living reasonable for CA, good and affordable schools, good traffic and restaurants in the area.
    Peers are great to work with

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    No interest in strategic planning, only a list of ‘tactical goals’ are given as the ‘strategic plan’ by the owner
    Tons of values and beliefs, no one cares to behave according with them
    Lack of information sharing
    Management is afraid of losing their jobs, thus a lot of “finger pointing” and “scapegoats”

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professional management and leaders, specially in HR, not “Yes, Tony’s men” or sell the company sooner than is planned

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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