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

Rain Bird Reviews in Arizona

Updated Jun 18, 2014
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Anthony LaFetra

(109 ratings)

9% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    6 people found this helpful  

    Do NOT even consider working here !

    Purchasing (Current Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsTucson, az area employer, tucson is a nice place to live and raise a family.

    Salary above average

    Working for Rain Bird turns this nice city into a CAUSTIC situation.

    ConsNO respect for the individual
    Obusive personnel practices
    Hiring practices and promises very unehtical
    Overall working environment creates a leve of distrust at all levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange before it is too late

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wish i would have seen this site before joining...

    Associate Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsIt is a great product and your fellow employees are usually of a very good caliber. It makes you feel good to work wiht quality people that "get it"

    ConsAt 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 ago that indicated on here, but was compelled to post after stumbling on the site. Even after nearly 10 years of being going I find may of the negative comments resonating with my whatI experienced. Lack of trust.. It is truly McGregor's "theory X" management style at work, from an academic standpoint it is very interesting to see - at least I had never see it in this pure of form before!

    As marketing, you have a GREAT product to work with. However, don't expect to get creative with it, and don't expect to take their great market recognition and presence and run with it.

    They are entrenched in what they have always done, and unfortunately that continues today. While the insults i've seen thrown at the very top management may be inapprpriate, they not completely un-credible. RB is a comapny that has been very successful, but it is now time to go from a family-run styles of business and get a professional mangement team in place.

    The comapany, product and people have an incredible amount of potential. it's time to unleash that potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGuys, for 10 years or more it has been time for Tony to step aside, and do it without shame. Take pride in what has been accomplished - the company has been incredibly successful, but it can be so much more so with the right team in place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unbelievably HORRIBLE Place - but you really should believe the insights on glassdoor.com before you opt to work here!

    (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsTucson is a great place to live, but unfortunately not many alternative, reasonably well-paying jobs (Once you get here and fall in love with the community, it's tough to stay due to lack of professional opportunities...)

    Competent, albeit generally scared co-workers who see that everyone is in the same dire straits at the prison-like Rain Bird facility, and thus always looking for a job "on the outside"

    Air conditioned building (important in 100+ degree heat!) and free, but uncovered parking.

    ConsIncredibly twisted, demented and unhealthy culture - Senior Management is not only disinterested in having a decent quality of life for themselves and their own families, but they feel compelled to make their employees equally (or more) miserable - such a sad, sad environment...

    Although the >40% annual turnover is tough to believe, it aligns well with corporate philosophy of squeezing as much as possible out of new employees and then simply kicking them to the curb once they're broken down and defeated, and often after they have left behind fairly decent situations in other parts of the country.

    Rampant paranoia is evident from the very top and throughout SBU leadership - I've never seen a place that not only hates its channel partners (i.e., distributors) but has obvious disgust for its employees, the very people who are simply trying to help the company succeed, or at least survive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRegrettably there is nothing that can be said that would break through - the paranoid, power freaks in control are just not able to listen to reason. Only the inevitable implosion of the company and subsequent sale of assets by a bankruptcy court will enable the brand to last much more than 10 more years...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This may be the worst place to work anywhere.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsThey pay well, Tucson is a very nice place to live especially if you have a family. Nothing else is good about this company.

    ConsThis company works harder at figuring reasons to not get things done. There are more meetings about having meeting than any place I have ever been. There is a written policy to act quickly - "The 24 hour rule!" What a joke! Try to do something here on your own and see how fast you get fired. The culture is horrible, the equipment is 20 years old, the computer monitors are 17" CRTs! Senior management is too old and out of touch with the rest of the business world. Anyone who has been at the company for more than a few years is a complete Yes Man Drone. Stay away if you can at all costs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company and let real leadership do the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Employees are not valued and there is no loyalty whatsoever.

    Regional Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsRain Bird has good name brand recognition and quality products.
    it is nice to work for an industry leader.
    They pay well.

    ConsRain Bird does not see the value of an employee. People are hired and let go constantly. They hire for the moment, but not for the long term vision. People doing a great job in one department because a different division is struggling at the moment. There are not many tenured people in middle management. Out of my department of 24 people, only 3 had been there over 4 years.
    Top management is also so paranoid about having any sales or product cost figures leaked to the competition that they do not even let their sales managers know important costs and figures they could use to better do their jobs. It's insane. The freakiest atmosphere I've ever experienced. Everyone watching their backs and running around paranoid about their jobs. It's weird.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire good people and give them a chance to help your company. Give them the tools they need and you'll be surprised at how they become as much of an asset as your products. They may even add more value to your customers than your product. Let's face it, product differences are getting negligible. However, the human difference can be huge.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK, but the people are great!

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementSome senior staff members create a culture of fear with no opportunities for improvement or change. Working in these groups creates a bad atmophere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    STAY AWAAAAAAAY!

    Unimportant (Current Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsTucson 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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementClean 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Difficult

    Senior Recruiter (Current Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsSalary, coworker, objectives, products, friends

    ConsWork environment, turnover, supervisor, layoff, lack interest to people

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe proactive

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rain Bird - Hyson - Does human resources really exist??

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Nogales, AZ

    ProsHigh Salary
    Good co-workers
    Company cares about quality of products

    ConsHR Director does not know what HR means.
    Bad environment
    Management does not care about people
    No growth oportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementTony, HR does not exist at your company as you can see in all the complaints. If you really care about your company performance you should look into HR and start doing something about it.

    I do not recommend this company to work for, specially in MX. Good pay at the beginning but that is it. No growth, and 0 to 2% annual increase. Do not think you will be promoted to a management position, these positions are only reserved for american people.
    There is a policy that is being used by management when they want to reduce personell. The supervisor is responsible for getting rid of the employee because Rain Bird does not pay liquidations. They prefer to make pressure over the employee to save a couple of dollars. They do not care about other countries' labor law.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsFair salary and competitive salary
    Training
    Professional environment
    Good benefits

    ConsNo career growth
    Constant replacement of managers
    Low moral

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to have better communication.

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