Rain Bird Reviews in Arizona

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
239 Reviews
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Pros
  • The base pay is good with an acceptable incentive plan (in 14 reviews)

  • Rain Bird makes a quality product and has the potential to be a truly great company (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management Staff is completely disconnected from reality (in 31 reviews)

  • Left behind are inexperienced rookies following orders given by the inept Sr staff and upper management (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old reviews are no longer relevant....

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

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Solid company, great people, industry leader. Passionate about the intelligent use of water... really!
    Focus is on high quality products, customers satisfaction and providing great opportunities for growth within the company.

    Cons

    It would be nice if there was a cafeteria. Limited local restaurants. Too many hours are spent creating numerous excel reports. Time most would prefer spending with customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider implementing more technology.
    Tear down the wall ... get rid of the forced rankings and spend time with your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Venomous Autocracy

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

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are many great people who work at Rain Bird - most Tucson based positions require a Masters from a reputable college to even make an interview so the result is an environment full of smart people from diverse backgrounds, international too. Sounds like heaven huh?

    Cons

    There has been much written on the personality and moral compass of the CEO and his team of senior staff. Somehow, Rain Bird continues to succeed in spite of itself - heavy reliance on temp workers, staff on unrecoverable corrective actions, staff under review -both of which are disgracefully subjective situations that have little to do with the quality of work you produce - it is flat out intimidation. The companies mantra of only hiring the best is true....the bit they leave out is they also like to fire the best.
    Career advancement is limited and you never get to control anything - or make decisions but you do get to suffer the consequences if things go pear shaped. Suffice to say - morale is appalling and staff turnover is ridiculously high. Most folks last between 12 and 24 months.
    Watching how this toxic environment makes colleagues cry, personalities change and marriage's crumble is hard to deal with after a while so I left. I actually really liked my job.
    Despite the well crafted and well positioned statements Rain Bird likes to portray of itself the reality is much different. The CEO is autocratic with a lot of venom to dispense - a constant state of fear makes it a tough place to stay focused and get your job done.
    At the end of the day Rain Bird is a private company whose owners do what works for them. Unfortunately working for Rain Bird rarely works for the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Management? You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 11 people found this helpful  

    Hostile

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are great and highly qualified. Some are better at dealing with the garbage that goes on there. There were 2 senior leaders there when I worked there that really supported the employee and they made it a great place to work.

    Cons

    When one of the two senior leaders retired then the second one passed away the place went to hell in a hand basket. You were left with senior leaders that did whatever the owner wanted so they wouldn't place their positions in jeopardy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up to the tyrant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 12 people found this helpful  

    Nice pay, poor working environment

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good hard working people. Polite people even when overstressed. Nice weather, spacious parking lot, recently remodeled buildings. Modern computers and software. Decent office spaces but old furnishings. Some very good low ranking managers. Some opportunity to move up in the company but only one or two levels.

    Cons

    Very low budgets and short deadlines. Layoffs monthly or people quit. New employees are not hired to replace those that left. Instead you are forced to do their work but don't get more pay. Every job is being outsourced or moved to Mexico. Promotions are not based on merit. Favoritism and politics get you to the top. Senior Management Staff is completely disconnected from reality. Senior Staff treat employees like numbers, not people. Most of the knowledgeable and experienced managers have left Rain Bird. Left behind are inexperienced rookies following orders given by the inept Sr staff and upper management. The rookies take the fall for the failures of upper management and are demoted, put on corrective action, fired, or forced to quit.
    Periodically employees are required to write a one page document listing reasons they should not be part of the next round of layoffs."justify your existence at rain bird".

    Avoid this place unless you really need the money. You can do a lot better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace HR, bring in a expert to teach you how to run a global company in modern times. You are stuck in the early 1980s mentality.

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

    Mid size company who behave like a multi-national large company

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting technology, products and colleagues

    Cons

    Management is just one person. The grandson of the founder and all midlevel and upper managers are absolutely scared of thin and they are all kiss ass. Every time he reads a management book, he tries to push it throughout the company. So the work atmosphere changes depending on his reading habits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not a large company and one man does not make a management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Everyone is a Temporary Employee except for the Presedent.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Innovative products when new products are being funded.
    Ok benefits.
    It's a pay check.

    Cons

    Quality issues are stifling new product development which is leaving Rain Bird behind in the industry.
    New technologies are not being incorporated into new products.
    Management dose not value their employees.
    Even employees that perform well will be eliminated because of the forced ranking system.
    The employees are scared to speak up at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not lose sight of the new technologies that are being used in ALL other industries. Without the incorporation of these new technologies Rain Bird will continue to slip behind its competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, with great people, good management

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Both my managers were really great. They really believed in my abilities therefore they let me do my thing and interfere only when I asked help and I loved the job which was more of engineering problem solving type job.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get a full time job position. Most of the people work at temporary position

    Recommends
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bird's losing all its feathers

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Opportunity to learn and have a job
    - Contribute on different fronts
    - Cooperative floor personnel
    - Decent pay if in Tucson (would advice against relocation)

    Cons

    Where should I start
    - Complete circus with multiple ringmasters trying to move the company in different directions
    - Company objectives change every 6 months (or sometimes after every Strap Plan Meeting)
    - Too many chiefs and not enough Indians
    - Layoffs/Resignations every quarter
    - People demoted and moved around into divisions that they have no clue about
    - Clueless managers running the divisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have stopped giving free advice since no one wants to hear it. They would rather pay for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Cannot change this bird's spots.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brand still has credibility in retail market; however, brand losing acceptance among commercial customers.

    Cons

    Left RB a couple of years ago. Recently invited to return. After two rounds of conversations, it was clear that leadership is still out of touch with reality. Smart talented individuals still are seen as threats to the man at the top and his cadre of so called leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company while you still have something worth buying. There is no hope for RB's leadership team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Please... Just Don't do it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well, at least It's a job

    Cons

    They will suck your soul... really

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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