Rain Bird Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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Pros
  • The pay is good but they expect a LOT in return (in 15 reviews)

  • Industry leader; quality products (in 19 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 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Great place but company don't take care of people

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, people with great experience

    Cons

    Upper management don't take care of people they are allowing people to leave with years of experience, and give control of departments to people with absolutely no experience on the field, taking stupid decisions for product and company

    Advice to Management

    Take care of people, the mayority how have leave will probabbly continue working there if the correct decisions were made


  2. Helpful (4)

    Good Bridge job

    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Old Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Old Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They use the golden handcuff approach to attempt to retain highly skilled people. The product serves a purpose for the public for keeping grass green and general irrigation purposes... thats about it for the Pros

    Cons

    The biggest group of incompetent Sr. managers ever assembled in one company. They utilize archaic methods of intimidation management to negatively energize the workforce and make employees fear for their jobs. There vision goes no farther than monthly profit reviews centered around keeping the owner happy and avoiding getting on the wrong side of his typically wrong perceptions of how well or poorly the company is operating

    Advice to Management

    Owner should sell the company and allow others to clear out the incompetent sr. management staff to hopefully recover any value left of the company.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Bad Management, not team focused

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ok pay. Others on the team are good team players.

    Cons

    Management does not recognize hard work. Not forward thinking. No one is thinking about keeping employees or making employees happy.

    Advice to Management

    Better focus on employees, engagement and happiness.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Bad deal

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and great product.

    Cons

    Terrible upper Management and no regards to the employees

    Advice to Management

    Owner should retire and right before that remove some of upper management


  6. Helpful (7)

    Dirty Bird!

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    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great peers and talent in the trenches.

    Cons

    Toxic corporate culture. The corpse rots from the head.

    Advice to Management

    Keep shopping the sale...the only thing that will bring the needed change.


  7. Helpful (5)

    professional

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working with my professional peers.

    Cons

    The morale at the Tucson site is very very low. Most are just doing their jobs waiting for the paycheck & awaiting the opportunity to leave & move on. Bright people no given the tools to perform at an appropriate level given their experience & skills, being managed by people that have no clue what it is like at a real company--creates an environment of frustration. Great potential of leaders in the lower level management, however BH the time they make it to senior level, all true leadership ability has been extracted, leaving only the shell of the professional that arrived to Rain Bird so full of ideas &:best practices

    Advice to Management

    Your management style is oppressive & rewards incompetence, as clearly indicated by Sr Management that does not have the ability to look outside of the box, lead or even making a decision without Tony's approval. Sad place to work because of the lack of true leadership. Grow some integrity & ethics. Get a real HR. You fired the only hope of a real HR & kept the dead wood fliating.


  8. Helpful (7)

    I felt as though I traveled back in time...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good smart people hired from different parts of the country

    Cons

    Absolutely terrible HR & Sr. Management. HR is clueless & sr management is petty & afraid or unable to lead by example, choosing instead to lead by ignorance & intimidation. Tony is viewed as a demi-god that can do no wrong! Not true, ask about his sexual advances & what happens if you don't accept & positively respond...fired !!!

    Advice to Management

    Tony & crew of lifers...Look inside your ranks for integrity & ethical behaviors. I believe those traits wereist years ago.


  9. Helpful (32)

    Not a wise choice

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - President/Business Unit Director in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - President/Business Unit Director in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are good to excellent. With more than a decade of terrible reviews and rankings available online to the savvy job seeker, ("worst companies to work for" will produce much), Rain Bird is forced to pay extremely well to fill the quotas each hiring manager is tasked with. Due to forced rankings and scheduled firings "we're always hiring." Tucson and Azusa are also very nice places to live. For the time you'll work there.

    Cons

    This may sound facetious, but you must not think of Rain Bird as a company. Think of it as a kingdom, with CEO Tony LaFetra as the 80-year-old Prince who inherited it. His parents were reportedly brilliant, his mother especially, and he knows in his heart he can't fill their shoes. That he should try to do so is unfair to him, actually. How could one person replace the two excellent minds who founded the company? Nevertheless, he has attempted to do so, and his shortcomings have led to long-standing insecurities, paranoia, closed-mindedness and a poisonous culture of fear. Due to his advanced age and infirmities he is simply out of touch with modern business practices. Spending time with Tony is akin to taking a trip back to an earlier era, a time when women stayed in the home, blacks couldn't use a white drinking fountain, and commies and homos were going to bring this nation to ruin. Opinions contrary to Tony's on ANY topic are incredibly risky. He will occasionally rant so shrilly and absurdly that you think he must be joking. He's not. Laugh at your peril. Remember, this is a kingdom, with a bent and shriveled, declining ruler. A ruler who already knows everything he needs to, knows in advance everything you could possibly voice, and has a son your age or older and thus sees you as a foolish child yourself. Forget that you may have a couple decades of successful corporate productivity and several advanced degrees under you belt. Tony alone knows what's best. Any change is to be viewed with suspicion and disdain. And no one is important to the kingdom except Tony. You are a cipher and a drain on his personal finances. The moment he has a whim to replace or release you, it will be done. No matter how long you have been his subject. No matter what you have accomplished for Rain Bird. There are so many great companies to work for in this country. Benefits, vacation, flexible work hours, corporate perquisites, even simply a pleasant place to be every day, are readily available just about anywhere. Rain Bird is simply not a wise choice. If you must ignore all the evidence and seek employment here because the high salary they'll offer has done exactly what it has been calculated to do, at least insulate yourself from the inevitable: Don't move your family. Don't pull your kids out of their schools. Don't buy a house if you do move. Rent instead. Keep yourself nimble and unattached. Your hiring manager will eventually have a bonus line item that specifically profits him to fire you. You personally. It will be based on a timing and ranking calculation that is longstanding and brutal. If he doesn't fire you, eventually it will be noticed and questioned by Tony and that is never a pleasant experience. Turnover is required at Rain Bird. Your time will come. I lost many excellent employees at various levels and made a great deal of money doing it. And then my own time came. Good luck to you.

    Advice to Management

    Seek peace, Tony, before it is too late.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Consider welfare before working here or have comfortable knee pads

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rain Bird pay well however they need to as many employees need to spend disposable income on counselling to maintain a level of sanity and their relationships. Rain Bird provide employment opportunities for people who know nothing about the industry or what a sprinkler looks like so the pool of candidates is large.

    Cons

    So much to consider when speaking of the cons of working at Rain Bird. Firstly, believe every review on this site as they are accurate and are not from disgruntled employees. Believe me, they would be thankful to get out just as I was. If you require further convincing, check the volume and quality of Hunter and Toro's reviews. The staff turnover is appalling except for senior management where they seem to be entrenched due to their uncanny ability to nod their heads and perform random sackings, almost like a cat bringing it's kill to it's owner for approval or is it that the old man doesn't have the minerals to sack those closest to him? He needs a degree of separation. I first met the company leader some years back and I see where the polluted fountain starts and how it flows to those beneath him. Who could operate a multimillion dollar business with any degree of rationale from god's waiting room? Unfortunate set of circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    You have been with RB so long that you have no outside experiences in how business operates today or alternatively, you can tolerate the sore knees at RB. Don't let candidates bluff their way into management roles. Surely a screening program needs to be implemented. Psychometric testing by a 3rd party. A recent encounter with a manager in an Asia Pacific subsidiary left me scratching my head and asking the question "How?". Go on the Undercover Boss television show and if you still think the company is dynamic and has a great future under your guidance, resign. Negotiate a deal with In 'n' Out Burger for customer and company functions. It might cost a little more than usual but the chief will love it.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Disappointment

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For the most part the people that you work with are great and the pay is good.

    Cons

    Ownership and upper management are disconnected from reality.

    Advice to Management

    Management is still using techniques and styles for the 80's which do not work in today's economy. They need to revamp strategies and update management methods. Best thing would be to sell the company to someone who would put money and energy into the company because it has great potential.



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