Rain Bird Reviews in Arizona

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
239 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rainbird

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

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Fair salary and competitive salary
    Training
    Professional environment
    Good benefits

    Cons

    No career growth
    Constant replacement of managers
    Low moral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to have better communication.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rain Bird's Management Style and Way of Treating its Employees

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

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    One of the larger employer in otherwise job sterving Tucson, AZ

    Cons

    Exteremely secret managemnt style with the private owener. Management changes the team routinely every two years irrespective of employee performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up! Learn trusting your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    What happened to the "people" working in the company. The ones that really bring the money in.

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

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    It use to be a great place to work. At least in Tucson. Many of the managers cared about their employees and awards were given out regularly.

    Cons

    Now it is a different story. Within the same department people are treated differently. The manager walks in and says "How's my favorite inspector to one person. Greet them, joke with them and the rest of us don't even get a greeting. And they'll get the praise no matter how long the job takes them, while someone else may get a write up for going too slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the people at the bottom. They are the ones keep the business coming in. They pack the boxes, check the quality and ship the product on time and to the right location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE!!! HR's role is to create "happy endings" ...... Annual employee turnover of 15% to 20% is not seen as a problem

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Marketing in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Great People
    High Quality Product
    Market Driven Organization
    Viewed as an Industry Leader
    Privately held company - Investing for the future in a down economy

    Cons

    Little chance for advancement - your weaknesses or perceived weaknesses are identified early on with little chance of recovery; hence most higher level positions are filled with individuals from outside the organization whose weaknesses have not yet been identified (a vicious cycle).
    Employees have little or no industry experience ----- even those employees who are in contact with our customers
    A bunch of YES MEN form the Senior Staff.....Even they fear for their job as much as the other employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE-UP.... We are living off of Rain Bird's legacy and not building the business on it's own merit. We need to replace most of the current Senior Management team (AKA YES Men) with true LEADERS who can improve the morale of the organization before a real solid competitor comes in and knocks the BIRD off its perch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Two to four year opportunity

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

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Rain Bird hires the best.
    High turn over allows better than normal networking

    Cons

    Little to no communication regarding company direction.
    Strategic direction appears to change significantly from year to year
    General lack of trust from Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a three to five year strategic direction, minimize any changes and communicate it to the entire company so that everyone can understand how thier efforts support the plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    It pays the bills, but that's about it!

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

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Pay is very good for the Tucson market, and benefits are decent. Rain Bird makes a quality product and has the potential to be a truly great company.

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    1. No advancement opportunities.
    2. No employee recognition or appreciation, period. Please, don't pretend to actually care about us! What kind of company doesn't even have a holiday party?
    3. Constant turnover, especially in areas such as sales and product management positions.
    4. Lots of effort and money put into recruiting OVERQUALIFIED PEOPLE (your co-workers will have advanced degrees from top universities and great job experience) but NO effort made to retain anyone. Everyone is expendable!
    5. Constant "layoffs" are used to get rid of people who make too much money. A blind eye is turned to the fact that they are the ones with the product knowledge and experience the company needs.
    6. Many job functions moving to Mexico. As soon as they do, they turn to crap.
    7. No job security at all (see numbers 4 - 6 above!)
    8. Lack of communication within the company leads to no one having any direction or idea where the company is going.
    9. No leadership from management or directors.
    10. No effort is made to value the homeowner (who uses the product) or the distributor/contractor (who is out there selling the product!)
    11. Forced ranking makes the environment ridiculously cutthroat. You will be ranked against people who have jobs that are completely different from yours. I was ranked against people in Mexico who I had never even met. And watch out if you are on the bottom! Also, forced rankings make it hard to work as a "team".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to someone who is actually competent to run it. Value your stakeholders! If you have no one working for you and buying your product, how do you make money?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Rain Bird has great name recognition in the industry and has very good product quality. There are a lot of very talented people at Rain Bird.

    Cons

    There is very little information shared with the employees at Rain Bird. The company also has very high turnover in many areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rain Bird should share more information between employees and groups. Rain Bird should also focus on making less arbitrary decisions when firing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay

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

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Decent pay, robust processes, commitment to quality, commitment to growth, stable business in tough economy, appears to be economically sound with conservative decisions regarding spending.

    Cons

    More secretive than the CIA. Information is tough to come by, revolving door for many positions, aggressive ranking system that fosters distrust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The should realize the way they operate, it will make them warped in their thinking and make them @#$ kissers the rest of their lives.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Rain Bird - DO NOT WORK HERE

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

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Starting salary somewhat competitive for Tucson
    One of few Manufacturers in Tucson
    Benefits adequate
    Decent product
    Hires mostly very bright people

    Cons

    Revolving door on key employees and managers, why no one stays ??? Interesting
    OVER use and abuse of temporary employees
    KNOWN as "worst" employer in Tucson
    No Management support]
    Caustic culture
    Bonus and rewards promised at hire, never materialize

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some professionals at the top and make sure ownership takes the time to listen to them.
    Establish some respect for the individual

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    screw them first before they screw you ......

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    None.
    If you are not smart enough and you need to work for somebody else, this is the place to make decent living and they are thousand other places like Rain Bird. The company exists to make money for its owners, you need employment to live, this is not a charity or socialist day care center. Capis????
    Yes, Tony wants you to wear white shirt and tie, nazis required black or brown shirts, what is the difference?

    Cons

    The company is paranoid about secrecy and security, yet you can carry ANYTHING through the entrance gate if you are smart enough. You can download and carry out any company information. But there is not nothing secret or important to have or sell. The IT department cripples you activity every chance they have - do not worry they are crippling only the company productivity, you get your paycheck anyway.
    Their IPDMS system is a joke, they would not qualify to be ISO rated company. Do not worry about their factories in Mexico, they are incompetent, any asian factory is hundred times more efficient.
    If you feel cheated by 1 dollar, get even - remember they pay you competitive rate and you do not have to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on running the company the same way, as long as, Tony makes his money, treat people the same way as you are treated, you will never be an Apple company, just mediocre SOB's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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