Rain Bird Reviews

Updated May 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Two to four year opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Okay

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (6)

    Rain Bird - DO NOT WORK HERE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Rain Bird is a terrible place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Inspector in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Inspector in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The co-workers at the hourly level are very smart and excellent to work with. The wages were good at the time of hire, but were compensated for the lack of raises later.

    Cons

    Working at Rain Bird started out good, but as time went on with new management coming and going through the revolving doors, the quality and the working enviroment at Rain Bird has gone extremely down hill. Upper management treats the employees like criminals and never praise when a good job or deadline is achieved by dedication and hard work. The management will utilize their energies to find fault and decipline and insult employees to the full extent. Moreover, this causes a very poor morale amongst everyone in the plant.

    With the plant closing upon us, we were informed that no severance package will be honored because of the lengh of time Rain Bird gave us for our layoff date. This sounds like another fast one that the Human Resorce Department has pulled on us. For some of us, whom have put more than 10 years of service at Rain Bird should get some type of severance package, but this is not so at this facility. Overall, how cheap and ruthless can this company be when dedicated employees performed their best to make Rain Bird the number one sprinker manufacture in the nation.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to have some common sense when it comes to hiring salary employees. A few of them have no experience in the position they were hired to perform. Also, management needs to have more respect and treat their employees like people and not like criminals.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Terrible employment experience. Stay away.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Smart and accomplished co-workers
    Relocation package available
    Smart and accomplished co-workers
    Given large amount of job responsibility
    Industry leader; quality products

    Cons

    A ridiculously high employee turnover rate
    Management has quotas to terminate 15% - 20% of employees every year
    A "management by fear" corporate culture
    A "What have you done for me lately?" and "Why should I keep you?" management mentality
    Weak senior management - a bunch of yes-men
    Retention and employee development/growth are non-existent
    Very minimal training
    Human Resources hires and fires - period!
    50-60 hour work weeks are the norm
    Little to no prospect of long-term career growth
    The employees operate in survival mode
    Old laptops/computers

    Advice to Management

    The time and money spent on recruiting the "best and brightest" only to drive them away is absolutely insane. This kills morale and it kills the continuity and growth of the business. Tony (the owner) must retire; it's time. New leadership (from the outside) needs to be hired to dismantle this crazy culture and build a business the values the retention, growth and well-being of its employees.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Avoid This Place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is actually pretty good, but get what you can when you hire on, since raises are rare.

    Cons

    Very bad morale, you are treated like a criminal, and people snoop on your every move. Cameras everywhere, airporty style metal detectors, and eavesdropping of e-mail and telephones.

    Advice to Management

    Knock off the poor treatment of professional people, you might notice a decrease in the massive turnover. I notice you hold meetings to try to address the issue, but never ask the right people for their input.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Worst Corporate environment period

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The salary is at least competitive

    Cons

    Lack of respect
    Future prospects grim
    Feedback is not helpful
    Tony LaFetra rules with an iron fist
    Management is run by yes men
    There is an attitude of disposable employees
    Every day is seen as a kill or be killed outlook

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Tony and his antiquated management style and invest in people and team work



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