Rain Bird Reviews

Updated May 26, 2015
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Anthony LaFetra
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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 (1)

    Electronic Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Electronics Technician in Azusa, CA
    Current Contractor - Electronics Technician in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Was not a stressful job. Supervisors would let you manage your work and time according to work load.

    Cons

    Part of the company got relocated to Arizona.


  2. It was a nice job to start at. I learned a lot of different things

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    Current Employee - Receiving Clerk in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Receiving Clerk in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people that worked there were really nice. The work was easy. I was a temp so they would make me do all kinds of things around the warehouse but it was a good experience.

    Cons

    The biggest issues sometimes was the face that so many people were temps. The turnover rate was kind of high for the company. It was difficult dealing with work issues sometimes because so many people didn't know how to do something because they were new or learning.

    Advice to Management

    I would say to try and keep your eyes on some of the temps. Many of them liked to mess around and not do their work.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Very busy

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Automation Engineer in Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - Automation Engineer in Azusa, CA

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a good group of managers to work for

    Cons

    always down-sizing. Need more maintenance help

    Advice to Management

    get more help in where its needed


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not recommended for the 8 to 5 set.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Azusa, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Paid well and plenty of responsibility.

    Cons

    High personnel turnover due to poor working conditions and inconsistent management.
    Many long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the good-old-boy regime with some professional managers.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Good Product, Good Sales; Rough environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Production Supervisor in Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - General Production Supervisor in Azusa, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were exceptional. After comparing them to other company's, they were fair. Market Stability was great as everybody knew the product. Intriguing production facility for sprinklers. Opportunity for advancement with the right education and work experience within the company.

    Cons

    Extrusion facility was a snake bite waiting to happen. Management had a high turnover based on corporate expectations with limited resources. Facility was old, beat up and ancient.....

    Advice to Management

    Shake the apple tree and really see what falls out. Old ideologies can only go so far. Training of employees for future advancement is great, but who knows if you will be there long enough to use it.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Stay Far away from this company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Azusa, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers. A lot of very talented people to work with, A good place to meet contacts that you will need when you get cut

    Cons

    Poor management. Ranking system is outdated and creates a very high turnover and poor moral. If you like a job that you always wonder everyday you go to work is it going to be your last, then Rain Bird is the company for you.

    It was an excellent company many years ago, but sadly those days are gone.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new management team and stop the reign of fear


  8. Helpful (2)

    Would work for them again

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sprinkler Guys in Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - Sprinkler Guys in Azusa, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, got to live in Birmingham and had my boss's support

    Cons

    Offices are very aged...There is not a lot of room for advancement unless you are an engineer


  9. Helpful (5)

    I'm leaving when a good opportunity presents itself

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azusa, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Decent benefits
    Good people
    Technology upgrades for all (I just received a new top of the line Dell)

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunities unless you are willing to be a "Yes Man"
    Management fears LaFetra so they won't make waves
    The company is stuck in a 1980's mentality and management styles
    Very myopic leadership from the "Directors"
    People leave or get fired and their positions are not filled. The remaining skeleton crew is forced to take the new responsibilities but do not receive compensation. This leads to a domino effect of resignations.

    Advice to Management

    None. They won't take any advice


  10. Helpful (2)

    More of the same

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing AG in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing AG in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

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

    Pros

    Azusa is a nice location, cost of living reasonable for CA, good and affordable schools, good traffic and restaurants in the area.
    Peers are great to work with

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    No interest in strategic planning, only a list of ‘tactical goals’ are given as the ‘strategic plan’ by the owner
    Tons of values and beliefs, no one cares to behave according with them
    Lack of information sharing
    Management is afraid of losing their jobs, thus a lot of “finger pointing” and “scapegoats”

    Advice to Management

    Hire professional management and leaders, specially in HR, not “Yes, Tony’s men” or sell the company sooner than is planned


  11. Helpful (1)

    Rain Bird is a great stepping stone

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, the pay is ok,. They help you with school and have really good benefits.

    Cons

    Management is management, and the lower level employees are often left out of decision making. It's bad for morale. They need to involve everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Management really needs to look at more than the bottom line. You have good people, working very hard. Their expectations are high and unrealistic given the reductions in staff. Something has to give.



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