Rain Bird Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

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Pros
  • The base pay is good with an acceptable incentive plan (in 14 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 14 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would work for them again

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    Former Employee - Sprinkler Guys  in  Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - Sprinkler Guys in Azusa, CA

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Far away from this company

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than 8 years

    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 Ranking system is outdated and creates a very high turnover and poor moral.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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a new management team and stop the reign of fear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    I'm leaving when a good opportunity presents itself

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None. They won't take any advice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    More of the same

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    Current Employee - Marketing AG  in  Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing AG in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rain Bird is a great stepping stone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people work at Rain Bird

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azusa, CA

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    There are lots of great people that work for Rain Bird. It is a company that has a good reputation.

    Cons

    There are cutbacks taking place all of the time. Rain Bird is hiring plenty of managers but keeps cutting back on the staff that supports them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who the people are that support you. If you keep cutting back you might be doing their job one day.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Rain Bird must fly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azusa, CA

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Compenstation was the reason for going and working there as long as I did. I was eventually tired of the place adn realize that no amount of money makes it worth it.

    Cons

    It is the same as most other reports about the Bird, no leadership at all and weak kneed upper managment.

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Frustration and poor management is the norm, to many jobs to do, to many hours invested every day and zero recognition

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    Current Employee - Cann't Tell Ya' Know!  in  Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Cann't Tell Ya' Know! in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Only salary is the bait use for all

    Cons

    Well, poor management, no leadership and being push to do more than one job while you are basically force to work more than what is normal and with no resources is the day to day job, no respect and hearing comments from managers that do not value the effort to get results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frustration work load from middle management, I heard this from some one before "we are not lean we are anorexic" will describe what's happening, do not yell at people we notice that during your morning meetings, do not use the F or BS words that often and do not use the BS

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No place to work for long.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Glendora, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Glendora, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Rainbird has good pay when you work well. Rainbird has great name recognition but it is undeserved. Other than that, not much is good.

    Cons

    Rainbird management is too close-minded when presented with differing opinions. Upper management is more like yes men when faced with Anthony.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the president to somebody who listens and cares for the opinions of others people. Be fair and professional to outside companies that bring new ideas. DO NOT be a predator.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rain Bird is the best employer I've worked for

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    Current Employee - Corporate Support  in  Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Support in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Pay is great. Work is challenging. Contrary to reports, Rain Bird does have concern for their line employees and unmentioned, many of them have 25 to 35 years at their positions. Rain Bird is spending a good deal on upgrading their technology. I also like it that Rain Bird is a pay as you go company - not fettered by any debt. Rain Bird will survive the current economic turmoil.

    Cons

    Turnover is high but this is also due to folks coming and using Rain Bird as a stepping stone. Times are tough and Rain Bird has to deal with a lot of issues remain profitable and decisions are going to cause a lot of hardship on many employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. The company is profitable and seems to get it right. I would have to say, try to get a handle on why there are so many disgruntled former employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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