Rain Bird

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Rain Bird Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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2.1 236 reviews

14% Approve of the CEO

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Anthony LaFetra

(188 ratings)

14% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The pay is good but they expect a LOT in return(in 13 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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    Overall Good Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent people work here. All are very intelligent, competent, and committed to improvement. The base pay is good with an acceptable incentive plan.

    ConsBenefits program (vacation, holiday, etc) are below average and the company does little to make employees feel like they are a valuable resource. Although the company prides itself on "hiring the best", there is little trust placed in the employees to truly make decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more employee focused and allow the employees to feel more empowered.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Hostile

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsThe people are great and highly qualified. Some are better at dealing with the garbage that goes on there. There were 2 senior leaders there when I worked there that really supported the employee and they made it a great place to work.

    ConsWhen one of the two senior leaders retired then the second one passed away the place went to hell in a hand basket. You were left with senior leaders that did whatever the owner wanted so they wouldn't place their positions in jeopardy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStand up to the tyrant

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Tough place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFocus on quality, great people, strong brand

    Conslimited resources, poor morale, command and control at the top, no empowerment for employees, high turnover

    Advice to Senior Managementsell the company and start fresh

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management focus

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAttention is paid to practically all areas of a business. Without really expressing this as part of its business plan, the effect is the same: a savvy company that seeks to improve itself.

    ConsContractors are a huge part of the workforce. The scheduled turn-over every 11 months keeps the company out of trouble (Independent Contractor vs Employee status) with the Feds, but causes havoc in design, engineering, and operations because of the discontinuities introduced in personnel careers, training and performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement follows what the owner wants to do. Management should re-visit its business operations to address the personnel turn-over issue and make a compelling case to the owner. [Some in senior management are bonafied "yes-men".]

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    The Most Dysfunctional Company On the Planet

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf Tony will approve of you being hired, they will pay you whatever they need to in order to get you on board. So many people turn down offers, that they rely on money to lure good people. So, pay is not bad.

    ConsI really can't say anything that hasn't been said on this site, or ones like it, many times before. But in case you need to hear it again: STAY AWAY! STAY FAR AWAY! This place is awful with really very little to make the freak show worth it. Honestly, if you have a soul or even one ounce of business sense, this place will be detrimental to your physical well-being if you work here. Tony, the president, just won't let anything that is positive and good for the company stay around for long. Good customer service department? Eviscerate it. Good people? Fire them. Good products? Discontinue them. Good marketing? Cut it. Customers? Tony HATES them, but not as much as he hates employees and vendors.

    If you are hired as a manager of any kind, don't expect to be able to make even the smallest decision. If you enjoy seeing a business fail in real-time, you might like it here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is too late for any advice. It wouldn't be followed or executed very well anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    11 people found this helpful  

    All Reviews are Accurate: Glass Door has Spoken!

    Sales Manager (Former Employee) Midway North, TX

    ProsThe Pro here is that you are getting fair warning on Glass Door. Look at these consistent reviews regarding Rain Bird...all negative. Management, Corrective action program, metal detectors, terrible culture. Take the time to read them, consistently bad comments. All true.

    ConsWorking in a very negative culture. As a sales rep you will have a difficult time increasing market share because of Rain Birds past hostilities towards the independent distribution companies. You will constantly be reminded in the marketplace how messed up Rain Bird appears to be. Poor distributor incentive programs vs. the competition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI often wonder what the ownership and managements thoughts are when they read the Glass Door evaluation of Rain Bird and their failures, which are pretty obvious. It's obvious the ownership does not care. I am certain they all view the site. Part of their failure is thinking that these reviews are from malcontents who have been dismissed by Rain Bird. The Buzz is all over Rain Bird, both present and past employees. It points to their leadership failures; from ownership to the incompetent management. These comments are from very skilled professionals who feel an obligation to warn the working community. Hear this: Glass Door has spoken, and the word is Rain Bird is a troubled place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great place

    Applications Developer (Current Employee)

    ProsI can do my job without any disruption

    ConsA lot of work, very few people and they keep cutting the budget.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more interns/students and people with little experience to help with the work load. Stop cutting the budget!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Current Employee

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPays well if you contribute- for a while
    Generally bright people hired in management
    Not a bad job- at first...
    Massive emphasis on security- if you view it that way

    ConsThis is an unfortunate culture. I have watched things over the years go from decent to poor in terms of morale. Poorly conceived and mismanaged stratification system. Shhh! Don't talk about it! It might not be legal?! Stratification is applied to small groups to the detriment of the company. HORRIBLE HR. I cannot emphasize that enough. What's left of them is a disgrace to the profession. Director structure leads to the worst leadership I've heard of for a company of this size.

    Upper Mgt Culture: Secretive. Paranoid. Distrustful. Misleading. Don't kiss ass but don't disagree. A smiley face is painted on to lure you in. It's sad because so many good people come in, work hard and are ignored and not valued. Out goes the knowledge. The departures are taboo to discuss and a reflection of the SOB who dared to leave.

    Catch 22's abound. Heads Rain Bird wins, tails you lose. Definite "your satisfaction means you are being underworked" culture. So counter productive. I think the heart/ humanity went out with Art VanLudwig. Strange obsession with temp use, whether it is appropriate or not. Temp good. Employee evil. Except third world employees. Read the other reviews carefully. It's a shame, really.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to go public or sell out. Before you wreck what remains.

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    11 people found this helpful  

    Nice pay, poor working environment

    Engineer (Former Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsGood hard working people. Polite people even when overstressed. Nice weather, spacious parking lot, recently remodeled buildings. Modern computers and software. Decent office spaces but old furnishings. Some very good low ranking managers. Some opportunity to move up in the company but only one or two levels.

    ConsVery low budgets and short deadlines. Layoffs monthly or people quit. New employees are not hired to replace those that left. Instead you are forced to do their work but don't get more pay. Every job is being outsourced or moved to Mexico. Promotions are not based on merit. Favoritism and politics get you to the top. Senior Management Staff is completely disconnected from reality. Senior Staff treat employees like numbers, not people. Most of the knowledgeable and experienced managers have left Rain Bird. Left behind are inexperienced rookies following orders given by the inept Sr staff and upper management. The rookies take the fall for the failures of upper management and are demoted, put on corrective action, fired, or forced to quit.
    Periodically employees are required to write a one page document listing reasons they should not be part of the next round of layoffs."justify your existence at rain bird".

    Avoid this place unless you really need the money. You can do a lot better

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace HR, bring in a expert to teach you how to run a global company in modern times. You are stuck in the early 1980s mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    10 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prospay is good but lots of people are laid off or fired

    ConsPoorly managed
    Insufficient budgets
    Held accountable but not given resources needed to do job
    Horrible management time at the highest levels
    Poor treatment of vendors

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis company needs a major management shake up. There is not one person in senior management that has the skills required

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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