Rain Bird

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Rain Bird Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
241 Reviews
2.2
241 Reviews
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Anthony LaFetra
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Benefits 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 ManagementAdvice

    Become more employee focused and allow the employees to feel more empowered.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Confusing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Surprisingly large number of hands-on design/development/Test talent. It is a consolation / solace to be around them :). One of the reasons new hires do join is because of interaction with these people during the interviews. Some first level managers impress you with, "how good management" is done.

    Cons

    Fairly consistently professional growth and any ideas different from, "how it is done in Rain Bird" are stifled

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being a manager does not necessarily mean you are the most talented and best in that field. In some cases your idea might indeed be far better than those of your reports... but that would be a coincidence... not a requirement for you to be a good (or just being a ) manager.
    A somewhat different role of the manager that has produced great results in other companies is to grow, empower, guide the people who report to you to create very powerful creative forces to help the company advance and compete with an edge in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointment

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

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

    Pros

    For the most part the people that you work with are great and the pay is good.

    Cons

    Ownership and upper management are disconnected from reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is still using techniques and styles for the 80's which do not work in today's economy. They need to revamp strategies and update management methods. Best thing would be to sell the company to someone who would put money and energy into the company because it has great potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 14 people found this helpful  

    Venomous Autocracy

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

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

    Pros

    There are many great people who work at Rain Bird - most Tucson based positions require a Masters from a reputable college to even make an interview so the result is an environment full of smart people from diverse backgrounds, international too. Sounds like heaven huh?

    Cons

    There has been much written on the personality and moral compass of the CEO and his team of senior staff. Somehow, Rain Bird continues to succeed in spite of itself - heavy reliance on temp workers, staff on unrecoverable corrective actions, staff under review -both of which are disgracefully subjective situations that have little to do with the quality of work you produce - it is flat out intimidation. The companies mantra of only hiring the best is true....the bit they leave out is they also like to fire the best.
    Career advancement is limited and you never get to control anything - or make decisions but you do get to suffer the consequences if things go pear shaped. Suffice to say - morale is appalling and staff turnover is ridiculously high. Most folks last between 12 and 24 months.
    Watching how this toxic environment makes colleagues cry, personalities change and marriage's crumble is hard to deal with after a while so I left. I actually really liked my job.
    Despite the well crafted and well positioned statements Rain Bird likes to portray of itself the reality is much different. The CEO is autocratic with a lot of venom to dispense - a constant state of fear makes it a tough place to stay focused and get your job done.
    At the end of the day Rain Bird is a private company whose owners do what works for them. Unfortunately working for Rain Bird rarely works for the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Management? You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very high quality, smart individuals
    Quality products

    Cons

    Culture of fear
    High Turn over of people
    low product development effort

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people.
    stability in the workforce will greatly improve R&D, customer satisfaction and reduce go to market costs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 13 people found this helpful  

    Hostile

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

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    When 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stand up to the tyrant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Tough place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    Focus on quality, great people, strong brand

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell the company and start fresh

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

    Management focus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Attention 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.

    Cons

    Contractors 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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".]

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 12 people found this helpful  

    The Most Dysfunctional Company On the Planet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer
    Current Employee - Applications Developer

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I can do my job without any disruption

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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