Rain Bird Reviews

Updated June 13, 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 (3)

    if you are looking for a place with talented type A people this is the place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rain Bird

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented people. Focus is on results. Stretch goals. You can't succeed here without working hard and collaborating.

    Cons

    Micro-managed. Political. Inept marketing and product development group. Sr. Management never accepts the blame of their own strategies.

    Advice to Management

    You hire good people, set the goals and let them figure out how to deliver. Improve your marketing team, they are very ineffective.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Dirty Bird!

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    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great peers and talent in the trenches.

    Cons

    Toxic corporate culture. The corpse rots from the head.

    Advice to Management

    Keep shopping the sale...the only thing that will bring the needed change.


  3. 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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    District Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Well know products and well established organization having systematic sales performance measurement. Basically given to you all necessary minimum equipment to follow up business.

    Cons

    No initiative given although it is said so. well under paid and constantly monitored by the supervisors. as per of the systematic sales performance does not affect employees earnings.

    Advice to Management

    all needed to be changed or they need to change their strategy to keep well equipped people in the company. well, good product does not live forever, good people can carry the company to the future.


  6. Helpful (4)

    professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I enjoy working with my professional peers.

    Cons

    The morale at the Tucson site is very very low. Most are just doing their jobs waiting for the paycheck & awaiting the opportunity to leave & move on. Bright people no given the tools to perform at an appropriate level given their experience & skills, being managed by people that have no clue what it is like at a real company--creates an environment of frustration. Great potential of leaders in the lower level management, however BH the time they make it to senior level, all true leadership ability has been extracted, leaving only the shell of the professional that arrived to Rain Bird so full of ideas &:best practices

    Advice to Management

    Your management style is oppressive & rewards incompetence, as clearly indicated by Sr Management that does not have the ability to look outside of the box, lead or even making a decision without Tony's approval. Sad place to work because of the lack of true leadership. Grow some integrity & ethics. Get a real HR. You fired the only hope of a real HR & kept the dead wood fliating.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Not a recommended career stop...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time

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

    Pros

    Pay is good for the area, great people to work with

    Cons

    Outdated tools and systems, divisions pitted against each other rather than working together, caustic environment. Management is rewarded for suppressing and taking credit for subordinates. Penny pinching goes to unrealistic limits. Generally, overqualified people are hired and encouraged to negatively compete with colleagues for very limited opportunities to advance. You have to be a certain kind of person to be most successful here - that would include sharp and witted to override anything else anyone says, and a willingness to attack your colleagues into submission.

    Advice to Management

    Major changes would be needed to make this a better place to work.


  8. A Good Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

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

    Pros

    Company has strong financial backing, a committed leadership team to doing the right thing both for employees and customers. Company has value in self ownership and entrepreneurial behavior - which at times has been misunderstood. The opportunities seem endless from within Rain Bird and perfect for someone who is interested in making a mark and producing results. Many members of senior leadership started in (professional) entry level positions - so they know what it is like in the field and know how to evaluate and support performance.

    Cons

    Rain Bird hires top talent making the organization with a lot of good people wanting to be the best. This is good for some and not good for others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Rain Bird is changing in a positive direction from both the inside and out over the past 5 years and I believe management will help Rain Bird continue to grow, expand and provide great opportunities to its people.


  9. Helpful (7)

    I felt as though I traveled back in time...

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    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Rain Bird

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

    Pros

    Good smart people hired from different parts of the country

    Cons

    Absolutely terrible HR & Sr. Management. HR is clueless & sr management is petty & afraid or unable to lead by example, choosing instead to lead by ignorance & intimidation. Tony is viewed as a demi-god that can do no wrong! Not true, ask about his sexual advances & what happens if you don't accept & positively respond...fired !!!

    Advice to Management

    Tony & crew of lifers...Look inside your ranks for integrity & ethical behaviors. I believe those traits wereist years ago.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Awful place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Regular paycheck, decent benefits but that's about all.

    Cons

    Terrible management, short sighted, not honest, and very heavy handed. I lasted two months before resigning after seeing their practices with people, moving engineers to Tucson, then firing them before a year, just a tinderbox.

    Management acted like you were lucky to be there and you were scrutinized like you were stealing from them. Anywhere else those clowns would never have those positions, quite possiblly the most unprofessional company with which I've ever been connected.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think any would be taken or worth the time. This is a warning to anyone considering working there that "it won't be different for you".


  11. Helpful (7)

    Great place but company don't take care of people

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, people with great experience

    Cons

    Upper management don't take care of people they are allowing people to leave with years of experience, and give control of departments to people with absolutely no experience on the field, taking stupid decisions for product and company

    Advice to Management

    Take care of people, the mayority how have leave will probabbly continue working there if the correct decisions were made



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