Rain Bird Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
239 Reviews
2.2
239 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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    Overall Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than a 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. 9 people found this helpful  

    Venomous Autocracy

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

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for 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
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for 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
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  5. 11 people found this helpful  

    Hostile

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for 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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Tough place to work

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    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for 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
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    The Most Dysfunctional Company On the Planet

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    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer
    Current Employee - Applications Developer

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than a 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
  10. 12 people found this helpful  

    All Reviews are Accurate: Glass Door has Spoken!

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Midway North, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Midway North, TX

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Working 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 14 people found this helpful  

    Current Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pays 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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Time to go public or sell out. Before you wreck what remains.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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