Rain Bird Reviews

Updated August 20, 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)

    Plant Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Pay was decent, benefits good. Great people working hard!

    Cons

    Employee turnover to high. Not enough training

    Advice to Management

    More training, less pressure


  2. Helpful (4)

    update

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    good pay good benefits in general

    Cons

    always worried about position stabiliyt


  3. Helpful (4)

    Run and never look back

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good. (That's what draws you in.) Working with some very outstanding engineers and overall nice people at the lower levels.

    Cons

    There isn't enough space to write all of the cons. All of upper management needs to be jettisoned and that includes the president. I have never seen a more inept gathering of managers, directors, VP's, etc, in my entire working career. (35 + years). The attrition rate would make some "normal" companies blush. You will be over worked. You are treated very, very poorly. Do not ever think for a minute that you are unique. In the eyes of upper management, you are quickly dispensable and can be back filled with another warm body. It really is sad. Beware of that oncoming bus, your manager will be more than happy to throw you in front of it!

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company! Really, there is no reason to post anything here. No advice will be looked at let alone acted upon. For years, people have given exit interviews with their thoughts on how the company/management could improve itself.......nothing has changed. The same players are still in their same positions. Again, so sad.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Good Bridge job

    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Old Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Old Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They use the golden handcuff approach to attempt to retain highly skilled people. The product serves a purpose for the public for keeping grass green and general irrigation purposes... thats about it for the Pros

    Cons

    The biggest group of incompetent Sr. managers ever assembled in one company. They utilize archaic methods of intimidation management to negatively energize the workforce and make employees fear for their jobs. There vision goes no farther than monthly profit reviews centered around keeping the owner happy and avoiding getting on the wrong side of his typically wrong perceptions of how well or poorly the company is operating

    Advice to Management

    Owner should sell the company and allow others to clear out the incompetent sr. management staff to hopefully recover any value left of the company.


  6. Helpful (7)

    Bad Management, not team focused

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok pay. Others on the team are good team players.

    Cons

    Management does not recognize hard work. Not forward thinking. No one is thinking about keeping employees or making employees happy.

    Advice to Management

    Better focus on employees, engagement and happiness.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Terrible experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent products and production, good research and willingness to listen to contractors.

    Cons

    You are never right, our way or the highway, terrible management, once in upper management you are never up to their standards, even when your producing good outcomes, just look at reviews and turnover.

    Advice to Management

    You all need to look in the mirror, practice what you preach, become a family and not feud and quit looking for ways to eliminate employees.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Bad deal

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and great product.

    Cons

    Terrible upper Management and no regards to the employees

    Advice to Management

    Owner should retire and right before that remove some of upper management


  9. Helpful (7)

    Dirty Bird!

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    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    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
    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.


  11. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird (Less than a year)

    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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