Rain Bird

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Rain Bird Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
247 Reviews
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247 Reviews
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Anthony LaFetra
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • pay is good but lots of people are laid off or fired (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Good Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (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. 15 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 (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
  3. 7 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management focus

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    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
  6. 15 people found this helpful  

    The Most Dysfunctional Company On the Planet

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    • 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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer
    Current Employee - Applications Developer

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (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
  8. 15 people found this helpful  

    Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (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
  9. 13 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poorly 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 14 people found this helpful  

    Nice pay, poor working environment

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

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Replace 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.

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

    Worst senior management team possible

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    The compensations is better than average

    Cons

    Everything else - management, secrecy, paranoia, forced ranking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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