Rain Bird Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (12)

    Absolute worst company culture ever... is it still 1974?

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with quality people and Good product.

    Cons

    Management is forced to have at least 10% of their team on Performance Improvement at all times. It is the Cover Your Arse mentality on steroids as management and employees spend more time finding ways to protect their jobs then actually doing their job. Minimal training, no-long term vision, and no investment in employees. It is survival mode at it's worst. Imagine working in a culture where you know that you will be asked to leave at some point. Could be 1 month, 1 year, 1 decade, etc... How much is anyone going to vest in the success of a company when the company will not vest in the success of their employees.... Add a monkey and a bag of popcorn and Rain Bird is the perfect example of a dysfunctional circus.

    Advice to Management

    Time to toss the "Peter Principle" theory from 1969 - Update your thought process to at least 2010 and invest time, energy, and trust in your troops.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Engineering Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and the people you work with.

    Cons

    No out look for the future of the products or employees, the management process is set in the 60's and 70's.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Mid size company who behave like a multi-national large company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology, products and colleagues

    Cons

    Management is just one person. The grandson of the founder and all midlevel and upper managers are absolutely scared of thin and they are all kiss ass. Every time he reads a management book, he tries to push it throughout the company. So the work atmosphere changes depending on his reading habits

    Advice to Management

    You are not a large company and one man does not make a management team.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Length of service too small to comment.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    International company, possible upward mobility

    Cons

    Company was constrictive in budget related to sales and marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Be concise about job parameters and expectations


  6. Helpful (4)

    Everyone is a Temporary Employee except for the Presedent.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative products when new products are being funded. Ok benefits. It's a pay check.

    Cons

    Quality issues are stifling new product development which is leaving Rain Bird behind in the industry. New technologies are not being incorporated into new products. Management dose not value their employees. Even employees that perform well will be eliminated because of the forced ranking system. The employees are scared to speak up at all.

    Advice to Management

    Do not lose sight of the new technologies that are being used in ALL other industries. Without the incorporation of these new technologies Rain Bird will continue to slip behind its competitors.


  7. Helpful (2)

    product sales manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    solid company, performance driven, some great people

    Cons

    too much reporting, reports, matrix management, political,


  8. Helpful (3)

    Bird's losing all its feathers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to learn and have a job - Contribute on different fronts - Cooperative floor personnel - Decent pay if in Tucson (would advice against relocation)

    Cons

    Where should I start - Complete circus with multiple ringmasters trying to move the company in different directions - Company objectives change every 6 months (or sometimes after every Strap Plan Meeting) - Too many chiefs and not enough Indians - Layoffs/Resignations every quarter - People demoted and moved around into divisions that they have no clue about - Clueless managers running the divisions

    Advice to Management

    I have stopped giving free advice since no one wants to hear it. They would rather pay for it.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Looking back makes me shudder.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Northeast, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in Northeast, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly co- workers all with horror stories regarding upper management. Lots of rumors and interesting stories.

    Cons

    After moving on a couple of years ago, I really do shudder as the title states. There is a very abnormal, unhealthy culture at Rain Bird; One that you will never experience again in your career. Management seems to think they are moving the needle when in actuality, the company clearly struggles with identity in the marketplace. Sales are declining. They are not an industry leader. Innovation comes from competitors. Arrogance is a distinct trade mark of the organization in the market. As you examine your career, steer clear. Look at the market if you are new to it. Talk to competitors, distributors, former employees. You will gain a very clear picture of Rain Bird. It is not a positive picture of growth and collaboration. It is a culture of being second guessed, questioned and drilled down. The irony of the situation is the customer base consists of very simple people. It is not a challenging market to sell into. The end users buy from distributors they are friendly with and they buy based on product familiarity not feature sets that develop in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    To the owner: Read the comments in the Cons section. It is time to sell and move on. The company is stagnated and going no where. New vibrant creative ownership is needed. It is the next step for Rain Bird Corporation.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Cannot change this bird's spots.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand still has credibility in retail market; however, brand losing acceptance among commercial customers.

    Cons

    Left RB a couple of years ago. Recently invited to return. After two rounds of conversations, it was clear that leadership is still out of touch with reality. Smart talented individuals still are seen as threats to the man at the top and his cadre of so called leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company while you still have something worth buying. There is no hope for RB's leadership team


  11. Helpful (3)

    Stay Far away from this company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Azusa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers. A lot of very talented people to work with, A good place to meet contacts that you will need when you get cut

    Cons

    Poor management. Ranking system is outdated and creates a very high turnover and poor moral. If you like a job that you always wonder everyday you go to work is it going to be your last, then Rain Bird is the company for you. It was an excellent company many years ago, but sadly those days are gone.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new management team and stop the reign of fear



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