Rain Bird Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated April 12, 2014
Updated April 12, 2014
239 Reviews
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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)

  • Rain Bird makes a quality product and has the potential to be a truly great company (in 18 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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overwhelming

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Lack of information necessary to make good decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information, empower employees

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Expect to work long hours under a hostile environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay with subpar benefits. You work with talented people until they are gone.

    Cons

    Outdated forced ranking puts good people on corrective action process, even if they don't deserve it. This system does not foster team work. You are under gestapo scrutiny all the time and there is a lot of hostility. HR is horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no real management as they just follow orders coming from the owner, who is becoming more paranoid every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Unnecessarily stressful work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Exceptional people for the most part. Leading manufacturer of irrigation equipment so the opportunities to learn are fantastic.

    Cons

    Work environment is the worst I have ever experienced. The sad part is it does not have to be. Most employees are exceptional in what they do and left alone could be extremely productive. Management sees things differently however and seems to believe they must force productivity through intimidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back off. You presumably hire high quality people for a reason. Respect their opinions, give them the opportunity to try things - even if they fail occasionally.

    Stop being so secretive. When high-level decisions are made about the direction the company is going, communicate it to the employees to get their buy-in. Things will run more smoothly if everyone is working together.

    Abandon the incentive-type bonus structure and replace it with a profit-sharing plan. The organization is not structured properly to create sensible year-long incentive plans so that sort of bonus simply frustrates employees and results in unnecessary interdepartmental conflict. A profit-sharing plan will encourage everyone to work toward the common goal of increasing profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over worked and no reward for performance.

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    Current Employee - Distributor Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Distributor Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits.
    Peers are talented.
    Good resources to do job.

    Cons

    No career growth.
    Management out of touch...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and bring in new management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    To survive at Rain Bird you need to work more and complain less

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    It is a good salary, pays the bills. If you are honest and keep working hard you will survive. I don't think everything is bad with Rain Bird. Acknowledge goals are hard to reach, but such is life. You better work hard and complain less

    Cons

    Senior Management is not really looking for our opinion, most of top directives are at conflict with each other, there is little cooperation between working groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of good people with very good experience, should listen to them. Post mortem reviews could give good hints to others following...

    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Steer clear of Rain Bird if you are searching for career growth opportunities!

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    Former Employee - Engineering Group Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Group Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Co-workers in general are great people ---- lots of teamwork among the engineers.

    Cons

    All the reasons posted in other reviews are relevant here! "Accountability Without Authority" should be the company slogan. Employee empowerment is non-existent. The bonus structure is intentionally rigged to guarantee that an employee cannot meet their goals that would trigger actually receiving a bonus. Most of the manufacturing is done in Mexico, and engineers are expected to spend lots of time down at the plants there making sure that production is actually taking place. There is no such thing as a "Production Engineer" at Rain Bird ---- it is expected that a design engineer will manage the production team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback is futile ---- Senior Management is not interested in feedback. They are only interested in making sure they are not targeted for execution by Tony LaFetra.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of turnover, many jobs moving to Mexico

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Pretty good salary, good employees, good benefits

    Cons

    Many people come and go frequently, not many long term career opportunities. Most of the manufacturing, customer service, engineering and accounting departments are moving to Mexico or even China or India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the good employees your hire for information on the market

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rain Bird is not an easy company to work for, but rewards results.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Provides a challenging work environment; i.e., proving yourself by delivering results can lead to other opportunites within Rain Bird and other companies. People who leave Rain Bird do well in the irrigation industry and elsewhere.
    Rain Bird is the leader in its industry and manufactures products that can benefit the planet.
    Rain Bird hires a lot of top notch talent.
    Salaries seem to be competitive.

    Cons

    Periodic downsizing cycles.
    Securing the resources to accomplish results can be a challenge.
    Different divisions of the company at times seem to work at odds against each other.
    Amenities can be lean - most, but not all, mid-level employees have offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more of a strategic view in making business decisions.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rain Bird is a terrible place to work. It will be much better once Tony LaFetra makes his last move.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Rain Bird

    Pros

    There are very smart people at Rain Bird. Some pockets are well run. Rain Bird also pays very well.

    Cons

    It is currently like Rain Bird does not know what it wants. They are unwilling to invest in product developments that are necessary to maintain competitiveness in an increasingly competetive industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate openly with employees. Let them know what the vision is for Rain Bird. There is NO honest communication along those lines. But that is not surprizing considering the owner is in his seventies and probably is actively trying to unload the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    I cannot recommend Rain Bird to anyone.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Rain Bird

    Pros

    Benefits were OK and in general, the non-management people were good people. Otherwise, there is not much to talk about.

    Cons

    Poor management, no direction, very satisfied with the status quo, placed no value in employees below the director level. Too focused on policies and procedures to the point of absurdity. Mandates would come down from upper management with no explanation, and make absolutely no sense. I honestly do not know how the command such a high market share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect, empower your employees, take some risks. Involve your employees in decisions instead of making them in a bubble. Stop the non-sense of ridiculous policies and procedures that hamper any type of innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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