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"Cesspool of Leadership"

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

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

Pros

Makes you appreciate your next job.

Cons

Does not help your career. Common lie to suggest people who leave go on to better jobs for having worked at Rain Bird. People leave and get better jobs because they are good caliber people other companies recognize and genuinely value. Simple question, if Rain Bird is such a great business environment, and the talent acquisition process so thorough, why does turnover remain so high? Simple answer, deceitful managers and senior leadership prostituting the value of the company for personal agendas and self preservation.

Advice to Management

Quit capitalizing the "M" in Management. It's insulting to true professionals everywhere.

Other Employee Reviews for Rain Bird

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good, Bad, and Ugly... real ugly."

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    Current Employee - Commercial Sales/Marketing
    Current Employee - Commercial Sales/Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great product, significant $ spent on engineering, entrepreneurial, market leader, tend to be some quality people spread throughout organization.

    Cons

    >BENEFITS: Subpar. As a private company a significant amount of costs are passed on to employees. Make sure to factor in when negotiating salary.
    >TURN OVER: Archaic forced ranking system where 10% of each group must be replaced annually. Problem is that even performers will end up on "Performance Improvement" due to the CYA mentality. This also results in lack of commitment from employees as they are always looking to protect themselves from getting fired. Spend the majority of my time training new hires and getting them up to speed.
    >TRAINING: No real training. You are on your own to learn your duties. Plus everyone is worried about getting fired so there is minimal team work and it seems that peers want you to fail to ensure they don't loose their jobs.
    >MANAGEMENT: Managers are so worried about losing their jobs they do not do their jobs. I have been asked to put together programs that are not needed BUT my manager is trying to cover his arse even if lowers the companies profit. Imagine what the owner would say if he knew that we have been instructed to give away 15% of his profits to maintain the right internal perception.
    >FORCED RANKING: All employees are forced ranked based on perception not actual results. This creates a culture of people focussing on saving their jobs versus being productive. I know it sounds ridiculous but it is the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Hire within industry and work to keep employees. The most successful companies seem to be those that have tenured employees. Times have changed and employees want to be valued not seen as a commodity.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "It's a grind"

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    Former Employee - Other Corporate Services in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Other Corporate Services in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a bad work/life balance
    The best and most talented people I have ever worked with...bar none.
    Good wages for Tucson.

    Cons

    -You will not retire from here. Less than 20% of all hires makes it to five years.
    -You can go from star to goat overnight, through no fault of your own.
    -Once you are on the target list, there is nothing you can do to fix it.
    -There is no career development. No one will ever give you accurate information how to succeed. Your manager will not spend any time to help you develop skills needed to become more valuable.
    -Their stated goal is to have average benefits. They fall somewhat short.
    -A word about succession planning - All senior staff members (there were 24 in 2012) are required to have one approved backup. Some are required to have two. So, conservatively, they should have about 30 people in their ranks ready to move up. As of Q1 2012, that number was 0 (ZERO). Company-wide!!! What do you think your chances are of moving up?

    Advice to Management

    I doesn't matter. Sooner or later, the talented people of the world will realize that this is not where they want to spend their career. Tony will be dead by the time that happens, so he will never feel the need to change.

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