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Helpful (3)

"You'll either love it or hate it"

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  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Account Manager
Former Employee - Account Manager
No opinion of CEO

Pros

great field sales position with a true hands on approach with products
provides company vehicle and multiple trips to Tucson, AZ
good team environment among other account managers
sales are through distributors, so there are no direct orders
competitive base salary
well educated staff
benefits include cell phone, laptop, home office

Cons

employee review sets you up for a poor score when the organization bases sales on revenue not units and you are operating in a "down" economy
high turnover of product managers
products are slow to market requiring years of R&D
sales are through distributors
it takes a lot of kissing up to move up in the company
if you don't like excel spreadsheets, don't work there

Advice to Management

provide intranet/on-line methods of tracking and reporting

Other Employee Reviews for Rain Bird

  1. Helpful (9)

    "Prepare your thick skin if you want to work here....."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Rain Bird admittedly only looks for and hires "the best of the best" -- so you will work with many bright, innovative people
    -The company is ethical and conservative in its business dealings and has been around since the 30's...
    -Quality is targeted in every aspect of the operation...from administration to production line...quality isn't merely hype at Rain Bird...it is literally THE expectation (and nothing less)

    Cons

    -I have never worked anywhere where employee morale was so horrible -- all areas, all levels, all locations...employee morale is unbelievably low
    -Big brother is watching...your email, your voicemail, the company even traces your internet activity......so much for trust
    -The company forces all managers to "grade" all employees from A - F on a regular basis, according to a normal distribution, so each manager only has a small # of A's..more B-C's, then forceably some D's and F's. (Employee's are mostly unaware of this directly because it isn't shared--but if you are a D or F, you will know because your manager will receive constant and direct pressure from on high to move you OUT!) This is an ugly process
    -The turnover is ridiculous -- in all departments. It's so bad the company has an unwritten policy to never distribute information about "departures", the only notification is when an email is returned as undeliverable....no matter how key the position.
    -The company is private, and so obsessively private it is ridiculous. The culture is outright paranoia about disclosure or dissemination of information...so much so that at times employees don't have the information necessary to do their job...even if they are held accountable for it.
    -HR is a joke, and that is kind. Lead by a former accountant with zero HR training or background, and this is obvious...HR at Rain Bird is about as human as a general ledger.... put simply...HR has one of highest turnover rates in the company. Enough said.
    -What training or documented job descriptions and procedures?

    Advice to Management

    --Ask yourself why so many good people leave. Sorry, but the "can't take it line" is a loser...since you only hire "the best of the best", submitting people to endless (sometimes more than 4-5 interviews), you either across the board stink at hiring, or something is wrong. Something is wrong. So much talent has left here! Very, Very, Very good talent.
    --hire an outside firm, or even use an independent internet site to survey your employees anonymously--nobody trusts the ridiculous internal survey HR developed because everybody knows HR can identify the submitting party (and at Rain Bird, HR is not seen an advocate of the employee)
    -listen to the outside consulting firm, harvest a culture of trust and innovation and creativity. Your current evaluation and ranking system and rush to push people out limits creativity and initiative because a simple mistake by yourself (or your boss who can pass it on to you) can be your demise.
    -use technology, please.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "stay away!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is pretty decent and the benefits are great. The company is also good at flexible scheduling and supporting the education of it's employees.

    Cons

    There is little to no morale and it is a rather depressing place to work. If you come in with no hopes of advancing in your career, then you picked the right place.

    Advice to Management

    Encouragement and support of your employees might work better than demoralizing them. Nobody wants to work for a company that doesn't appreciate them.

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