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Updated December 9, 2016
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Anthony LaFetra
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Pros
  • Great coworkers, quality products, and a well-known brand (in 20 reviews)

  • Pay is good for the area, great people to work with (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Negativity from some staff members, lack of communication from senior management down the line and some uninspiring work spaces are cons (in 32 reviews)

  • Upper management really, really sucks and puts you in a figurative sleeper hold (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "It's an unhappy place that can pay well."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, quality products, and a well-known brand. However, it's a sad thing to watch highly qualified people with strong records of accomplishment come in and be unsuccessful for reasons they are never sure of.

    Cons

    The high turnover rate is by design and championed by the top leadership because it is a requirement. Expect to have little ability to influence key decisions.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Rain Bird Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    Good supervisor. Decent parking. Healthcare insurance. Nice office chair. Decent desk space.

    Cons

    No investment in personnel to reach excellence - use large temporary work force, not enough staff so employees stretched too thin to achieve excellence in quality, service and product development. No concern for the high turnover. No investment in technology to link all operating systems Obsession with nickels and dimes. Excessive time spent by management writing financial reports and narratives, instead of driving business through innovation and staff development.

    Advice to Management

    Value the staff - provide better 401K matching, provide better raises for work well done, value administrative positions, provide solid raises any time an employee absorbs another position's work.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay but throw out your MBA. I loved the people but not the management.

    Cons

    The Directors are the least qualified of all the employees. The owner is old school and weird.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management doesn't need any advice as they know it all.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Everybody tries hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good quality products. Stable, well established company and industry. There are a few major competitors, and a few new comers which will not last.

    Cons

    Interesting organizational chemistry. I actually like working here from a team perspective. Good employees, professionally astute but beaten down. Initiative discouraged, though officially promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Many here for their entire professional lives. No broad experience, but very dedicated. Half a downside, I guess. Biggest issue is that no decisions are truly left to anyone below senior management.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Great place but company don't take care of people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, people with great experience

    Cons

    Upper management don't take care of people they are allowing people to leave with years of experience, and give control of departments to people with absolutely no experience on the field, taking stupid decisions for product and company

    Advice to Management

    Take care of people, the mayority how have leave will probabbly continue working there if the correct decisions were made


  7. Helpful (44)

    "Not a wise choice"

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    Former Employee - President/Business Unit Director in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - President/Business Unit Director in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are good to excellent. With more than a decade of terrible reviews and rankings available online to the savvy job seeker, ("worst companies to work for" will produce much), Rain Bird is forced to pay extremely well to fill the quotas each hiring manager is tasked with. Due to forced rankings and scheduled firings "we're always hiring." Tucson and Azusa are also very nice places to live. For the time you'll work there.

    Cons

    This may sound facetious, but you must not think of Rain Bird as a company. Think of it as a kingdom, with CEO Tony LaFetra as the 80-year-old Prince who inherited it. His parents were reportedly brilliant, his mother especially, and he knows in his heart he can't fill their shoes. That he should try to do so is unfair to him, actually. How could one person replace the two excellent minds who founded the company? Nevertheless, he has attempted to do so, and his shortcomings have led to long-standing insecurities, paranoia, closed-mindedness and a poisonous culture of fear.

    Due to his advanced age and infirmities he is simply out of touch with modern business practices. Spending time with Tony is akin to taking a trip back to an earlier era, a time when women stayed in the home, blacks couldn't use a white drinking fountain, and commies and homos were going to bring this nation to ruin. Opinions contrary to Tony's on ANY topic are incredibly risky. He will occasionally rant so shrilly and absurdly that you think he must be joking. He's not. Laugh at your peril.

    Remember, this is a kingdom, with a bent and shriveled, declining ruler. A ruler who already knows everything he needs to, knows in advance everything you could possibly voice, and has a son your age or older and thus sees you as a foolish child yourself. Forget that you may have a couple decades of successful corporate productivity and several advanced degrees under you belt. Tony alone knows what's best. Any change is to be viewed with suspicion and disdain. And no one is important to the kingdom except Tony. You are a cipher and a drain on his personal finances. The moment he has a whim to replace or release you, it will be done. No matter how long you have been his subject. No matter what you have accomplished for Rain Bird.

    There are so many great companies to work for in this country. Benefits, vacation, flexible work hours, corporate perquisites, even simply a pleasant place to be every day, are readily available just about anywhere. Rain Bird is simply not a wise choice.

    If you must ignore all the evidence and seek employment here because the high salary they'll offer has done exactly what it has been calculated to do, at least insulate yourself from the inevitable: Don't move your family. Don't pull your kids out of their schools. Don't buy a house if you do move. Rent instead. Keep yourself nimble and unattached. Your hiring manager will eventually have a bonus line item that specifically profits him to fire you. You personally. It will be based on a timing and ranking calculation that is longstanding and brutal. If he doesn't fire you, eventually it will be noticed and questioned by Tony and that is never a pleasant experience. Turnover is required at Rain Bird. Your time will come. I lost many excellent employees at various levels and made a great deal of money doing it.

    And then my own time came.

    Good luck to you.

    Advice to Management

    Seek peace, Tony, before it is too late.


  8. Helpful (17)

    "Hostile"

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

    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 Management

    Stand up to the tyrant


  9. Helpful (7)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Hard to be happy here."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    All of your co-workers are completely competent and skilled.
    Solid brand (except for the work environment), high quality products.
    Financially very secure and able to invest.

    Cons

    Being paranoid of what could go wrong and a devil's advocate for reasons not to progress are considered badges of honor.
    Everyone in the company is looking for a better opportunity, but Rain Bird pays well and similar jobs in Tucson, AZ are hard to find.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't matter. The advice will be ignored, anyway. Even managers at the highest level shut down their desires to change this company for the better, or they will be shown the door.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Dont plan on staying long"

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    • 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 only pro is that they pay better than the competition. They have the best products on the market and the best people at the sales and product management level

    Cons

    They have to pay better, because it is such a poor working environment.
    Benefits are terrible
    upper management is focused on wrong things.
    no feeling of support for employees
    High turnover of product managers, Engineers and sales people.

    Advice to Management

    Update your management style to the new century. If you continue to do what you have always done the 60% turnover rate is never going to change.



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