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Pros
  • Great coworkers, quality products, and a well-known brand (in 21 reviews)

  • You work with talented people until they are gone (in 16 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 (1)

    "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vail, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vail, AZ

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

    Pros

    good for the time that I was there

    Cons

    not a full time gig


  2. "Support Enginer/Technician"

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    Former Employee - GSP ENGINEER/RBTS TECHNICIAN in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - GSP ENGINEER/RBTS TECHNICIAN in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One can become diversified with skills, some freedom to explore professional interests.

    Cons

    Tough culture, much required from an individual to remain, even more to excel.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company offers competitive pay which attracts talented people to work for it. The irrigation market itself is fun.

    Cons

    The turn over rate is quite high. The company set very high annual goals for product managers and sales managers. So the pressure is always high. It takes time to fill a position. However the company does not focus on keeping good employees. The company follows the market closely. When the market goes down, the company will not be hesitated to lay good people off immediately. When the market improves in 3 months, it is willing to pay extra and big relocation cost to hire new ones. A few good directors tried to change the company culture during the past 10 years. However they failed and left the company.

    Advice to Management

    This is a private family owned company. You are not able to change the company culture.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Everyone is a Temporary Employee except for the Presedent."

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good, if you have the right personality"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rain Bird pays well. They also have good benefits. They emphasize continuous improvement, although provide little training. Advancement is possible.

    Cons

    Rain Bird likes to hire career driven people who thrive in competition. This creates an atmosphere of extreme competition. Everyone tries to manage those around them. No one actually does much work. Every day at work felt like being a contestant on “Survivor.” If you thrive in a cut-throat, competitive environment and you are good at what you do, you will like Rain Bird.
    A lot of jobs are being sent to Mexico (Engineering, Human Resources, Accounting …)

    Advice to Management

    Instead of “transitioning out” people in the bottom 20% performance level, give them realistic training goals and provide them with resources. to achieve their goals.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "OK, but the people are great!"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Pays well, especially in the Tucson market
    - If you get the right manager, your career with Rain Bird can be great.

    Cons

    - Bad decision making by senior management
    - Overworked with unfair benefits (especially vacation time)
    - Poor processes in place to provide wise decision making
    - Strategy does not exist - everything is shoot from the hip

    Advice to Management

    Some senior staff members create a culture of fear with no opportunities for improvement or change. Working in these groups creates a bad atmophere.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Rainbird"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair salary and competitive salary
    Training
    Professional environment
    Good benefits

    Cons

    No career growth
    Constant replacement of managers
    Low moral

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to have better communication.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, robust processes, commitment to quality, commitment to growth, stable business in tough economy, appears to be economically sound with conservative decisions regarding spending.

    Cons

    More secretive than the CIA. Information is tough to come by, revolving door for many positions, aggressive ranking system that fosters distrust.

    Advice to Management

    The should realize the way they operate, it will make them warped in their thinking and make them @#$ kissers the rest of their lives.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Will management ever get it?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Roles are not specific so you can learn a lot of different areas. There is a lot of flexibility. Most of the people are hard-working and intelligent.

    Cons

    There is no communication. So much turnover that nothing gets done. Senior Management is not acknowledging that there is a problem and, in many cases, are contributing to the problems.

    Advice to Management

    You pride yourselves on hiring the best. Give these people the tools they need to succeed. Why are you surprised that people that have criticisms want to remain anonymous when anyone who brings up a problem is permanent labeled "negative"?


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay but don't expect to feel secure in your position. If you don't have an MBA forget about advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wages are above average for the area. Hours are good. There is no overtime therefore planning off time is reliable. The rank and file personnel are good, talented people.

    Cons

    I feel like a pawn in a game I have no idea of. This causes feelings of uncertain future. Are they moving to Mexico?

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people on the floor. Give better idea of the vision of the division. Control the inter-division rivalry and focus on the bottom line of the company, not the individual divisions. We are throwing away lots of money to satisfy the ego of some at other divisions. Look at a person's experience more than his education.


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