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Rain Bird Arizona Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay but throw out your MBA (in 28 reviews)

  • Great coworkers, quality products, and a well-known brand (in 22 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 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good company that is embracing change"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a team oriented company that pays well and has good benefits. They are working hard to listen to employees to improve employees experience so they can succeed. There are lots of opportunities to advance your career, but you have to take the initiative to pursue.

    Cons

    Things do not change rapidly, but are changing

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees who have new views of how to make things better

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of broad experience based on minimal staffing. Opportunity to grow for top performers, only. Not having to worry about job security, because you are always being evaluated for elimination.

    Cons

    Stifled word environment. Excessive justification for bottom up projects, minimal justification for management pet projects. Leads to lack of direction. Retroactive promotions if any at all.

    Advice to Management

    The complete HR organization is broken. Replace it.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Good Bridge job"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Old Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Old Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They use the golden handcuff approach to attempt to retain highly skilled people. The product serves a purpose for the public for keeping grass green and general irrigation purposes... thats about it for the Pros

    Cons

    The biggest group of incompetent Sr. managers ever assembled in one company. They utilize archaic methods of intimidation management to negatively energize the workforce and make employees fear for their jobs. There vision goes no farther than monthly profit reviews centered around keeping the owner happy and avoiding getting on the wrong side of his typically wrong perceptions of how well or poorly the company is operating

    Advice to Management

    Owner should sell the company and allow others to clear out the incompetent sr. management staff to hopefully recover any value left of the company.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Bad Management, not team focused"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok pay.
    Others on the team are good team players.

    Cons

    Management does not recognize hard work. Not forward thinking. No one is thinking about keeping employees or making employees happy.

    Advice to Management

    Better focus on employees, engagement and happiness.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Bad deal"

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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

    Great people and great product.

    Cons

    Terrible upper Management and no regards to the employees

    Advice to Management

    Owner should retire and right before that remove some of upper management


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Dirty Bird!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great peers and talent in the trenches.

    Cons

    Toxic corporate culture. The corpse rots from the head.

    Advice to Management

    Keep shopping the sale...the only thing that will bring the needed change.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "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


  9. Helpful (50)

    "Not a wise choice"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Disappointment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the most part the people that you work with are great and the pay is good.

    Cons

    Ownership and upper management are disconnected from reality.

    Advice to Management

    Management is still using techniques and styles for the 80's which do not work in today's economy. They need to revamp strategies and update management methods. Best thing would be to sell the company to someone who would put money and energy into the company because it has great potential.


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