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Rain Bird Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great coworkers, quality products, and a well-known brand (in 21 reviews)

  • San Diego office - great people to work with - good environment (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 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great Employees and Attractive Compensation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a results-oriented and hard working person, Rain Bird can be very rewarding and may present a long-term employment. Almost all positions are very hands-on. Quite flat as an organization, so don't expect big titles.

    Cons

    Rain Bird is a private company and hence is pretty closed in terms of sharing financial results even with its employees.

    Rain Bird Response

    Jun 5, 2017 – Sr Manager Communications

    Thank you for your input and pointing out we are a results oriented company who employs self-motivated individuals.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Room for improvement at Rainbird"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very stable, established company. Lots of procedures for getting things done. Very willing to invest in new tools and training. Great place to work if you like the status quo.

    Cons

    Ultra conservative company. Lots of red tape as a result of all the procedures. Aging employee base, does not hire young and energetic people. Primarily because they are always looks for very experienced people. However, in doing so they miss on new, fresh ideas from younger people.

    Benefits are average at best. Only 2 week vacations per year for starting employees and 9 observed company holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Hire younger employees and don't be afraid to change the way things are done. Improve employee benefits.

  3. "SO MANY BAD REVIEWS; IS THIS POSSIBLE? YES IT IS, I LIVED IT."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Distributor Manager in Southeast Owasco, NY
    Current Employee - Distributor Manager in Southeast Owasco, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pro here is the overwhelming critical reviews. Giving folk a good idea to avoid the organization. They all ring true. Why no response from Rain Bird regarding negative reviews? Difficult to defend your position when the reviews are consistently negative. Very negative. No doubt the consistent negative reviews in Glass Door are a topic of discussion within the ownership/management ranks. The discussion is how to deal with them, not how to make the company a better place to work.

    Cons

    Just read the reviews. All are accurate from ownership comments thru management. Look for current and former employees to offer their opinion and experience at Rain Bird.

    Advice to Management

    Read the reviews. Are they all inaccurate? Or are they the former employees who cant work up to the standard of Rain Bird? Keep telling yourself that. Helps you deal with the continued cultural and business failures of the company, while the competition continues to dominate the market.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it unless you have very thick skin"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays the bills, good employees

    Cons

    Directors need business 101 training

    Advice to Management

    Too late to change the culture unless.........


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Out of Date and Inefficient"

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

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot of good skills to put on my resume. If you show initiative, you can go far.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment. Such an inefficient system, it's impossible to get anything innovative done without jumping through a million hoops. This is also an awful environment for women since there are maybe 10 women for every 100 and the men are constantly acting inappropriately towards women

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money on the online part of Rain Bird. It's 2017, the world is only going to get more digital. The Rain Bird website is already so outdated.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "OVER METRICIZED AND UNDER HUMANIZED"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Middle management and below share a common bond of survival, in which, they understand their sustenance requires a pseudo teamwork mentality. All great and successfully talented individuals coexisting on a rudderless boat.

    Cons

    Rain Bird is a very flat organization with antiquated leadership - it prides itself on a brand that has long moved from an industry service leader to a commodity market. In today's market, when consumers think of sprinklers they look to cost - not brand.

    Technology and development in the irrigation industry is common place to all competitors, which is why consumers no longer think Rain Bird - but, the company continues to live in Never land and hopes its employees never find the truth.

    In addition, upper management at Rain Bird is deaf to suggestions (internal and external) and operates a near term business model (quarter to quarter) - this will ultimately be the doom of the company.

    Rain Bird epitomizes a company that exhausted its vision, vacated its support for change, displaced employees for profit, and has failed to adapt to the new business environment.

    Clearly, if this was a publicly traded company the CEO and directors would be ousted - on day one. They know it which is why the company will not go public. These individuals are symbolic of our government - they do nothing for the people but everything to preserve their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on your path - it is better to have all the bad apples ( upper management) in one place, rather than in other companies which would significantly downgrade the industry as a whole.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Strongly advise not to relocate for this company. Listen to the other warnings posted here."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    They have hired some of the most professional and capable people in their fields. They don't stay long, however. This COULD be an amazing company. Great products, strong brand, profitable. A great takeover candidate for someone with deep pockets. Nearly all of the directors would need to go except for a couple.

    Cons

    All of the one star ratings I have read here are truthful. Pay attention to them. Most toxic culture I've ever been exposed to. Bait and switch is used to recruit here. Be warned. They will face class action at some point for this tactic. All of the high ratings are obvious plants.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company. Then resign.

  8. "Sales Rep."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    Very good salary and compensation

    Cons

    Difficult to grow in the company

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    Rain Bird Response

    Jun 16, 2017 – Sr Manager Communications

    Thank you for your input, we appreciate your feedback on career growth.


  9. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    Excellent company best in the industry

    Cons

    Big territory to cover in the region

    Rain Bird Response

    Jun 5, 2017 – Sr Manager Communications

    Thank you for your support. Happy you are enjoying working at Rain Bird.


  10. "Rewarding place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    Talented and dedicated people. Strong results driven culture. Great salary and benefits. Quality products that help people use water efficiently.

    Cons

    Runs lean - can be plus or minus - everyone has a lot on their plate- prioritization is key. Need to be a self-starter to succeed here.

    Rain Bird Response

    Jun 5, 2017 – Sr Manager Communications

    Thank you for your support.


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