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Rain Bird Reviews

Updated April 9, 2018
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Pros
  • Good pay, high pressure and growing (in 29 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Upper management really, really sucks and puts you in a figurative sleeper hold (in 23 reviews)

  • Managers manage the HR process of corrective action/replacement of 10% of staff each year and they don't really manage the business (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Coming to Rain Bird was one of the best professional decisions I have made"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It really is a global company and the chance you are given to learn and be a part of the decision-making process is something I never experienced in my previous roles

    You get to work with the best of the best. Because of Rain Bird recruiting strategy and the level of detail they put into it, you really end up working with the best people in the world.

    Senior staff and upper management are really approachable without the bureaucracy you experience in other companies.

    You never get bored. You are presented with new challenges and projects all the time and it definitely keeps you interested and motivated.

    Promotions and career development are highly encouraged.

    Cons

    Benefits for positions in Mexico could be improved.
    Not a lot of formal training, coaching or mentoring opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of Autonomy and amazing ability to take care of your customers.
    Perks are amazing!
    Team environment

    Cons

    Sr Management is very disconnected and stale

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Business Leader in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Business Leader in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good and talented people. Pays well but not worth the immaturity that good people have to put up with from the leadership.

    Cons

    Myopic leadership views. Huge turnover. As a leader in the organization, I was told I didn’t need to see the budget that I was responsible for because understanding the budget was on a need to know basis. Horrible culture of fear. I would not recommend working here at all.


  4. "Do Not Look at This Company. Simply Avoid it as a Potential Employer"

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competent sales staff under tremendous pressure that is not fact based. Great deal of favoritism. Target good sales team members for notice and dismissal.

    Cons

    Unfair political evaluation of sales team. Not fact or truth based. Outstanding talented sales team members put on a plan and eventually let go.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in competent senior management. Current directors have been in roles too long. Incompetent, no new strategies. Losing market share. Negative image with distributors.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Absolutely intolerable work environment for most people-Don't do it!!"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Former Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with smart, talented employees. Rain Bird produces Industry-leading products and services. Slightly higher than average base pay. That is all!

    Cons

    I'm not going to waste time giving constructive criticism because the senior staff won't listen anyway. But, I do feel an obligation to those of you considering this as a career move. DONT!!! Most of the reviews are true, even the ones that sound like angry rants. There are plenty of good jobs out there, don't waste 6-18 months of your career here, figuring out lessons that you can just read in the reviews.

    Advice to Management

    None-you wouldn't know what to do with it anyway.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Leave a Good Job for Rain Bird (don't leave a bad job either)"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Azusa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First level pier groups are great people to work with.

    Cons

    Abusive Managers (stay away from the agriculture group).
    Management sets you up to fail. There is no process at Rain Bird.
    Marketing positions last 6 to 8 months. Most are asked to resign.
    Flat organization. No advancement.
    Windowless work environment with high cubicle walls.
    No creative stimulation.
    Did I mention, "STAY AWAY FROM AGRICULTURE"!!!! (marketing, manufacturing, quality and engineering jobs)

    Advice to Management

    You are loosing your best and brightest. Figure out how to keep them.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth the stress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, networking and team are about it.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and game plan. Sold the vacant position as a new role when in actually, previous role members experienced too many hurdles in-house and destroyed the possibility of immediate desired success. Clean-up of historical failures of the product and services was the the true need.

    Advice to Management

    Exercise some patience and get some REAL leaders in the regional role, not just a jaw-jabbing puppet with no management experience.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "I hardly understand the negativity"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average pay
    Great team environment
    Lots of autonomy
    Amazing travel opportunities
    In the last three years of sales meetings, of approximately 200 people present I notice less than 5% turnover. Those are real numbers and no I'm not a "plant" or "misguided" employee. I enjoy working here and feel I am led by competent and professional individuals. I cannot speak for hourly or factory based employees, however.
    I am given much freedom to run my territory as I chose, within limitations of course. The limitations are beyond reasonable.
    FYI, just because you got fired for not being competent or successful, does not mean you are credible with a negative review.

    Cons

    Mediocre benefits
    Can be a little old fashioned

    Advice to Management

    A little more fun activities could go a long way with employees. Sometimes things are too serious and mundane.
    I wish senior management were more engaged with regular employees who are out in the trenches everyday. A simple phone call once a year would work. Sometimes they are seen as distant and unapproachable.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    it is a great product and company

    Cons

    Nothing it was a great company


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    The assortment of talent in every group is simply amazing. The company presents a unique opportunity to interact with a bunch of very smart and highly talented people.

    Cons

    Worst leadership and management.
    No direction on the role. Its a highly political environment. Practically playing hunger games everyday for survival in your job.

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve employee retention by improving leadership and motivating employees in their roles.


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