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Rain Bird Reviews

Updated 10 Sep 2019

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271 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay, high pressure and growing(in 29 reviews)

  • "Quality products that help people use water efficiently(in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "Even the smallest decisions are made by Senior Management but the Product Manager is held responsible for the outcome(in 35 reviews)

  • "Upper Management should have the last say in interviews - otherwise the internal group come together against a person who would push for better(in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "Lots of opportunities with the lattitude and freedom to create value for the business."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    While they run a "pretty lean ship", this means that you have a lot of latitude to operate within your area of responsibility. Not a lot of oversight and/or micro-managing with a premium put on getting results within the context of the company culture (e.g getting results but not at the sacrifice of compliance or integrity).

    Cons

    If you require a lot of direction in your day-to-day work OR are not used to a fast-paced get results climate, this would not be a good place for you.

    Rain Bird2019-03-15
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away! Heed the warning."

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

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good products and good office locations.

    Cons

    Culture of fear. Hire , under false pretenses, and fire quickly.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. There is no hope.

    Rain Bird2019-09-10
  3. "Tough company to work as a manager"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Group Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The products are for a good purpose

    Cons

    Senior management is not good

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the forced bell curve ranking of employees

    Rain Bird2019-07-23
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nasty Place to Work. Brings out the very worst in people"

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    Current Employee - Nasty Place of Employment in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great weather in Tucson in winter

    Cons

    Culture of fear. Looking over shoulder. Never knowing what the week will bring. Talented people told they dont measure up. Competitors rule the market. Distributors work closely with competitors. tremendous advantage. RB lacks innovation and quality.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Candidates and prospects, move on. It's a train wreck off the rails.

    Rain Bird2019-08-22
  5. Helpful (2)

    "90% Of New Hires Are Fired Within 1st Year"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1950's style of hostile work environment.

    Cons

    New hires are on a tryout basis. You will be forced ranked your first month and every month after. Layoffs happen every quarter. You may get fired for the way you look, dress or talk. You will not get help from your peer group. If you think you are a top performer you are not. You are fresh meat to your new frenemies.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to new hires about forced rankings, quarterly layoffs and the entrepreneurial spirit. Stop moving candidates cross country to try them out. You are wrecking and bankrupting families. This is insidious behavior.

    Rain Bird2019-08-06
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Steelers, al"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Gadsden, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Nnj o chance of being hired on

    Rain Bird2019-07-16
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Busineess Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    Lively atmosphere with kind and sincere people

    Cons

    The pay could be better

    Rain Bird2019-05-23
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Meat Grinder, very little work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Pay and relocation (but you pay taxes on it)

    Cons

    Management - it's all about the numbers all of the time. If you are interested in a job that the person has "left", it is quite possible that they got fired.

    Advice to Management

    If you want people to succeed you need to provide them with the resources to do so.

    Rain Bird2019-05-21
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Contractor Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    Independence to complete your job. Company is highly focused on quality. Compensation is reasonable. There are a lot of good people working for the company to learn from.

    Cons

    Training is inadequate following an old school sink or swim mentality. Once hired a strategic company would immerse a new associate in their products and processes to speed up the rate at which someone new is prepared to make a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to bring company into current times. Many senior associates are stuck in the mud related to how things can be done to improve efficiencies.

    Rain Bird2019-03-28

    Rain Bird Response

    August 5, 2019Director Human Relations

    Thank you for your positive comments! Yes, there are many great people at Rain Bird, doing great things to help the world with the Intelligent Use of Water! We have noted your comment about training and we do have a new-hire orientation program in place and self-serve training modules ...

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  10. Helpful (6)

    "Culture of Fear"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    There is a good work life balance here.

    Cons

    As other reviewers have mentioned, there's a culture of fear here. Fear is used here as a misguided approach for motivating the team. You will be ignored - your years of programming experience mean nothing. Development and design standards were very poor. The loudest most aggressive person wins. Pace of development is extremely slow and we were often under tasked or not tasked at all.

    Advice to Management

    Using fear to motivate doesn't work unless you want to cultivate backstabbing and yes men. Try supporting the team and have their backs instead. Collaboration and cooperation are key. Know your boundaries and know what you don't know. Research technologies you are going to manage so that you will at least know the basics about them when you are leading the team.

    Rain Bird2019-04-17

    Rain Bird Response

    August 5, 2019Director Human Relations

    Thank you for your comments. Innovation is at the core of our values. Rain Bird is focused on developing exciting new methods for the Intelligent Use of Water, such as our Alexa-enabled control systems. We understand and value that innovative products like this, that combine several ...

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