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Rain Bird Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great coworkers, quality products, and a well-known brand (in 20 reviews)

  • Pay is good for the area, great people to work with (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 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company but not for everyone!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very talented co-workers, great pay, challenging roles and good career growth opportunities make this a good company to work for. People who are suited for this company, tend to stay for many many years. Those that cannot cope are usually gone within a year or two. If you like challenges and willing to work hard, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Negativity from some staff members, lack of communication from senior management down the line and some uninspiring work spaces are cons

    Advice to Management

    Remove the negative people, motivate the performers by talking to them more openly and sell your decisions and this company will go to greater heights


  2. "Support Enginer/Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (2)

    "Senior Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Regional Sales Manager"

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

    Pros

    There were some really talented people in the rank and file however they never stay long, either mistreated or tire of the relentless incompetence of the upper management and there worship of Jack Welch. Time to read a new book Tony ( Owner )

    Cons

    The cons are many... They are very secretive never sharing any information about the company. They are also paranoid. ridiculous security for products that have been reverse engineered years ago by all of there competitors? They worship Jack Welch. I was asked after 2 weeks to determine who I will fire? They focus on creating an annual check list then regardless of changes in the market or situation they MUST check off boxes so they can say they completed the task. There mission and vision are written but not followed by anyone. There is a reason they have such incredible turn over. Hard to make quality products, relationships or growth when there are new people every 90 days.

    Advice to Management

    Read a new book. The workforce today will not tolerate the type of culture that exists at RainBird. The buildings are like morgues no life at all. The management as zero leadership skills. They can make a list and execute the items on the list but actually sharing a vision and getting the organization to support them is absent. The owner has turned over all stock to family and key employees have no real reason to build a career. If the family cares about the brand the best solution is to sell the company to John Deere and eliminate all current management members. Give them a nice little parting bonus and then watch the brad soar under the guidance of real leadership


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Sales Organization Critique"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor Account Manager in Northeast, NY
    Former Employee - Contractor Account Manager in Northeast, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I left several years ago. I was in the Turf sales organization. As I look at the reviews I shuttered, remembering the experience. Inept suck up management team to the dysfunctional silver spooned owner who has no handle on reality of the modern day workforce and motivating them to have a passion for Rain Bird. It is dead in there. Totally dead and devoid of life and the joy of going to work.
    They were once a leader, but now follow Hunter, Toro and others into the market with me too products. They have been declining for many years and are considered a real joke in the Northeast particularly from the independent distribution channel that they have alienated. Hunter has embraced them and made great gains and has terrific support from the channel.
    The Rain Bird owner could not handle the increased distribution power of the channel so he thought he could go direct to the contractors with catastrophic results.
    They don't get it and they never will. You senior managers are the worst and you know who I am talking about. Good people have been mistreated and been basically screwed.
    IF you are in sales, stay away.
    This is written in the Pro section because there are no positive comments. Stay away if you value your career and quality of life. Simply put; The place sucks. Sorry to be blunt, but its true.

    Cons

    Glass Door~ You need to post this to protect those who are considering a sales position at this rancid company. This is a public service announcement.

    Advice to Management

    You nasty vile people will get yours some day. One can only hope. You have done nothing in the market in years and live off prior success by selling to contractors that don't know any better. I won't offer an opinion about the other functional groups, but the sales and management team is the worst.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Worst company to work for in any industry. President and direct reports lack vision and integrate. Terrible culture."

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fair if you can last. Good people lower in the ranks of the company doing their best to add value.

    Cons

    Poor management approach for making decisions. Quick to push the blame for poor decisions to the lower ranks. Senior executives do not value their employees. High turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Replace president.


  8. "Payroll Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Azusa, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and very professional atmosphere,they show their employees how much they appreciate them.

    Cons

    I don't have any Cons. It was the best experience for me.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Do not bother to apply here !!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Previous products were very good quality , presently they are mediocre and require repairs.

    Cons

    Poor Upper Management
    Very high turnover especially in sales
    Management keeps making the same mistakes over and over

    Advice to Management

    Get train in proper skills especially how to treat your employees !


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Build Engineer Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Build Engineering Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Build Engineering Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rain Bird (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting project, fantastic people! Very much a team environment. Everyone considers everything about project, works towards a good end, does not tear people down at all. Management that listens, and gets you what you need.

    Cons

    Special project, wish it could have been longer.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you so much. I had a blast!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Rain Bird Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rain Bird full-time

    Pros

    Good supervisor. Decent parking. Healthcare insurance. Nice office chair. Decent desk space.

    Cons

    No investment in personnel to reach excellence - use large temporary work force, not enough staff so employees stretched too thin to achieve excellence in quality, service and product development. No concern for the high turnover. No investment in technology to link all operating systems Obsession with nickels and dimes. Excessive time spent by management writing financial reports and narratives, instead of driving business through innovation and staff development.

    Advice to Management

    Value the staff - provide better 401K matching, provide better raises for work well done, value administrative positions, provide solid raises any time an employee absorbs another position's work.



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