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Rain Bird San Diego Reviews

Updated July 28, 2017
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Anthony LaFetra
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Pros
  • Great coworkers, quality products, and a well-known brand (in 22 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. Helpful (7)

    "Room for improvement at Rainbird"

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    • 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.


  2. "Short term contract - thumbs up"

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    Former Contractor - Build Engineering Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Build Engineering Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Rain Bird as a contractor

    Pros

    San Diego office - great people to work with - good environment

    Cons

    I'm not still working there!

  3. Helpful (9)

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

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    • 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 !


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Build Engineer Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    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!


  5. Helpful (16)

    "Expect to work long hours under a hostile environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay with subpar benefits. You work with talented people until they are gone.

    Cons

    Outdated forced ranking puts good people on corrective action process, even if they don't deserve it. This system does not foster team work. You are under gestapo scrutiny all the time and there is a lot of hostility. HR is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    There is no real management as they just follow orders coming from the owner, who is becoming more paranoid every day.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Unnecessarily stressful work environment"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exceptional people for the most part. Leading manufacturer of irrigation equipment so the opportunities to learn are fantastic.

    Cons

    Work environment is the worst I have ever experienced. The sad part is it does not have to be. Most employees are exceptional in what they do and left alone could be extremely productive. Management sees things differently however and seems to believe they must force productivity through intimidation.

    Advice to Management

    Back off. You presumably hire high quality people for a reason. Respect their opinions, give them the opportunity to try things - even if they fail occasionally.

    Stop being so secretive. When high-level decisions are made about the direction the company is going, communicate it to the employees to get their buy-in. Things will run more smoothly if everyone is working together.

    Abandon the incentive-type bonus structure and replace it with a profit-sharing plan. The organization is not structured properly to create sensible year-long incentive plans so that sort of bonus simply frustrates employees and results in unnecessary interdepartmental conflict. A profit-sharing plan will encourage everyone to work toward the common goal of increasing profit.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Overwhelming"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Lack of information necessary to make good decisions

    Advice to Management

    Share more information, empower employees

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Over worked and no reward for performance."

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits.
    Peers are talented.
    Good resources to do job.

    Cons

    No career growth.
    Management out of touch...

    Advice to Management

    Leave and bring in new management.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "To survive at Rain Bird you need to work more and complain less"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a good salary, pays the bills. If you are honest and keep working hard you will survive. I don't think everything is bad with Rain Bird. Acknowledge goals are hard to reach, but such is life. You better work hard and complain less

    Cons

    Senior Management is not really looking for our opinion, most of top directives are at conflict with each other, there is little cooperation between working groups

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of good people with very good experience, should listen to them. Post mortem reviews could give good hints to others following...


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Steer clear of Rain Bird if you are searching for career growth opportunities!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Engineering Group Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Group Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers in general are great people ---- lots of teamwork among the engineers.

    Cons

    All the reasons posted in other reviews are relevant here! "Accountability Without Authority" should be the company slogan. Employee empowerment is non-existent. The bonus structure is intentionally rigged to guarantee that an employee cannot meet their goals that would trigger actually receiving a bonus. Most of the manufacturing is done in Mexico, and engineers are expected to spend lots of time down at the plants there making sure that production is actually taking place. There is no such thing as a "Production Engineer" at Rain Bird ---- it is expected that a design engineer will manage the production team.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback is futile ---- Senior Management is not interested in feedback. They are only interested in making sure they are not targeted for execution by Tony LaFetra.


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