Toro Company

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Toro Company Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
52 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most work groups work 40 hours a week which creates a good work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • good pay and relaxed work environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Long tenure and slow-no turnaround provides for very little growth opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overuse of long term contract workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intermediate Level Customer Service/Administrative in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Intermediate Level Customer Service/Administrative in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Toro Company as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great products, flexible management. Toro has been around for 100 years and their products have had a significant impact all over the world.

    Cons

    Many current employees have worked at Toro for their entire careers. There are few employees under the age of 30 and many leave for other opportunities because the company is stagnant and resistant to change. Management takes few risks and uses hundreds of temporary/contract workers instead of hiring for entry level positions. Upper management does not interact with workers below management level and has a poor sense of the needs of the employees. HR is ineffectual and does little to resolve interpersonal issues within departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take risks and be willing to open more positions when you have great workers instead of losing them to other companies. Toro needs to realize they need to invest in young people and reward those who exceed expectations in order to stay relevant in their next 100 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Zero Communication, Management completely disconnected, very do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Toro Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many long-term employees (life-ers). Nice vacation-buy program, wonderful core-values, many opprotunities for enrichment/education, many employee appreciation activites each year.

    Cons

    Managers aren't necessarily experienced in their areas of management meaning they have no idea what their employees actually do within their job. The wrong people are promoted. The day-to-day wins go unacknowledged however the hiccups are blown out of porportion. Change is very difficult to the employees who have been there for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your employees strengths to your advantage. Have reviews of the managers done by their employees. Many of the wrong people are in management positions by happenstance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Losing the interest of the best talent due to an environment which has become stale

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Software in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - IT Software in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays in the summer are great. Flexible work schedule and vacation have been much appreciated.

    There is a shiny new office building on campus (for a few teams) with generous windows and a new exercise facility. There are many opportunities for interns each year to get their feet wet in the corporate world.

    The culture is not fast-paced or grueling. Most of the time you work 40 hours and get flexibility with when to use your time-off. People talk about what's going on outside of work. There's a lot of really great people @ Toro. There's an active volunteering culture.

    People believe in our products. Its great working for a company you know is selling a quality product.

    Cons

    At least in IT, there are culture concerns. There's a lack of transparency and communication from management. A manager who seems unqualified may make a decision in a bubble, without asking employees to join in the decision making process. Many employees have become disengaged.

    Younger-generation individuals under 30-35 are difficult to find here. Perhaps they don't feel their contributions are valued or understood. Surely they sense the overall lack of passion and vision in the projects. Also: management prefers to look outside the company for new leadership talent.

    There isn't very much meaningful that gets accomplished - and this fact stays well hidden. The amount of non-productivity, passing the buck, and political suave that passes for results is impressive.

    In this 100 year old manufacturing company, there's a lack of appreciation for technology and software. The CEO isn't helping matters with the super-tight IT budget and under-appreciating technology and the increasing role it will need to have in our products and organization for Toro to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to attend to the culture, although not in the same "Toro Way", before the last of the best tech-talent is lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for outside of Finance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Finance in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Terrific overall work ethic, positive culture, terrific spirit of giving back and people want to do the right thing right!
    Outstanding products.

    Cons

    The Finance department is stretched too thin, and work/job volume output is completely unrealistic. No ability to take advantage of half day Fridays in summer, use all if allotted vacation time and no respect for people's personal time or commitments. This is primarily due to CFO change.
    I've been with Toro for a long time, but the past three years have been a real disappointment from a senior management standpoint.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits in the organization should be administered the same in all departments. It's only a benefit if you can use it.
    Expect the same moral compass to be modeled by the C-level executives as is expected from all Toro staff.
    Keep sharing information, and recognize people (maybe choose a few new folks for recognition instead of the same handful over and over again)

    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Known for strong leadership, but no room for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Senior in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Toro Company

    Pros

    Most work groups work 40 hours a week which creates a good work/life balance. Summer hours provide people with an additional day off on Fridays. People generally know what they are doing because they have been in the same position for many years. Despite being a boys club, upper management seems dedicated to making the company successful as opposed to being focused on their individual desires. Pay is on par but 401K could use improvement.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunity for growth, especially for women. It is a tough atmosphere for younger employees also because a large time commitment (7-8 years) needs to be put in before you see any return. Certain workgroups have poor direct leadership with expectations not expressed. Many employees do not have passion for the company but work there because of the work/life balance. The focus on putting in the hours leads people to put requests on the backburner and a loss in productivity. Some management does not see dedication in people and does not see or acknowledge effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although having managers in positions for several years is great for creating a knowledge base, these same managers have not developed because they have gained comfort in their positions and the dynamic (good or bad) they have created. With the lawn and turf industry being very specific, more attention should be focused on promoting from within. Opportunities for job growth are already scarce within the company as is.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company of good intentions, but not progressive enough to make needed changes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Confidential in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Confidential in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Toro Company

    Pros

    Co workers are great. Commercial product is excellent.

    Cons

    Not progressive. Feedback that can be helpful is almost non-existent. Back channel decision making among old guard causes issues for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategy is more than just product and service. It's also about your operational opportunities and people development.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Toro walking a thin line

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Toro Company

    Pros

    Toro supports a healthy work/life balance, making it easy to get time off, asuming you are up to date on your work load. The people around the building are freindly and get along like a small community. The culture at Toro is built on a strong foundation of priciples and beliefs, while these are begining to get lost when times get tough.

    Cons

    Advancement is truly a waiting game. Do not look for pay increases or promotions unless another person leaves the company. There is a feeling of resentment throughout the company as Toro let go of 10% of the workforce and implemented pay decreases to the staff. Now, the company sits on a pile of cash and refuses to invest it or give it back to the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful how much you stray from the core values of Toro and the same principles we all helped grow the company on. Poeple are getting fed up with the decreased pay and turnover will truly affect the company as the economy turns around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Down-to-earth people but unable to evolve for the betterment of the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time

    Pros

    Extremely friendly people here at Toro. Very informative, approachable, a "family" atmosphere work environment because employees worked with each other for so many years. There are a lot of long time employees who work here that are very knowledgeable and resourceful. They encourage continuing education to grow and offer volunteer hours during work hours. Great internship opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor paid time off benefits. Not flexible unless you've worked at Toro for a few years, micro-managers in certain departments, too traditional for younger generation, very old school environment, male dominant, not enough ethnic diversity. Not open to change too set in their old ways. There is another post on here that stated the same issue. Apparently not much has changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep up with today's competitive businesses, Toro has to adapt to change and evolve as people, generations and competitors evolve. Being too traditional will definitely scare off younger generation employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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