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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 Senior Management – 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.
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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 Senior Management – Strategy is more than just product and service. It's also about your operational opportunities and people development.
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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 Senior Management – 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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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 Senior Management – 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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