Toro Company
3.6 of 5 37 reviews
www.thetorocompany.com Bloomington, MN 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Toro Company Chairman, President, and CEO Michael J. Hoffman

Michael J. Hoffman

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89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Conservative organization struggling to free itself of it's history

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Bloomington, MN

I have been working at Toro Company full-time for more than a year

ProsThe people. There are unfavorable people in every company but at Toro there are far more good people that want to help you succeed.
Good stock performance
Good product line for the most part

ConsSystems in engineering and around the organization are stitched together with either a poor connection or implemented in a way to match the process defined over a decade ago rather than what is possible and value added for the workflow
Relies too heavily on tribal knowledge and requires you to become a who you know person in order to perform

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in the systems to improve productivity. I estimate engineering systems perform at roughly 35% of optimal.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company - Turning 100 Years also old has it's disadvantages.

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Toro Company full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLove the company culture and the working environment. Reasonable expectations from every employee. Toro pushes quality of products, services and employee output.

ConsThis Company subsidies pay increases with Company Culture. Great Culture however, long-term employment at Toro does not get the kids thru College. Too many good employees lost to unheard request for pay for performance. Toro “Talks” a good game in regards to opportunity however, for Mid/Senior level management; however, there is little to no movement in your paycheck except for a select group. No Bonus' for Some Mid Managers while others are killing it...

Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds to review Salary Benchmarking Policies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Solid summer internship, but doesn't offer full time opportunities to afterwards

Finance Intern (Former Employee)
Bloomington, MN

I worked at Toro Company as an intern for less than a year

ProsGained broad experience with finance and MS Excel.

ConsToro uses the internship program to fill a need in the summer rather than develop future employees. No full-time offers are made to interns after graduation. Few job openings are created and mainly arise from an old employee leaving

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Bloomington, MN

I have been working at Toro Company

ProsOhk place to work as a intern.

ConsYou will not learn much .

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A conservative, product-focused manufacturing company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Bloomington, MN

I worked at Toro Company

ProsToro is a good corporate citizen

ConsToro is a very conservative company that does not understand their customers

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Great people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at Toro Company

ProsFamily friendly in not working long hours and half day Fridays in the summer

Mgmt with great vision and programs promoting employee contributions in cost savings

Attempting to bring in new methodologies and purchasing practices

ConsSome mgmt are not qualified for their positions and are not able to execute the new methodologies or unite departments through this change
male dominated

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide consistent vision among departments

Listen to the people doing the work as you attempt to bring in new methodologies and how processes need to be transitioned without simply forcing change

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Good not great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bloomington, MN

I have been working at Toro Company

ProsGood work life balance. Management in general does value the employees. Decent commitment to research and development with a fair amount of reinvestment into new product development. Compensation is average to good for the Twin Cities. The company invests in employee development with a minimum of 40 hours of training required for every employee each year. Senior management seems approachable and relatively down to earth. Less politics than I have seen at other places I have worked. The company places a high level of importance on community service and even pays for 2 and a half days for each employee to donate time at a charitable organization of their choosing.

ConsNot nearly enough turnover at this company. There are employees with 20 plus years in mid level roles which makes career progression a challenge except for a chosen few. In general people are not held individually responsible for their actions or inactions, they just get a mediocre review and everyone moves on. There is far too much of a "that's not the way we do things around here" mentality. We don't take the competition seriously enough, instead relying on our legacy brand value to keep us as a market leader. In general there is no entreprenureal spirit in this company.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt was obvious a long time ago that the industry was in trouble but we continued to spend money like it was the good old days. Now we had to lay off 10 percent of the company and who knows when the next round is going to occur.

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Toro (Irrigation Division) - Pros & Cons

Marketing (Former Employee)
Riverside, CA

I worked at Toro Company

ProsPeople are good natured and will work hard as a team. You can earn a degree without having to commit any additional time to the organization. One of the few companies that does not require a one year (or longer) commitment for tuition reimbursement. If you want a job you can keep for 25+ years and have no ambition to move vertically, then this is a good company.

ConsToro (Irrigation Divison) has extremely limited opportunities for advancement unless people retire or get fired (rarely happens). The Irrigation Division is Domestically (USA only) driven which easily frustrates the folks in the International Division. There is no well established process for gathering the 'voice of customer' with regard to product development. Also, Engineering has the attitude that if the idea was not invented by their group, then it has to be a bad idea.

Advice to Senior ManagementSchedules are NOT more important than product quality. A poorly performing new (or existing) product can easily tarnish the reputation of the brand. Not the type of 'brand awareness' you would think a company would want.
What is 'voice of the customer?' (i.e. why not perform actual customer research?)

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It is ok for a factory.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Toro Company

ProsThe company has many benefits.

ConsThey only allow 3 days off in 3 months time.

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