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Toro Company Reviews in Bloomington, MN

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Best in the Business

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer  in  Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    work environment, opportunity, compensation and benefits

    Cons

    you can get trapped in a particular project for a long period of time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - IT Software  in  Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - IT Software in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for outside of Finance.

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    Current Employee - Finance  in  Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Finance in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work. Good people. Management so-so.

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    Former Employee - Lead Database Administrator  in  Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Lead Database Administrator in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Toro Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The co-workers were the best part of the job. Lots of interesting people. The pay was good, in good times. The company had a decent work ethic.

    Cons

    Some of the middle managers were incompetent in both their area of supposed expertise and managing skills.
    HR was helpful and considerate when it came to benefits, etc. but worthless when it came to conflicts between management and employee. You knew you were screwed if the manager didn't like you. No objectivity at all on the part of HR in those issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the people you hire as direct reports aren't idiots. Negotiate and arbitrate disagreements between workers and supervisors objectively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great intern experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    Toro is unique because its a very old school atmosphere. It seems like everyone's been there for decades and its a very comfortable and nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    The work environment can feel dangerously "Office Space" like with elevator music playing in the halls and a generally sterile vibe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take risks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company and a great culture

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    Current Employee - Information Services Developer  in  Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Information Services Developer in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    Toro IS is a great place to learn and become better at.

    Cons

    The neighborhood is a little expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Conservative organization struggling to free itself of it's history

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    The 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

    Cons

    Systems 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern  in  Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    Gained broad experience with finance and MS Excel.

    Cons

    Toro 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Ethical results-driven company, great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Law Clerk  in  Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Law Clerk in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Toro Company as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Knowledgeable, friendly, and supportive co-workers.

    Cons

    Average employee age is older than at some other local companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing management and great relationships

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advanced Desktop Intern  in  Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Advanced Desktop Intern in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Toro Company

    Pros

    Management is very transparent
    I was given lots of responsibility very early
    Lots of feedback on your progress as an intern
    Great location
    Golf course in the back
    Great mentors
    Management values loyalty to company and will take care if you if you give it back

    Cons

    Projects not very interesting
    Very tight budget
    Outdated technology
    Older company (not very many young people)
    Not very diverse employees (lots of white people)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up your amazing feedback! Love it!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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