Toro Company Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Starting to get moving on some necessary key projects. The people are good to work with and in some cases too Minnesota Nice.

    Cons

    Slow to move. Currently in the 1980's. Needs to be a bit more nimble on the Manufacturing side. Unable to react to Market Conditions when push comes to shove.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on plant flexibility. Keep the innovation focus on processes as well as products. Put systems in place that support the Teams.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work, but beware contractors.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Bloomington, MN
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Toro Company as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is nice people, and good pay.

    Cons

    Being a contractor is great at first, but after a few years it gets very frustrating. No raises, no PTO, and no other benefits. It took a year to even get a review.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce a policy where you make up your mind about contractors after 6 months to a year.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Overuse of long term contract workers

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  7. Best in the Business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Bloomington, MN

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work environment, opportunity, compensation and benefits

    Cons

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for outside of Finance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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)

  9. Helpful (2)

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

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

    I worked at Toro Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Great intern experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Bloomington, MN
    Former Intern - Intern in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Toro Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Take risks.

  11. Conservative organization struggling to free itself of it's history

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

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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