Toro Company Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
44 Reviews

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  1.  

    Best in the Business

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 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.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Toro Company

    Pros

    Culture is great; many genuinely nice people here.

    Cons

    Same as any other corporate environment - occasional politics, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • 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 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
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  5.  

    Good Company, but management is hit or miss.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Associate
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people to work with. Half day Fridays in the summer. Strong brand and considered an industry leader.

    Cons

    Long tenure which leads to slow-turnaround doesn't allow for much growth. Different managers have different rules, so policies are not consistent throughout division or team. Sometimes executive teams focuses more on distributors and not employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk. You say you put the employees first, but the Centennial was a clear message that's not the case.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8.  

    Solid Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Toro Company

    Pros

    Corporate employees great to work with!

    Cons

    Upper management seemed rigid and avoided change. Slow to react.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great intern experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Horrible.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Toro Company

    Pros

    The people on the lines are wonderful, and care about quality and building a quality product. However, it is sad to see the line workers mistreated.

    Cons

    My job was totally misrepresented, and the ethics were atrocious. I have seen it all. Theft. Deception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to achieve financial goals by suspending operating budgets for the last four months of the fiscal year. Yes, there will be return on shareholder equity, but the business units are junkyards.

  11.  

    Best civilian Job I Ever Had

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX

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

    Pros

    Friendship, camaraderie, the work/life balance

    Cons

    there are no cons to this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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