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Toro Company Reviews

Updated March 12, 2017
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  • Limited opportunities for advancement; Limited flexibility in terms of work schedules and no options for telecommuting (in 3 reviews)

  • Do not look for pay increases or promotions unless another person leaves the company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Welder in Beatrice, NE
    Current Employee - Welder in Beatrice, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Some people do care about each other and what they do. Could be better. Heard the tuition assistance is good. May go back to school on their dime.

    Cons

    LEAN is NOT the answer. Common sense and manufacturing expertise are what is valued. CONSTANT failures means not working. Try something else!

    Advice to Management

    Think a little and act accordingly. All you keep doing is kicking the can down the road. Don't reformat the failures and start over. Try mistake proofing the issues at hand.


  2. "Stagnant company, closed opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay, community minded

    Cons

    Closed circle of management, promotions are far more about popularity with executives (who seem to have over stayed their usefulness to the organization) than proficiency and effectiveness, reported breaches of policy at executive level result in protection of the executive at all costs, rather than protection of the organization. If you are seeking a growth-oriented company with room to grow, don't choose Toro unless you are in tight with the C-levels and Sr. VPs.

    Advice to Management

    Make some changes - bring in some fresh ideas, fresh faces and be willing to listen. Know when it's time to let go of ineffective or overbearing management who are thwarting opportunities for company growth.


  3. "order entry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Toro Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was good work. it required you to work and a fast pace and to pick the correct material for the customers orders. I got to drive forklifts.

    Cons

    there are a lot of other employees that didn't really work hard and would complain how others would do their job. from my view I believe that they where discriminating.


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  5. "na"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Toro Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    this is not applicable for submission

    Cons

    Too slow for change, poor management

    Advice to Management

    work on leadership issues and take recommendations of contractors


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Overuse of long term contract workers"

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    Current Contractor - Intermediate Level Customer Service/Administrative in Bloomington, MN
    Current Contractor - Intermediate Level Customer Service/Administrative in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (4)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Toro Company full-time (More than a year)

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time (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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for outside of Finance."

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    Current Employee - Finance in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Finance in Bloomington, MN
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toro Company full-time (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 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)


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Known for strong leadership, but no room for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Senior in Bloomington, MN
    Approves of CEO

    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 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.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "A company of good intentions, but not progressive enough to make needed changes."

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    Former Employee - Confidential in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Confidential in Bloomington, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Strategy is more than just product and service. It's also about your operational opportunities and people development.


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