Hear From Our Employees
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Our employees aren’t shy about sharing their personal experiences with Toll Brothers. Their stories are diverse, candid and inspirational. Learn more about what your Toll Brothers career can be. Hear from our employees:
Amanda Project Manager Colorado Division
I began my career with Toll Brothers right out of college and have now been with the company for almost four years. In that time, I've had the opportunity to work as a sales associate, sales manager, assistant project manager, and now, a project manager.
Toll Brothers has many attributes that sets it apart from other companies. One of the top reasons I enjoy working for this company is the incredible learning opportunities available. As a project manager, I get to be involved in marketing, accounting, sales, construction, land acquisition, land development, etc. The list goes on. I am very thankful that, on a daily basis, I have the opportunity to work with intelligent, enthusiastic individuals from our corporate office to our divisional office to our onsite sales and construction teams.
Since I joined Toll Brothers, our division has more than doubled its land holdings as well as its personnel. It is exciting to be a part of creating communities from start to finish. The best part is watching happy homeowners move into their dream home.
Dave Division President New England Division
My early professional goals as a graduate of the United States Military Academy and former Army Officer centered on gaining experience with a prestigious company in the corporate world. I built skills as an operations analyst and project manager in the consulting business, before taking a sabbatical to build a home with my father in upstate New York. The experience of planning, contracting, scheduling, and physically building a new home would prove to be life-changing. After my sabbatical, I was intent on seeking a career in the homebuilding industry that might blend together my project management skills with the leadership experience gained from my time at West Point and The Army. The Project Manager position with Toll Brothers offered a unique mix of intensive project management, leadership, P&L accountability, and entrepreneurial spirit.
By joining Toll Brothers' Management Training program, I gained invaluable experience through several months of training and exposure to the homebuilding business, before I ran my first project. The investment the company made in my development helped me excel as a project manager and progress to my current role as division president. While I achieved my goal of working in the homebuilding industry, I have remained acutely aware over the years of wanting to be affiliated with the most prestigious organizations. The resilience of the Toll Brothers brand, our commitment to excellence, and the great people we employ have played a major part in my 10-year service to the company.
Erin Senior Project Manager Toll Brothers City Living
After graduating with my master's degree from Columbia University, I worked as a structural engineer in New York City designing high-rise buildings. Toll Brothers City Living was one of my firm's best clients, and I was lucky enough to work as project manager on several Toll projects, including Maxwell and Hudson Tea in Hoboken, New Jersey.
I loved what I was doing, but I wanted to be involved in more aspects of the design and construction process. I planned to move to the Washington, D.C. area to pursue a career in real estate development. At the same, Toll Brothers City Living was beginning to establish a presence in D.C., and I was hired as a senior project manager for a recently acquired property near Nationals Park. The timing and fit were perfect.
Over the past two-and-a-half years, I have managed the Park Riverside project from conceptual design through construction. This is a very exciting project because it is the first Toll Brothers Apartment Living building to deliver in the Washington, D.C. market.
In addition, we purchased a sought-after site in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, where we plan to build luxury condominiums. We recently broke ground on this project and are enthusiastic about the interest that is already being expressed.
These exciting projects just scratch the surface of why I love working at Toll Brothers. For me, it is about the people. My colleagues are smart, talented people. Whenever there is something I need, I know there will be a resource available within the company to help me as I rise to each challenge I encounter.
Even though Toll Brothers is a large company, it feels like a close-knit family. It is truly a pleasure to come into work each day.
Mark Division President Colorado Division
When I first graduated from college, I took a job with another national builder in a construction management training program, spending time as a superintendent and as a purchasing agent. I learned a lot, but I also knew that I didn't want to limit my career to any one facet of the business. I wanted to learn the entire business.
Toll Brothers gave me the opportunity that I sought. Almost immediately after I started with the company as an assistant project manager, I found myself working with Sales, Marketing, Construction, Architecture, Land Development, Land Acquisition, Accounting, etc. As I progressed in my career, I had input in and eventually responsibility for managing people and running communities. I have worked on everything from small 60-lot single-family subdivisions to mid-rise condominiums to 1000-lot master-plan communities. The diversity of the projects exposed me to new things and made my job both educational and interesting.
Looking back, I'm thankful I applied to join the Management Training program. Working with Toll Brothers for the last fourteen years has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I'm proud to work for Toll Brothers, and it has been a great place to build my career.
Seth Division President Southern California Division
Describe your progression within the company. Describe what your role is now and how the company has grown during your time here.
I've been a Toll Brothers employee since early 2004, when I started as an assistant project manager. Since then, I've been promoted 6 times in 10 years and am now acting division president of a region with over 150 employees. The Management Training program afforded me an opportunity to get exposure to all facets of the development process and gave me time to hone my skills before I was asked to manage a community. Once I graduated from the program, I was excited to be given so much responsibility and found it easy to invest my time and effort into seeing that community succeed. I felt that I was learning something new every day and was also given the platform to implement what I learned immediately.
Describe some exciting awards your team has received.
Over the past few years, I've been lucky enough to work on projects that have been acknowledged through the Building Industry of America (BIA) at regional and national awards shows. In 2012, Toll Brothers was honored to receive awards in excellence for architecture and landscaping from the regional BIA. In 2013, I was also a part of the team whose Amali Hills project was awarded Community of the Year during the International Builder Show in Las Vegas.
In your opinion, what has made the company so successful through the years? Specifically, what pulled us through the downturn?
There's an old adage that says "Make hay while the sun shines." In real estate, the sun shines more often than not. However, there are times in this industry when the rain clouds gather. Around 2007, those clouds formed over the entire industry, and the economy went into a steep recession. Working for Toll Brothers during this time gave me hope because of its financial stability and opportunistic outlook. Instead of retreating, the company looked beyond the bad news and took great strides in setting the table for future success. Through a number of calculated acquisitions, Toll Brothers put itself on the course to grow when others were still licking their wounds.
What's the most interesting project you've worked on?
While with Toll Brothers, I've had the chance to work on multiple $100 million-dollar real estate projects and recently been involved with the acquisition of another builder. Toll Brothers' financial stability and healthy balance sheet afford you the opportunity to consider the biggest deals in your market.
Laura Job Captain Toll Architecture Dallas
The growth opportunities at Toll Brothers are what you would expect from a successful Fortune 1000 company. I joined the company as a studio associate three years ago, and I am now a job captain. My mentors have been very supportive, so I expect to further advance my career here.
I love that the studio environment at Toll Architecture allows us to be involved in various stages of a project. It has been a great experience to see projects evolve from hand-drawn sketches to mock-up models. I look forward to what the future holds for me and my talented team.
David Division President Toll Brothers City Living New York
I was hired in 2004 by Toll Brothers to start its New York City urban division. I was given a title, Director of Acquisition and Development, a cell phone and a laptop computer and told to find space for my office and sites for development. Fortunately, the market was in an up-cycle at this time, and I was able to purchase a couple of good sites that only got better when we were in pre-development. I began hiring people to work on these sites, and as the division grew, I became a Vice President, a Senior Vice President, and then a Division President. Ten years later, we are now working on our 15th building in New York City, and the division has grown to approximately 50 employees.
While each of our projects is exciting and rewarding in its own way, Pierhouse stands out as one that it is truly unique. This hotel and condominium project in Brooklyn Bridge Park represents the first hotel development in the company's nearly 50-year history. The building was designed such that each condominium unit has tremendous views of the park, East River, and the iconic Manhattan skyline. Many units also enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a project that has everyone in Brooklyn talking.
Over the years, our division has received a number of awards, including the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York Development Company of the Year Award for 2012 and the 2013 Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building Brooklyn Award for our 205 Water Street Project.
We have been successful in New York City because of a combination of being given the autonomy needed to adapt our product to the local market and the strong support that we have received from Toll headquarters. This support includes the foresight that Bob Toll provided with his decision to enter the urban market, the strong guidance that senior management has provided, and the assistance given by the legal, marketing, finance, accounting and human resource departments. Without this combination of autonomy and support, we would not have been able to achieve the success that we have experienced.
Ashley Assistant Project Manager Toll Brothers City Living New York
I joined Toll Brothers City Living in New York in June 2014. I learned early on that, because our sales offices and communities are dispersed throughout the city, my experience here would be a diverse and mobile immersion in learning everything—from development all the way through sales—about our nine ongoing projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn, each with its unique set of challenges.
My favorite part about what I do is the opportunity to approach each job with a fresh concept. In high-rise development, we build before, and while, we sell. Therefore, we must anticipate our buyers' desires years ahead of when they'll close on their new homes. That often means being versatile and taking risks to create something that hasn't yet been tested in the market. The success of our communities stems largely from our team's ability to generate fresh ideas and adapt.
Toll Brothers is unique in that project managers truly do manage projects in an entrepreneurial style. Project managers are given their own projects to manage, and they oversee their projects all the way through the final certificate of occupancy and the last closing. It's development on the front line, from soup to nuts, and I am enjoying every minute of it.