Hasbro Reviews

Updated May 23, 2015
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Hasbro President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Goldner
Brian Goldner
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Pros
  • Half day Fridays are a great perk (in 23 reviews)

  • The people overall are great, as are the half day Fridays year round (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Atmosphere from senior management makes it unbearable, most people are not happy with their management (in 7 reviews)

  • Employees who do the work have little to no value on projects they take on in management's eyes (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Senior Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hasbro full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great time off and flex time; good corporate benefits; good people in the rank and file.

    Cons

    Stifling corporate borg-think; creativity often sacrificed to the highest paid person's opinion. Zero channels for feeding back about management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people doing the work or you may one day lose the best ones.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A Company Driven More on Politics

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Hasbro

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

    Pros

    - Some really nice supportive coworkers - Half Day Fridays (except for when you have to work weekends) - Nice large spacious work environment. - Good Benefits and Decent Pay - HR was great to work with

    Cons

    - Too Political - Too much Micro-Managing. - A lot of Late nights and weekends (which cancels out Half-Day Fridays) - Too many personal philosophies and agendas - Being able to speak and understand "Half-Truths" is an Essential Skill. - A lot of bias (ideas are gauged by who says it and how, rather than by its value) - Lots of redundant circular conversations/meetings that: a.) leave you more confused each time b.) takes up your time which means having to stay late to make up for time lost. - Working weekends and late nights is expected. - No such thing as vacation - only working away from your office " - Lots of last minute changes. - Lots of redundant work without any sense of progress. - A corporate culture deeply entrenched in its ways by people who've been there a long time.

    Advice to Management

    - Need to somehow dilute the Politics so that it doesn't so directly impact employees in the "trenches". - Need to stop forcing those required workshops/courses that don't really help - they just take up time. - Need to promote individual autonomous roles with clearly defined deliverables - too often roles overlap and people no longer know where one's job begins and ends and consequently they're expected to take on multiple roles and become overloaded. - Need to somehow earn trust of employees. politics makes little room for candor.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Working there was unnecessarily difficult.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hasbro full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays; on-site, discount toy shop; Christmas week off; liberal work-from-home policies; genuine regard for employee safety and wellness.

    Cons

    Frequent, puzzling layoffs; a "Hurry up and fail," quasi-committed senior management attitude; little regard for process or best practices; employees are frequently pigeon-holed in dead-end roles.

    Advice to Management

    Stop re-imagining, start imagining.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Learned a lot despite the environmental factors.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Worked on great products that align with the motto of making you smile.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity and how to deal with it. Very intense workload.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Almost killed me.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development
    Former Employee - Product Development

    I worked at Hasbro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a lot of history at Hasbro, and I respect their decision to stay put in Pawtucket. And I had a good salary...

    Cons

    ...but if you worked it out to hourly wage, I wasn't doing much better than when I worked at Kinko's. Long, long hours, with the expectation of being glued to a Blackberry. Short-sighted management, focused only on movie-toy tie-ins or desperately trying to breath life into the old standbys -- little interest in developing new storylines, games, or toys.

    Advice to Management

    Best of luck.


  7. Helpful (6)

    A joyless, high stress experience. Creativity was not rewarded and our team leader was poorly suited for his role.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Pawtucket, RI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance Decent benefits High visibilitiy corporate responsiblity

    Cons

    Mediocre salaries No incentives for younger employees looking to move up Lack of diversity (culturally and stylistically)

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the needs of your work force, and not just the board and Senior Management. Cultivate an informed and knowledgeable work force, and don't reward loyalty with title and positions that people are not qualified to hold. Nothing worse than reporting to a manager or division head who doesn't have a clue about the area of expertise he or she is in charge of. And most importantly, try creating a more diverse work force. It's shameful that there is only one woman in Senior Management, and that you can count on one hand the number of people of color on that same board. As a place the wants to call itself innovative and cutting edge, Hasbro has probably one of the most vanilla workforces going. It's not an issue of location in Providence, as much as it is a symptom of people at the top only wanting to look down and see folks who look and think like them.


  8. Helpful (4)

    You qork on cool stuff but don't expect to be paid well

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with toys all day.

    Cons

    Pay for all departments is way below regional averages. Hasbro is more reactionary than innovative due to the conservative senior management team.

    Advice to Management

    To attract and keep the most talented individuals Hasbro needs to pay more. Being located in Pawtucket RI is no excuse to pay poorly but that's the HR speak that will be repeated to you over and over again. Most long term employees are embedded and from that area and therefore do not have options. Hasbro clearly takes advantage of this. Hasbro wants a team of low paid worker bees, and clearly not a well paid staff of talented and innovative minds. The members of the senior management staff are the only well paid employees at Hasbro.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Home of the crazies

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Finance in Pawtucket, RI

    I worked at Hasbro full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Half Day Fridays Discounts on Toys Local company Community Ties

    Cons

    My supervisor was decent enough, but his boss was bipolar. One day everything would be fine, the next day the same exact thing would get you in trouble and yelled at. She used him as her work punching bag until he left, then she started in on us. I felt like I was walking on eggshells; it was hard to get up and go to work there in the morning. Other people knew about her tendencies but nothing got done about it. After the layoffs everyone was tense.

    Advice to Management

    Just because people work there for decades doesn't mean they are good for the company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    I worked for Hasbro a VERY long time,

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

    I worked at Hasbro full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some truly talented, smart people working at Hasbro. None of them are in a position of authority and they should be.

    Cons

    There is no encouragement for work/life balance at all. You are expected to be on call 24/7 even when you are not scheduled. Do more with less is the order of the day with no thought given to the stress level of the employee. Expect to work late often, get called at 2:00am for a problem that could wait until regular business hours and always be ready for the never ending rounds of meeting after meeting that accomplish very little. Like no raises? No promotions regardless how hard you work? Bad food in the cafeteria? Do you like being stuck in a corner and forgotten? But wait there's more. Incompetent managers and directors that give little or no direction and have been known to give directions that contradict previous directions given.

    Advice to Management

    Ask any it employee about it management, most will shake their head an say "What are you gonna do? It's the new regime. You should be careful" Has anyone heard the word regime in a good context. Advice to management, listen to your people, they can make you look great if you let them. Sweep up the eggshells you have everyone tiptoeing over and let them do their job. If someone stumbles help him up and ask him to try better next time.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Once great...now a mess

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Providence, RI

    I worked at Hasbro full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Family company with great brands was the past

    Cons

    Management has lost touch, too much "form over function".

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing the blame game



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