Hasbro Reviews

Updated June 14, 2014
Updated June 14, 2014
124 Reviews
3.5
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Hasbro President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Goldner
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Pros
  • They have a work week that is half day Fridays and the hours are made up Monday-Thursday (in 21 reviews)

  • Many different brands to work on (in 4 reviews)


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

  • Hasbro is more reactionary than innovative due to the conservative senior management team (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working there was unnecessarily difficult.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hasbro full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop re-imagining, start imagining.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot despite the environmental factors.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hasbro full-time for 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.

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Almost killed me.

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    Former Employee - Product Development
    Former Employee - Product Development

    I worked at Hasbro full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Hasbro full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI

    I worked at Hasbro full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Home of the crazies

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    Former Employee - Finance  in  Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Finance in Pawtucket, RI

    I worked at Hasbro full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I worked for Hasbro a VERY long time,

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

    I worked at Hasbro full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough Place to Work Right Now

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Management in Pawtucket, RI

    I worked at Hasbro full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, some really neat and interesting people.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, failing HR services, "Old Boy" network, females do not get ahead, poor pay, poor growth, lack of mentorship, yearly goals/reviews mean very little, and at time a very discouraging atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your "C" level, train your upper and middle management to mentor, advise and be team players. Get the right people in approvals at the right time, stop finger pointing, take responsibility and for heaven sake value the opinions of your experts in their noted area.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people but very limited

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Pawtucket, RI
    Current Employee - Manager in Pawtucket, RI

    I have been working at Hasbro full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fun brands
    Great people
    Relatively little drama
    Half day Fridays
    Competitive benefits package
    Discount toys
    Very environmental and civic-minded company

    Cons

    Micro Management
    Too much middle management
    No or few raises.
    Very little opportunities for growth or advancement
    The much-celebrated corporate culture has pretty much disappeared.
    Pawtucket, RI

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hired smart and talented people. Trust them. Stop second guessing them and get out of their way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointingly corporate and very vanilla, not much diversity in terms of personnel or corporate culture.

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager

    I worked at Hasbro full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of community service opportunities, half days every Friday all year round, week off between Christmas and New Years, decent discount in the toy store

    Cons

    Not enough diversity. Very white work force in the main offices in Rhode Island. No minorities in Senior Management and only one woman (CFO). Too many people promoted into positions they for which they have limited or no experience. Not enough young people in positions of power. Very stagnant work force because people are rewarded for loyalty with promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to more with a smaller work force, consider hiring/promoting more minorities and women into mid and senior management roles, consider offering more diversity training so that Hasbro feels less like a cookie cutter organization where everyone is expected to think collectively vs. independently. Company feels like it's stuck in 2003 with respect to being innovative/creative with respect to digital concepts and content.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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