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Mattel Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
Mattel – El Segundo – “View from the street of the Mattel headquarter…”

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3.4 220 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton

Bryan G. Stockton

(80 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work life balance, good salaries, half day fridays, good health insurance plan(in 63 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of(in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights(in 13 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails(in 11 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Old boys club, highly politically charged, lacks leadership, and innovation.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, half day Fridays, and shuts down during holiday season; Exposure to a variety of brands to work on.

    ConsIt's an old boys club that rates your political savvyness above talent. It's who you know, not what you know. If you're in the clique, you'll get promoted. They are more concerned about posturing than leading their teams and coming up with great ideas.

    New people with new ideas will get frustrated and leave because Mattel doesn't know what to do with you. "This is how it's always been done at Mattel" is a common mantra. Upper mgmt have been there far too long. More people from the outside with fresh ideas need to replace the current regime.

    Micro-management at the leadership level is prevalent. Leadership can override all other decisions made below them. The "worker bees" voices are never heard. At any given point, 5 layers above can override any decisions made at the team level. It sends the wrong message and you're never truly empowered working there.

    Leadership all know each other from the past - it's an incestuous environment and you always feel paranoid that you'll get laid off. Those at the top and the clique, will never get laid off yet, they're the ones making the bad decisions that's driving Mattel in the wrong direction. Antiquated processes, old ways of thinking, bad leadership, & a highly political environment is what Mattel stands for today. Sadly, they've been unable to leverage the strength of their brands beyond the physical. Hasbro is 3 years ahead of the curb.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeverage the strength of your brands beyond toys. This should have been done years ago! Take more risks like your competition is doing. Change the regime at the top and stop incentivising them - that's the biggest issue! Put an end to micro-managing and empower your teams. Hire new leaders from the outside but leverage their knowledge and new processes so they don't get frustrated and leave. The current leadership is creating the wrong culture and producing ideas that no one wants anymore. Mattel needs a reboot!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run don't walk

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRecognizable brand that is looking it's once reputable name.

    ConsOverrated. People act like working at Mattel brings prestige...but the word is getting out. If you can check your good morals at the door then you'll do well In an atmosphere with extreme politicking. It's not about the job it's about political gain. People who are there now are only doing what they can to hold on to their jobs because of looming layoffs. No leadership in place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage instead of fostering a highly political, toxic, and ruthless culture

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    Leadership void, no clear direction

    (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHalf-day Friday (while that benefit lasts), pockets of decent people, good -- but waning -- brands.

    ConsExtreme cut-throat politics, beyond the norm of large corporate environments. Ethical mindset of past management draining away as panic sets in around declining business. Sustainability and social responsibility are PR fluff with no actual substance -- he only thing that matters is cost savings and cheap labor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people with respect, not as cheap disposable toys. With no solid prospects for the next few years and a bleak outlook in a stagnant industry, know that being good to your people is key to fueling a creative culture to perform well and innovate. Stop the in-fighting and focus on the business.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Declining business with no innovation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company offers good salaries and benefits. They own some of the world's best premier brands.

    ConsThe company currently has no direction and extremely bad morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your people as if they were your most valuable asset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sounds like a fun company, but the drama doesn't make it worth it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBenefits, Half day fridays, free toys, creative work environment. Some really smart, creative people.

    ConsVery stressful, micro managing, Sr. Mgmt. can be abrasive and rude, compensation. Sometimes you feel guilty going to a doctor's appointment or even getting sick.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage up and don't take your stress out on the employees below. The work itself is fun, it's the people that make the job not worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't waste your time

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsGreat benefits, Friday half day,

    ConsHighly Political, backstabbing, arrogant, and long long hours. Better like doing work that is a level above you while they keep your pay and title low. They love to tout development but very little is offered. Lots of silos and little fiefdoms. It's like high school where everyone thinks they are way too cool.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet people innovate and quit rushing product to market. Foster an environment of stability and make the employees feel welcome and that they have a home. Constant threats and all of this CYA leads to horrible morale. Just because it was done to you, doesn't give you the right to treat people poorly, you should correct it instead of perpetuating,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    FPF - NYC Office: Not worth the stress

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHalf day Fridays
    Benefits
    Opportunity to work on great brands
    Opportunity to learn global product development

    ConsVery Stressful
    High-school politics
    Poor Sr. Mgmt
    Fear driven culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of ridiculing and blaming poor performances on the lowest levels take a serious look at Sr. Mgmt. They create a culture of fear, passive aggression and negativity. People are laughed at in front of colleagues and then shunned from any career advancement. Some people thrive in this culture and are rewarded for "being on the bus." Well, school's out and I have other things to do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    High Drama, Bad Politics & Mega MicroManagement - Run in the other direction!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsThe idea of working at a toy company is kinda cool. 50% discount on all unlicensed items (Barbie and monster high is only 30% off). Nice area of El Segundo. Good benefits.

    ConsIf you are thinking about coming to work for Mattel, please read this carefully. I'm not a disgruntled employee...but I am an unhappy employee....and there are many of us who vent to each other daily. Mattel is filled with a lot of older people in powerful positions who aren't going anywhere. They micro manage like I've never seen before. They want you to do your work, be creative and innovative....but unless you can mind read.....it doesn't really work. The politics and drama are high. No one is direct with you and expects that you come in a conform to the "Mattel Way" I'd seriously tell you to RUN in the other direction. Wish I had better news.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-evaluate those you have in high-level positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsGreat pay & benefits. Problem is, they suck you in and you find it hard to leave.
    For career growth, best to stay a couple years, get a promotion, then move on.
    If you're a director or above, it's a pretty good gig, and you're well protected.

    ConsA highly politically charged environment. If you aren't part of the in crowd, or don't play the politics just right, don't expect to get anywhere.
    It's a very dysfunctional company, where rules continually change. HR isn't really there to help you in your career growth, they're just on the sidelines to protect management when needed. And many times they aren't involved in the decision making.
    Layoffs for managers & below are frequent (once a year or so) and stressful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micromanaging your people. Hire more workers (managers and below), and get rid of some of your dead weight (directors and above). I've never seen a company more top-heavy on directors, VPs and above. Listen to your workers more to weed out bad upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for a year maybe 2

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat pay, great benefits, great work life balance.

    ConsInterview process - 7 people over 1 month.
    Lack of promotion and ability for growth. There is rampant micromanaging and it's very hierarchical.
    Frequent reorgs
    People very often leave and come back to the company to get promoted.
    They innovation is becoming very stale or by innovation you mean taking ideas from inventors. People stay in the same position for 5 - 10 years and deliver the same formats.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide ownership in projects and opportunities for growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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