Mattel Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. So much brilliant creative talent that is consistently squashed by overly cautious management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great employees and fun benefits, including half-day Fridays, in a creative environment. Middle management is typically supportive and sympathetic, trying to make a difference.

    Cons

    Creative environment is overshadowed by stodgy, overpaid, big brother corporate leadership. They give good lip service to cutting through the corporate red tape, promoting new ideas, pushing creative boundaries, and protecting employees, but in practice the opposite happens. Brands that were once interesting are now squashed into the same boring (and failing) molds which cater to the lowest common denominator, meetings and approval processes continually increase, and layoffs which primarily target the average employee happen yearly, at least. Upper management is rewarded while the work piles onto those at the bottom of the totem pole. All the while, they tell us we're making progress.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on upper management and upper management's perks, get Marketing out of the creative building, and let us be creative again. No one wants boring toys.

  2. Customer Marketing Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, half day Fridays. break between Christmas and New Years.

    Cons

    layoffs annually, product development lead time is slow and cannot meet market needs

  3. Six as a Graphic designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Ok pay. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Yearly lay offs and no employee investment. No new ideas from upper management and corporate mismanagement.

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  5. It's okay...

    Former Employee - Associate Designer
    Former Employee - Associate Designer

    I worked at Mattel

    Pros

    People places things food habits

    Cons

    Layoffs cubicles immature people lazy managers

    Advice to Management

    Do better

  6. Mattel is fully corporate and with that comes lots of problems.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits - half day Fridays, gym, and child care facility. Ability to change roles and responsibilities if you don't like what you're doing. Fun people - a lot of the people you work with are fun, smart and passionate.

    Cons

    Leadership struggling to get the company on track, processes seem broken, roles and responsibilies seem to overlap, tons of meetings, not very nimble and layoffs yearly and restructuring always a part of the job

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to think about long-term solutions and restructuring plans versus short term tactics. They need to align from top down on goals and remove barriers in order to be nimble. They also need to become customer-focused.

  7. A good place to work for if you like corporate companies.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and abundant resources afforded to employees. Good work to life balance. Fast paced, so you are seldom bored.

    Cons

    A roller coaster. Layoffs have plagued the company for years but many ousted employees come back if they choose to.

    Advice to Management

    Have confidence to continue brands and products beyond the first year.

  8. Very good learning ground but challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent brands and competitive salaries

    Cons

    Company personnel and leadership egocentrism

  9. Pros and Cons

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    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not flexible, behind in technology and innovation.

  10. Lots of layoffs

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    Former Employee - Staff Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with toys. Very creative workplace.

    Cons

    Lots of layers of management, lots of back and forth changes.

    Advice to Management

    The straightest course to a creative product is NOT second guessing every move.

  11. Corporate America at it's best and worst.

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    Former Employee - Product Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Product Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    From a design standpoint, you get to work on really cool things that will go out all over the world. Most people are very nice and down to earth.

    Cons

    Upper Management is too far removed both from their workers, and from what is relevant these days. Too much emphasis on the money- taking risks is unheard of.

    Advice to Management

    Hire younger, more clued in people. Realize that you have to break the mold sometimes to succeed. Barbie isn't going anywhere anymore. It's time for change.

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