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Mattel Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
254 Reviews
3.1
254 Reviews
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Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice (in 75 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights (in 15 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some good people and perks, but terrible management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    halfday fridays, absolutely the best thing

    lots of celebrations with free food, as long as you don't mind that people are being laid off while everyone is given cupcakes and dancers are hired

    lots of clubs and charity work

    Cafeteria is decent

    Cons

    The company is outdated and paranoid and doesn't really care about its people or understand its market. They haven't had a hit toy in ages and they're panicked. The organization is bloated, and the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.

    The day starts at 8AM, for real.

    The company feels like a cult.

    They reorg and lay people off all the time. If Christmas isn't good, don't go there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and trust your people. Stop wasting money with silly spending and too much bureaucracy, and invest in some new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    No comment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    Half day Fridays are good.

    Cons

    I have no comment for cons.

  3.  

    This is not a production company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Time off policies are flexible
    -Family Friendly

    Cons

    -Treat their freelancers like second class citizens
    -Tons of corporate politics
    -No room for upward mobility in production

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to get reviewed on how the team is growing and how we can improve. In my time at Mattel, I only ever received negative feedback in the case of a misstep and rarely in a positive light. It would also be great if Mattel could give a clearer path of career growth as well as assigned responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great People, Terrible/ Out-dated System

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Upper managements are all very friendly and supportive.
    Great benefits
    Cafeteria food is amazing (always a bonus!)

    Cons

    Top Heavy
    A lot of Re-orgs
    Terrible systems

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    SFA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay and half day Fridays. Reasonable work life balance

    Cons

    Poor career planning, short sight focus, lot of layers need to approve plans

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify processes, take care of your people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    It's great working with toys, benefits are good, and the people are great. Reasonable work-life balance and time-off policies are fair, plus lots of holiday time.

    Cons

    Some advancement for older workers. Company re-structures create a situation where the remaining workers absorb the workloads of those eliminated. Longer hours for the individual are a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in mind that streamlining the work force is not always a best answer. Workers appreciate still being employed, but an over-saturated workload will only cause undue stress, and deadlines could be missed.

  8.  

    Seasonal retail service

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

    Pros

    flexiblity. good support from leadership

    Cons

    personal growth. distance of driving time.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, but hierarchical and dated thinking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    In general, the people at Mattel are what make it a good place to work. It's a congenial atmosphere. In addition, the workload is pretty reasonable most of the time.

    Cons

    There is very little to make the company stand out...pay is ok, benefits are ok, perks are ok. The company is very efficient in the way it manages its manufacturing and product development processes, but in general, the thinking feels old-fashioned and slow to adapt to current marketplace forces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Eh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, half day Fridays, Discount on Toys. Company closed during Christmas and New Year's holiday

    Cons

    Its who you know then what you know that gets you promoted or advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mattel is having a huge impact on Fisher-Price and the cultural implications of that are not good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in East Aurora, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in East Aurora, NY

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

    Pros

    From a benefits perspective we receive generous time off (company shutdown for the December holiday break) and half day Fridays. Also you can't beat working on toys for a living!

    Cons

    Management's words dictate one direction but their actions show another. The culture is also changing on the East Aurora campus from one of mutual support to one where individuals will be petty in order to be noticed and therefore promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your actions should back up what you say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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