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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

Pros

Benefits, people, talent, culture, fair company, in general it is a great company to work for and people are very nice, after all it's a toy company!

Cons

Changes, changes, changes, new clusters each 2 years, outsourcing, organizational changes etc. It could bring new opportunities to few, for others it will mean lay off, relocations, etc

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Even thou it happens on many companies, try not to fall into to much burocrasy, politics, etc. Mattel needs to innovate more, keep up with technology and always remember to stay true to their core values, other than that very satisfied

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    Highly toxic / political environment with old boys clubs at the top

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    Current Employee - Mid Level Management in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Management in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    1. Friday half days
    2. Location
    3. Cafeteria
    4. New CEO seems more passionate about growth (too early to comment)

    Cons

    1. Culture is more about how loud and how much you talk vs. action; stems from a marketing dominant company (B-rated at it)
    2. Promotions seldom happen with a lot of external hire ins at senior level, that means u are stuck while u see a bunch of SVPs u wonder how they got that title
    3. Top heavy; about 150 VP and above for a company of $6B; these guys never retire or leave and its an old boys club
    4. Too much of people stepping on each other's toes nothing gets done; company grew single digit yoy in last 10 years speaks volume how risk aversive and useless snr management is
    5. Company wants to grow international headed by leadership who has no idea what international is; probably can't point on the globe where taiwan or korea is
    6. Relationship based culture is a word used to disguise who you know matter more than capability
    7. Most real work done at Assoc/Manager/Director with leadership taking all credits almost actively; been in so many situations where all work is done and meeting is exclusively between your boss and the superiors...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Clean out the old rotten boys club and promote within
    2. Reduce number of VP and above and build a stronger middle
    3. See the cons above and figure out what to do

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    Swashbuckling in chaotic seas !

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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

    Pros

    New managemnt in IT.. VERY VERY Competent...
    If you like challenges, working as a team and New technologies.. THIS is the place for you..

    Cons

    IT is a commodity for Mattel Inc management. So It Budgets are very very limited ! Yet they do spend decent money !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use IT more effectively and then give it it's due !

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