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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

Approves of CEO

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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 !

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very good!

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    Current Employee - Intern - Fisher-Price  in  East Aurora, NY
    Current Employee - Intern - Fisher-Price in East Aurora, NY

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    excellent corporate culture, growing company, growth opportunity for the employees at the lower level. The top management is always looking for opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    at mid and senior level the growth is really limited and will take a long time to make it beyond the current level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think as of now, the management is making all the right moves and is heading in the right direction

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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