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Was great once ...not so much anymore.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Half day Fridays
Some very nice hard working people

Cons

Way to much stress
Lack of direction from Sr management
Ultra high performance expectations
Management has definite favorites
Intense corporate politics at all levels

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Work with your employees to get them to the next level. Don't give them impossible goals that can't be met. If one falls from favor there is no redemption under current Sr Management regardless of performance. Quit firing your great leaders and talent. Treat employees with respect and not as commodities.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    FPF - NYC Office: Not worth the stress

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    So much potential, but a LOT is broken...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Manager  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays, generous time off, some flexibility based on boss/team, very smart and passionate people

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs, no clear career paths, can take too long for deserving people to get promoted...company values marketing above all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of shuffling directors and VPs around to lead departments and disciplines they have no experience in/know nothing about, hire experts from outside the organization to bring truly fresh perspective. In the hiring process, be sure that a candidate's experience is reflected in the role/level at which they're hired, otherwise their careers are stunted while at Mattel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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