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Sweet slow moving Grandpa of the toy industry

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Producer in El Segundo, CA
Current Employee - Senior Producer in El Segundo, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Mattel tries so hard to be good to it's employees. In order to build in El Segundo, they had to make a deal with L.A. to adjust their hours to reduce traffic around LAX. Therefore both Mattel and Fisher Price get half day Fridays. Many employee events. Lots of events for families and kids.

Cons

The entire company reports to the CEO, therefore carefully researched decisions can be changed on a whim. Great deal of paranoia about other companies, and ironically, their own employees. Mattel works years to get something on the shelf and three months later, there is is by another company at half the price. They need to be a little more fast moving. It's a young world out there.

Advice to Management

Take a hard look at your Managers. Many of them are from other industries and so poorly suited for their roles. Open up your world and trust your employees and they will bring you good work. Go for quality, rather than junk for quick profit (Barbie DVDs... need I say more?). Be a leader in the marketplace, not a panicked follower.

Other Employee Reviews for Mattel

  1. Helpful (2)

    Stressfull, But Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International Barbie Marketing in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - International Barbie Marketing in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Environment, benefits and salary are good. Friday's only work until 1 pm. Creative and fun to see your concepts come out of the Design Center. Great cafe and gym.

    Cons

    Marketing is always stressful, but still rewarding. The toy industry is extremely competitive so there is always a buzz about lay-offs. There is a huge division between the upper management and the employees. It's rather insulting...like they are royalty.

    Advice to Management

    Be friendly. We're all just people


  2. Overall Good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Serivice Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Regional Serivice Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mattel part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexible hours, friendly managers

    Cons

    No Cons to really talk about

    Advice to Management

    communicate objectives to staff a little better


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