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Could be the perfect workplace, if only the management rewarded the work and not political maneuvering and glad-handing.

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Former Employee - Project Designer  in  El Segundo, CA
Former Employee - Project Designer in El Segundo, CA

I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Highly creative environment. Great people. Competitive salary. Working on big entertainment properties. TOYS!

Cons

Middle management flooded with low-talent, politically-oriented yes-men who never hesitate to throw their highly-skilled, hard-working minions under the bus to keep them down and make themselves look good.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look at your best creators and innovators and promote them. Middle management doesn't benefit from smiling politicians. It needs passionate, gritty ass-kickers.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    FANTASTIC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - generous pay & benefits
    - more vacation and holiday time off than any other company in the cpg realm
    - 5-10 minutes from the beach
    - half-day Fridays all year long
    - fun products and marketing campaigns
    - intelligent, inspiring co-workers

    Cons

    - there are no glaring cons; general office politics and red tape

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    Former Employee - Producer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and diverse. Many have worked there for many years. In order for Mattel to have such a large company in the area, LA made them work around the heavy LAX traffic - therefore half day Fridays. Mattel is generous to their employees in many ways.

    Cons

    Everything goes up the chain to one person, therefore there is a lot of paranoia and constant changing of plans. Sadly, Mattel gets in its own way a lot and can move very slowly. The smaller upstart toy companies often get the products on the shelf more quickly at a lower cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please trust the creative people you take so much care in recruiting and placing. It's soul crushing to have years of work killed in one hour because mothers in Long Beach "didn't get it." Take a good look at who your managers are and what they are capable of. There are a lot of people coasting and some great folks who are going unrecognized. The corporate structure needs a re-org.

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