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An exciting, fun, leading edge, global experience, working with very high caliber people.

Vice President Category Management (Former Employee) El Segundo, CA

Pros1) Fast moving and growing creates opportunities
2) Everyone knows your business so long lasting discussions with friends and other contacts
3) Far ahead of everyone in methods, processes, technology, globalization and many other issues. I have worked for very big recognizable companies that are years behind Mattel in these areas.
4) The people are challenging, direct, a bit abrasive, brilliant and unafraid of taking risks.
5) If you deliver and perform and "toot" your own horn you will be recognized and rewarded..
7) By far the most creative group of people I have ever worked with. Everyday was a discovery of something exciting. They are merging technology with creativity and creating new play patterns that are exciting. In the cons there is a huge challenge.

Cons1) Long hours and if you travel you can be gone a long time
2) The most political company I ever worked for. In my situation I was lucky, I had a very high level mentor and protector.
3) This is the worst, people who are high performers and do not sell themselves every day are not recognized. I had to dig to find them and then train them to sell themselves.
4) It is possible to be capable of selling yourself and not capable of delivering and get rewarded over those who deliver. 3) and 4) go together.
5) The toy business is shrinking and being replaced by the electronics consumer products and services. Mattel is slow to react. They should be a leader. Mattel's electronic debacle of the 1970s is still remembered by the board and is shunting their growth
6) They have yet to figure out what to do with "tween girls. 7-12 year old girls in the USA and all of Europe dramatically reduced their play time with toys and have increased their purchases of teen like products and services. They must solve this problem. There are some 30 million girls in this age group. A country by itself.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe board of directors is well balanced. Five years from now the world will not look like it does now and there will be major changes in a child's play pattern. As a strategy, Mattel needs to get out in front of these changes to seize the market. Right now they appear to be one to two years behind. I give you one example. Steven Jobs and the iPhone. Think about what Apple did outside of its comfort zone in a crowded market with huge competition. In two years they took a huge market share. Mattel of the old days, used to do that.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid company. Takes care of employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel


    Pros: work/life balance. Takes care of employees. Cons: Can be political as is the case in most large… Advice to Senior Management: Doing a good job. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Good Place. Good People. Political. Fast Paced Environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel


    Pros: Mattel has great people and a fun environment overall due to the nature of the products you make. You have the opportunity to interact with… Cons: - Political Environment - Senion Management Lacks Focus and Clear… Advice to Senior Management: Focus! Respect the workers who are putting in time to… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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