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Human capital is the greatest asset... not convinced Sr. Mgmt understands this currently

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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

Some of the most creative people I've come across--I'm inspired on a daily basis by many members of my team.
Great vacation time---week off between Christmas--New Years and mini "Spring Break"
Mattel walks the walk for product safety
Fun-loving environment
People take pride in the work they do
Diverse resources to get projects done--from in-house media, production, research

Cons

Work-life balance depends on department and mgr. style
Debilitating politics--very demoralizing
Top heavy with not enough worker bees and lower levels getting burnt out--many different job functions are over workload capacity.
Although it's a fun loving environment, after the last round of layoffs the moral is down from being overworked.
Lots of reorgs that are disruptive to teams--most of these reorgs seem more reactionary than strategic

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Our business depends on happy creative teams and our human capital is our greatest asset. Don't focus on saving a few marginal dollars if it means overloading people and not leaving time to sit back and think of the next great idea.

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    It's on the Top 100 Best places to work for a reason... It does make sense to me.

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    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    Although I have only been here for a short time, I got really nervous looking at some the feedback prior to accepting the job offer. There was some really critical things that turned me off based on the reviews. However through the interview process I did not find the concerns raised to be reflective of the people I met with. Under a year with Mattel and I can share with all that read this, that I am EXTREMELY happy with my decision to move here. I had a great gig where I was at before, so I had no reason to move except for the challenge of working at the largest toy maker. The biggest 'pro" for me so far is the people I work with. I have really been impressed with the cordial and friendly atmosphere that seems to be all over. There are some unhappy people, don't get me wrong, but from what I can tell, its seems to be from very old time folks who are still upset about the layoffs that happened a few years ago and restructuring that's taken place. But all in all, I'm very happy so far. Comp and benefits is really good too. Love having Xmas to New Years off without affecting vacation, sweet!! Plus everyone is off too, so email and backlog is almost non-existant when come back after the New Year. Double sweet!

    Cons

    In regards to politics, I have observed the concern raised by others, but the reality is that exists in every large organization. One difference here I noticed is that people do 'check-in' with folks not because it's the political thing to do, but because they want to be inclusionary (which is not a bad thing) when making big decisions.
    The HQ office is tough to get too unless you live in the west side of LA area. Although they have an onsite cafe with lots of variety, there are very few dining options (walking distance) when you just feel like going outside. Parking also sucks unless you got a reserved spot that is not just for compact cars (very minor irritation).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to continue to communicate the direction, you cannot have too much. There are still people (from what I can tell) who still don't "get" what is happening. We have great products, we have a good place to work. What seems to frustrate long-time employees is the accordian approach last few years (expand and cut back, expand and cut back). But I can't speak to that since I can only reflect on 2010 & 2011.

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    Mattel is a great place to work.

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

    I worked at Mattel

    Pros

    Mattel has good benefits, amenities and is in a great location. There is a lot of energy, and an atmosphere of dedication among the intelligent and vibrant employees.

    Cons

    Mattel asks a lot of its employees. There is a lot of work which needs to be done, often on tight schedules, with minimal staffing. Layoffs are not uncommon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mattel needs to spend a lot more time and effort on training its supervisors how to be supervisors, and how to be motivators. There needs to be emphasis put on being good managers, not just getting the work done.

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