67% of the CEO
I worked at Hasbro as an intern for less than a year
Pros – Everyone at Hasbro is creative, smart, and friendly. It was such a great experience co-oping here. I did something different everyday and enjoyed doing it as well.
Cons – None that I can think of.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2013-03-20 17:58 PDT
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I worked at Hasbro full-time for more than 10 years
Pros – It used to be a family of people working together to make great, safe products, at a profit. Like any other business it had its deadlines and stresses, but it was all for a good reason.
Cons – People who thought they knew the business better than those who had succeeded for years tried to make it fit a different model. Once the new experts tried one reorganization after another, all the money for proper development was depleted.
Advice to Senior Management – Stop moving things around and let the experts do what they do best.
2013-10-03 04:02 PDT
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I worked at Hasbro full-time for more than 8 years
Pros – East Longmeadow site had a great group of coworkers - like a family
Benefits and pay were OK to good depending on the job/department
Creative professionals are very talented
Half day Friays (at the expense of long days Mon-Thurs)
Made great product
Cons – Diminishing respect for your job or location from the corporate headquarters
Profits from your site seemed to be spent on art and improvements for the headquarters while your site fell apart
Massive layoffs loomed over everyone several times a year despite a profitable year for your business group
Upper management does not care if you are an exceptional employee with the highest reviews and raises: you are cut loose when you are over age 40 and deemed redundant or plateau-ing in your job
Great opportunities and obvious next great product ideas are ignored because middle aged men in decision making positions cannot imagine what a little girl would like to play with and ignore the women experts that were hired to develop this area
Advice to Senior Management – There are many good managers. But the senior managers get in their own way with micro- managing away on shelf schedules. Projects get delayed anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks waiting for manangement to approve something or provide feedback.
The games industry was profitable despite a cutback of product by over 50 percent of previous years offerings. But the plans to move the Games division were already in place. People who know nothing about games are now managing the business of games. These men were probably told to fire half the work force and save money to finance the move of the games division to Rhode Island. But they should have actually listened to the advice the experts in the field and maybe they'd have made more money in the end.
If something works well, find out why and keep the good parts of that business process intact. If a business unit has a good reputation for working well and having great scheduling, budgeting, quality and creative product record, why do you break it apart and follow a model that does not work well? Example: Why do games have to be all boy or girl like a toy? That segments the product and eliminates half the market.
Killing off profitable products (millions of dollars per year) because you cannot understand why it is fun or because it competes with another toy you have personal ties to, maybe means you should not be in charge.
And when the staff that is there to help support you during these tough changes even when they know their days are numbered says good morning or good night, show some decency and respond in kind.
Respect and Trust your staff. Support each other. Your reports look to you to guide them, not intimidate and diminish.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-09-17 19:20 PDT
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I have been working at Hasbro
Pros – Nice people, good brands, exciting corporate strategic plans
Cons – Challenging management team except at highest levels.
Advice to Senior Management – Get the best to lead
2011-03-22 18:15 PDT
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