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Mattel Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
Mattel – El Segundo – “View from the street of the Mattel headquarter…”

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3.4 220 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton

Bryan G. Stockton

(80 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work life balance, good salaries, half day fridays, good health insurance plan(in 63 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of(in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights(in 13 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails(in 11 reviews)

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed experience with IT department.

    IT Director (Current Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsGreat experience working on enterprise projects

    ConsSenior management isn't engaged with their staff. They are more concerned with keeping their jobs than doing what is right for the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement 360 degree reviews.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A pretty good company to work fo

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsThere is a good culture here of people who work well together and manyh people have worked there a long time, like 30 or 40 years. Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice

    ConsManagement can be a little quick to have layoffs when there are several slow quarters. And not the people who are responsible for the slow sales. Senior managment not great at communicating company vision

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more clear to employees about strategy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    ruthless culture

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsKnown brand, very involved in the community. Fun products, creative people. Good benefits, lots of holidays.

    ConsRuthless, highly political culture, but great at marketing themselves as otherwise. They allow lots of bad behavior -- most of leadership perpetuates the toxic culture. Very top-heavy. People are given promotions and high-level titles as rewards for technical accomplishments and fire-fighting, not because they are exceptional managers/leaders capable of developing their people and creating great teams. Last century HR processes and systems. Some people sit back and rest on their laurels while others work so hard and so much that they don't have time to have good work/life balance. If you are accomplished at corporate politics and can check your conscience at the doorway, you'll do well here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about that fable "The Emperor Has No Clothes" -- and own up to the fact that you are that naked emperor. Everyone knows it's a house of cards, but who cares when you have a name brand like Mattel? Start caring about all the dead bodies you leave in your wake. Bring in new HR leadership. Stop operating as silos and start modeling cooperation, collaboration and teamwork. Take a serious look at workloads and re-evaluate the distribution of responsibilities. Pay attention to which areas/groups of the company bear the greatest burden when multiple change initiatives are implemented simultaneously. Act like you care about more than your executive perks and bonuses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people to work with, management not so much.

    Project Designer (Former Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsThe people in the trenches are wonderful, fun, talented people who love what they do. There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of.

    ConsUpper management is reactionary and not proactive. No real sense of leadership for guiding the company into the future other than continuing efforts at cost cutting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActual visionary leadership at the top to guide the company into a future which will only become more challenging.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOnsite gym, good benefits, half day Fridays, good cafeteria

    Consnot too many, most decisions are made by reaction, not so much planning.

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    Good Place, Bad Location

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Environment and a lot of good people

    ConsMove to a place that isn't in the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new location

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    Creative and fun, but stressful and exhausting.

    Associate Marketing Manager (Current Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsCreative environment with wonderful people to work with.

    ConsMinimal work-life balance. Some positions require round the clock accessibility and assumed availability to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire younger people with more break frame ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's old school corporate: politics gets promoted not talent. And everyone else is just a piece of meat.

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsAnd a employer name you don't have to explain to people, casual dress all week, 1/2 day Fridays, 2 weeks off at Xmas, and decent benefits IF you are permanent (which Mattel rarely does now). Oh and no 13th floor in the tower. So, THAT silly superstition is still being perpetuated (by a multi-billion dollar corporation).

    ConsPolitics & "old-boys club" prevails. If you're in the executive club, you'll be rewarded handsomely -- higher pay, stock options, car leases, trips, gifts, etc. But the people who actually do the work are squeezed about day-to-day spending needed to do their job. Then management will go waste thousands of dollars on some crap "gift" that is left on every employee's desk to announce a new product or event. (Cool! I can't make rent this month, but at least I have a set of cheap ear-buds that I don't need in a fabric zip-pouch with the Mattel logo on it. Totally worth being homeless for that!)

    The annual review process is a rigged-game -- raises are budgeted 6 months before the reviews are even written. And if everyone does a great job, it actually means LESS of a raise for each person because there is just so much allocated to the peon class. Anyone can be laid off when the company has even one bad quarter (even if you had nothing to do with the low sales)...but the exec who was in charge of that low-income division still has HIS job.

    So, unless you are one of the "chosen ones", this is not a company that supports & promotes employee happiness or growth. They just don't get that happy employees = improved business & profits, nor do they seem to care.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook up the definition of "employee morale" because you're shockingly tone-deaf to it. I mean: laying off dozens of people, telling employees there will be no raises or bonuses -- and then you give bonus checks & raises to the executives? Do you think your employees are stupid and/or don't talk to each other? No matter how hard you try to spin something, your employees can see through it & know what you're really doing. So, instead, be honest & frank -- we'll tolerate it a lot more than any of the current slick BS coming from the 15th floor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good atmosphere and great place to learn

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCreative, smart and driven people

    ConsLarge, slow decision making process

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet strategy and get out of the way

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    Old boys club, highly politically charged, lacks leadership, and innovation.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, half day Fridays, and shuts down during holiday season; Exposure to a variety of brands to work on.

    ConsIt's an old boys club that rates your political savvyness above talent. It's who you know, not what you know. If you're in the clique, you'll get promoted. They are more concerned about posturing than leading their teams and coming up with great ideas.

    New people with new ideas will get frustrated and leave because Mattel doesn't know what to do with you. "This is how it's always been done at Mattel" is a common mantra. Upper mgmt have been there far too long. More people from the outside with fresh ideas need to replace the current regime.

    Micro-management at the leadership level is prevalent. Leadership can override all other decisions made below them. The "worker bees" voices are never heard. At any given point, 5 layers above can override any decisions made at the team level. It sends the wrong message and you're never truly empowered working there.

    Leadership all know each other from the past - it's an incestuous environment and you always feel paranoid that you'll get laid off. Those at the top and the clique, will never get laid off yet, they're the ones making the bad decisions that's driving Mattel in the wrong direction. Antiquated processes, old ways of thinking, bad leadership, & a highly political environment is what Mattel stands for today. Sadly, they've been unable to leverage the strength of their brands beyond the physical. Hasbro is 3 years ahead of the curb.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeverage the strength of your brands beyond toys. This should have been done years ago! Take more risks like your competition is doing. Change the regime at the top and stop incentivising them - that's the biggest issue! Put an end to micro-managing and empower your teams. Hire new leaders from the outside but leverage their knowledge and new processes so they don't get frustrated and leave. The current leadership is creating the wrong culture and producing ideas that no one wants anymore. Mattel needs a reboot!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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