Mattel Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Pros and Cons

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not flexible, behind in technology and innovation.

  2. Helpful (1)

    high turnover poor management

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    half day Fridays, relaxed environment, 10 days off in December

    Cons

    poor management, layoffs, and lack of clear communication from management

    Advice to Management

    Create a space where employees are appreciated and clearly communicate your plan

  3. Helpful (2)

    Leadership void, no clear direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Half-day Friday (while that benefit lasts), pockets of decent people, good -- but waning -- brands.

    Cons

    Extreme cut-throat politics, beyond the norm of large corporate environments. Ethical mindset of past management draining away as panic sets in around declining business. Sustainability and social responsibility are PR fluff with no actual substance -- he only thing that matters is cost savings and cheap labor.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect, not as cheap disposable toys. With no solid prospects for the next few years and a bleak outlook in a stagnant industry, know that being good to your people is key to fueling a creative culture to perform well and innovate. Stop the in-fighting and focus on the business.

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  5. Very Solid Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think the company has good sound management that is making good decisions to keep us afloat in this economy. Sound judgement is important

    Cons

    There really aren't many. The product competition might be the worst. Other than that there aren't too many reasons why I would move to another company

    Advice to Management

    Open more job positions abroad

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits, Awful treatment of Designers.

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair compensation. Good vacation & holiday time. Half-day fridays.

    Cons

    Hard work & extra initiative is not acknowledged at Mattel (NYC FP Office). Designers are made to stay late (on average until 8pm) without overtime pay. Favorites shoot up the ladder because they say the right things to the right people. Management roles are not given to the most talented. "Producers" & "Work-horses" are kept in lower positions to do all the work and get no credit. If you are okay with staying late without getting promotions or appreciation - this is the place for you!

    Advice to Management

    Notice those who are the most talented & reward them!

    Mattel - If you want to be the "Most Innovative" toy company in the world, reward innovation & remove stagnation.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Sounds like a fun company, but the drama doesn't make it worth it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Half day fridays, free toys, creative work environment. Some really smart, creative people.

    Cons

    Very stressful, micro managing, Sr. Mgmt. can be abrasive and rude, compensation. Sometimes you feel guilty going to a doctor's appointment or even getting sick.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage up and don't take your stress out on the employees below. The work itself is fun, it's the people that make the job not worth it.

  8. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Mattel. It was both a creative and collaborative work environment. Even as an intern my ideas and opinions were valued, and I was treated as an equal team member.

    Cons

    I really cannot think of very many negatives about working here. It did feel very corporate at times, and that we were having to go through certain motions to merely comply with the corporation's standards.

  9. Great experience with great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    excellent location, great work environment, the people are amazing, fun, colorful, learned a lot about the product development process, half day fridays

    Cons

    hard to get overtime as an intern, some really busy times, and some slow times, large part of the job is communicating with China which can get difficult at times

  10. Was great once ...not so much anymore.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Half day Fridays
    Some very nice hard working people

    Cons

    Way to much stress
    Lack of direction from Sr management
    Ultra high performance expectations
    Management has definite favorites
    Intense corporate politics at all levels

    Advice to Management

    Work with your employees to get them to the next level. Don't give them impossible goals that can't be met. If one falls from favor there is no redemption under current Sr Management regardless of performance. Quit firing your great leaders and talent. Treat employees with respect and not as commodities.

  11. Helpful (2)

    FPF - NYC Office: Not worth the stress

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Half day Fridays
    Benefits
    Opportunity to work on great brands
    Opportunity to learn global product development

    Cons

    Very Stressful
    High-school politics
    Poor Sr. Mgmt
    Fear driven culture

    Advice to Management

    Instead of ridiculing and blaming poor performances on the lowest levels take a serious look at Sr. Mgmt. They create a culture of fear, passive aggression and negativity. People are laughed at in front of colleagues and then shunned from any career advancement. Some people thrive in this culture and are rewarded for "being on the bus." Well, school's out and I have other things to do.

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