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Mattel Reviews in New York, NY

Updated Mar 27, 2014
Mattel – El Segundo – “View from the street of the Mattel headquarter…”

Mattel – El Segundo – “View from the street of the Mattel headquarter…”
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2.6 11 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton

Bryan G. Stockton

(6 ratings)

50% 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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    Very Solid Company

    Project Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementOpen more job positions abroad

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Leadership void, no clear direction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsExtreme 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 Senior ManagementTreat 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.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefits, Awful treatment of Designers.

    Designer (Former Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsHard 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 Senior ManagementNotice 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementLearn 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.

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

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    Great company to work for

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI 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.

    ConsI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience with great people

    Mechanical Engineering (Former Employee) New York, NY

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

    Conshard 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was great once ...not so much anymore.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHalf day Fridays
    Some very nice hard working people

    ConsWay 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 Senior ManagementWork 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    FPF - NYC Office: Not worth the stress

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great internship experience. However, limited Engineering staff so it is difficult to get a job there after.

    Electronics Engineering Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDecent pay.
    Very good working environment.
    Willing assistance from bosses.
    Great head of engineering.
    Given creative freedom on some projects.

    ConsVery slow at times.
    Because of small engineering staff, it is difficult to get a job there after you graduate. If you are looking for a job that will give you this opportunity, look elsewhere.
    Monotonous, very "interny", work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork more closely with your interns. Although the consensus as a whole of the program is very devoted, individual bosses do not give as much individual attention.

    Organize the program a bit more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for a year maybe 2

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat pay, great benefits, great work life balance.

    ConsInterview process - 7 people over 1 month.
    Lack of promotion and ability for growth. There is rampant micromanaging and it's very hierarchical.
    Frequent reorgs
    People very often leave and come back to the company to get promoted.
    They innovation is becoming very stale or by innovation you mean taking ideas from inventors. People stay in the same position for 5 - 10 years and deliver the same formats.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide ownership in projects and opportunities for growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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