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Mattel Reviews in New York, NY

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Pros
  • Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice (in 75 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights (in 15 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very Solid Company

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Open more job positions abroad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I worked at Mattel as an intern (less than an year)

    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.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great experience with great people

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel as an intern (less than an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Was great once ...not so much anymore.

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    FPF - NYC Office: Not worth the stress

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Electronics Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineering Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work 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.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Good for a year maybe 2

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

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, great work life balance.

    Cons

    Interview 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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide ownership in projects and opportunities for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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