Mattel Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
230 Reviews
3.1
230 Reviews
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Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton
Bryan G. Stockton
88 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    You're making toys!

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked with really nice and helpful people and I had a great manager. The work is fun and collaborative. Friday's a short and that is really great. It's even greater if you have kids! Halloween and Christmas is amazing there.

    Cons

    Very long meetings so you get little time to do your work and the approval process is intense. The food they serve in the cafe is not good, there needs to be a healthier option and good food for all that amazing talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees don't have to work long nights and a lot of overtime, it's a burn-out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Eh

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, half day Fridays, Discount on Toys. Company closed during Christmas and New Year's holiday

    Cons

    Its who you know then what you know that gets you promoted or advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, but hierarchical and dated thinking

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    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In general, the people at Mattel are what make it a good place to work. It's a congenial atmosphere. In addition, the workload is pretty reasonable most of the time.

    Cons

    There is very little to make the company stand out...pay is ok, benefits are ok, perks are ok. The company is very efficient in the way it manages its manufacturing and product development processes, but in general, the thinking feels old-fashioned and slow to adapt to current marketplace forces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Producer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Mattel as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Mattel is a very corporate company.

    Cons

    Mattel is a very corporate company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Takes Care of Employees, Pay not as competitive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company of culture of rewarding employees - really invests a lot of money in make sure employees feel appreciated. Good Opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Does not pay competitively especially when developing from within. Company is not daring enough in terms of vision - is still making and marketing toys for children thirty years ago, not for children of today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too conservative as a toy company. Go big or go home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A fun place to work, we consider it "play"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Mattel has been voted one of the best places to work for many years because: 1) Vision is clearly communicated to employees on a regular bases, face-to-face, not just by tons of emails 2) Leadership excels in product management. There's several onsite training courses offered annually...FREE and at your discretion 3) Great benefits: pension, profit sharing and lots of time off. They encourage work-life balance and close at 1pm EVERY Friday. Holiday bonus week for Christmas. Toys are fun, stress free backdrop. Some of the best creative minds in the world

    Cons

    Development team works lots of overtime, even on Fridays. Toys don't have a high price point so compensation is a bit lower. You can earn more as an attorney on Wall Street but you wouldn't wear Khaki's and Pumas on Tuesday as some do here. Some locations have high overhead costs, no gym, cafeteria, daycare, etc. Agree that promotions aren't always a clear path, they're more frequent in larger departments and profit centers. Career/travel ops are best for sales, marketing, engineers & designers, its a challenge for some. Utilize as many benefits as you can as soon as you can to capitalize on your time there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management's time off policies are fair. Career advice should be unbiased; especially if the employee can benefit elsewhere. They should take heed to constructive criticism; some micro manage and can be condescending, which is counter productive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Auditor  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Auditor in Miami, FL

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here was the ambient of all of my coworkers its an excellent place to workI think

    Cons

    One of the challenges to work here I think it was the few time that I had to eat, a little bit less of an hour to eat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they are doing it great

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    If you like consumer products, great place. Benefits are great as we'll

    Cons

    You end up just being a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on price value of product

  10.  

    Positive work environment, great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, people, holidays, vacation. Company offered many holidays and standard vacation package. Health coverage was amazing.

    Cons

    Base pay is less but benefits can help compensate if they are important to you.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, half-day fridays, extra floating holidays, development courses, talented and smart employees.

    Cons

    Work-life balance sometimes difficult to achieve, dated corporate environment, top heavy with too many chiefs in the village. Political path to promotions. No transparency.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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