Mattel Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Mattel Interim-CEO Christopher A. Sinclair
Christopher A. Sinclair
13 Ratings

Pros
  • Half day Fridays are a great attraction (in 75 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Do not value employees or work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. Great

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Promo in Bloomington, CA
    Former Employee - Promo in Bloomington, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quite easy everything is clearly instructed, fast moving, and Leads give everyone the chance to excel.

    Cons

    2-3 sexual harassment cases involving forklift drivers, last minute changes in promo, and not always fully prepared.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    creative , innovative , fast changes , lots of opportunity to implement ideas , great people to work with

    Cons

    they look for yes people , not a lot of career growth , salaries are low overall

    Advice to Management

    Review overall salaries versus the industry , need to be aware of market value of talent


  3. Helpful (1)

    Going down

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid Level Worker Bee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Worker Bee in El Segundo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. But those and other aspects of comp are in the process of being reduced, from 401k match to health insurance and probably everything else except bloated executive salaries and bonuses. The SVPs and above will surely be rewarded for cutting costs through reduction of employee perks and benefits.

    Cons

    There's no strategy or vision. Every group operates in a silo so there's a lot of reinventing the wheel and conflicting objectives. People are using resources for initiatives that get scrapped, get overridden in a political battle, or launch half-baked. That's where the money gets wasted, not employees benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Stop moving the same senior management around to different roles for which they lack skills, background or natural talent to be effective. Their "successes" from years ago aren't relevant now - because the industry has changed and they haven't. Fire some of them and get new blood. Also: "speed to market" isn't the holy grail. Stuff is slipping through the cracks and that's usually a bad thing.


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  5. OK working environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Mattel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creative, fun, innovative, exciting, fast moving

    Cons

    A BIG company. Overly bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Let people dream


  6. Helpful (1)

    Marketing Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Half Day Fridays, Holidays off

    Cons

    Corporate, Upper Management, Too Many Meetings


  7. Political and old school

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

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

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

    Pros

    Some nice people. Half day Fridays.

    Cons

    Politics, backstabbing, bad management. Fear of new ideas. No innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the executives (and their big salaries and benefits) who have been bringing the brands down for the last few years. Get in (promote???) people who really know how to manage brands.


  8. manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    There are too many VP's

    Advice to Management

    Play with your own toys


  9. Fantastic Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Service Representative (Merchandiser)
    Current Employee - Retail Service Representative (Merchandiser)

    I have been working at Mattel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They offer great benefits such as 401k, health insurance, flexible hours and so much more.

    Cons

    The company could be somewhat disorganized at times.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Cast System - Company run by old white men

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel

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

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays, decent benefits. Greatly appreciate week off at Christmas.

    Cons

    Disorganized. The constant threat of lay-offs completely destroys morale. Company run by ego-maniacs. Inept all-male leadership making million dollar salaries are steering company closer and closer to financial cliff. Sparse leadership roles for women. Failure to think outside of box. Failure to adapt to technology driven market shift. Married to sexist anorexic branding of Barbie which is the reason the brand is failing. Too much focus on making cheap products versus quality products. Treat employees like expendable manufacturing materials.

    Advice to Management

    Forget about stock prices & appeasing stockholders which handicap creativity & risk taking. Focus on creativity, innovation & allow your employees to take risks & make mistakes. The focus should be on building a successful company, not driving stock prices. Treat your employees with respect & they will work harder to help your company succeed. Stop drawing out layoffs. If you need to make employee cuts, make the cuts. Stop dragging layoffs out over months & years which is agonizing, distracting & paralyzing.


  11. Helpful (1)

    An absolute cesspool

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

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

    Pros

    You sell toys even though you have to remind yourself most days Half day Friday did I mention half day Friday

    Cons

    Absolute disaster; highly toxic work environment. Dysfunctional leadership team. Turnover is ridiculous

    Advice to Management

    Round up entire vp and above to be fired



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