Mattel Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Fast paced company in transition.

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in El Segundo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, raises, great opportunities with handwork. Talented creatives, best industry knowledge out there, a lot of resources, and welcoming to interns/younger designers.

    Cons

    Marketing and management rotates in and out continuously. Constantly have to prove yourself even as a veteran. It has a good old boys feel.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions faster and give your workers the time to do their jobs right. Focus on the product.

  2. It's okay...

    Former Employee - Associate Designer
    Former Employee - Associate Designer

    I worked at Mattel

    Pros

    People places things food habits

    Cons

    Layoffs cubicles immature people lazy managers

    Advice to Management

    Do better

  3. Great Experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great sense of work/life balance. Everyone their seems to really love their jobs.

    Cons

    Not many bad things I can say about Mattel.

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  5. The worst working experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some people were nice and Friday half days were nice.

    Cons

    Continual layoffs and some managers do not know what they are doing. Very cliquish, if you don't get in, then you are out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees and don't layoff just to save a few bucks.

  6. Company is a mess!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

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

    Pros

    -Decent pay
    -Good benefits
    -Half Day fridays

    Cons

    -No company direction
    -Poor management alignment

    Advice to Management

    -Make decisions

  7. Mattel is fully corporate and with that comes lots of problems.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits - half day Fridays, gym, and child care facility. Ability to change roles and responsibilities if you don't like what you're doing. Fun people - a lot of the people you work with are fun, smart and passionate.

    Cons

    Leadership struggling to get the company on track, processes seem broken, roles and responsibilies seem to overlap, tons of meetings, not very nimble and layoffs yearly and restructuring always a part of the job

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to think about long-term solutions and restructuring plans versus short term tactics. They need to align from top down on goals and remove barriers in order to be nimble. They also need to become customer-focused.

  8. Helpful (6)

    Plastic Ain't Fantastic

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked 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

    - 1/2 day Fridays are awesome (though it often becomes time you use to catch up)
    - Discount toys are fun
    - Philanthropy opportunities
    - Employee picnics (except the ones that were exclusive)
    - Education/development courses are a nice break and really helpful
    - Fun brands
    - They pay well

    Cons

    - Incompetent/unqualified management
    - Dismissive HR
    - Uninspiring
    - Sexism is rampant
    - If you aren't in Toy, you will get little support
    - Inability to leverage IPs strategically
    - No work/life balance
    - Meetings upon meetings
    - Decision/lack of decision by committee paralyzes progress
    - Innovation/new ideas are "encouraged" and then discarded
    - Far behind competitors in tech and digital

    Advice to Management

    1) GBT/Market split doesn't truly address market needs - put more power back in their hands
    2) Marketers should be fluent in digital marketing to some degree, vs. centralizing all digital knowledge and getting bogged down in politics and bottlenecks (though Video Game production and marketing should be centralized)
    3) LISTEN to employee concerns about managers and do something about it; trim the fat
    4) Sexism is rampant in your company - figure it out and fix it
    5) You need fresh, smart blood in there to jumpstart the company. From the outside, Mattel looks like a dinosaur trying to dance wearing roller skates on a sinking ship
    6) Your people are starving for inspiration and looking for leadership to lead, while simultaneously refreshing LinkedIn and Indeed several times a day
    7) Get back to the heart of the thing and create the ~future~ of play. IP. Inspiration. Iteration. Innovation. No one is saying there isn't a place for plastic, especially in some of the international territories - but Mattel needs to think about the toys and ways to play of tomorrow, not stand on ceremony and sing praises to brands and products of the past
    8) Encourage fun - happy employees are creative and productive employees

  9. A good place to work for if you like corporate companies.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

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

    Pros

    Great people and abundant resources afforded to employees. Good work to life balance. Fast paced, so you are seldom bored.

    Cons

    A roller coaster. Layoffs have plagued the company for years but many ousted employees come back if they choose to.

    Advice to Management

    Have confidence to continue brands and products beyond the first year.

  10. Helpful (2)

    No work life balance. 3 major layoff rounds between Mar 2014-Mar 2015.

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in El Segundo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    You work for Barbie and Hot Wheels. Nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Barbie is a slave driver. No formal safe way to give feedback to supervisor. No work life balance. I'm in finance and ate dinner at Mattel 2-4x a week consistently. Laid off after less than a year from downsizing. Everyone else I know has also either been laid off or left on their own since working conditions are so bad.

    Advice to Management

    Please establish a way for employees to safely and formally give feedback to supervisors.

  11. Very good learning ground but challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent brands and competitive salaries

    Cons

    Company personnel and leadership egocentrism

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