Mattel Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
236 Reviews
3.2
236 Reviews
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Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton
Bryan G. Stockton
90 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice (in 71 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 25 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 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    You're making toys!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than an 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Auditor in Miami, FL

    I worked at Mattel full-time (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
  6.  

    Positive work environment, great benefits.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of leadership and innovation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    Mattel hires talented hardworking people with good salaries and strong benefit package.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, bad behavior is rewarded in a highly political culture. Leadership is non existence and shallow. The Leadership team and CEO lack vision. The company systems are completely antiquated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a leadership role as the largest in the industry and make toys relevant again instead of lining your pockets with cash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (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
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - American Girl Bistro Server
    Current Employee - American Girl Bistro Server

    I have been working at Mattel part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible scheduling, happy people, happy customers. There is a 401(k) plan available, even though I'm just a part time server! Great managers, who understand that I'm still in school and need to balance my job and school well.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any! I come on the weekends, put on my pink hair bow, and get to work! The hostesses could be more fair with the way they seat us servers, but that's not really a complaint on the management!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great, so far!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Packaging in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Packaging in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    People and work life balance are great!

    Cons

    Creative culture could improve -

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what is happening below your level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mattel is having a huge impact on Fisher-Price and the cultural implications of that are not good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in East Aurora, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in East Aurora, NY

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

    Pros

    From a benefits perspective we receive generous time off (company shutdown for the December holiday break) and half day Fridays. Also you can't beat working on toys for a living!

    Cons

    Management's words dictate one direction but their actions show another. The culture is also changing on the East Aurora campus from one of mutual support to one where individuals will be petty in order to be noticed and therefore promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your actions should back up what you say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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