Mattel Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Best position in the company!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Service Representative in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Retail Service Representative in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked for the best division of Mattel! We were the eyes, the ears, and the heart that beat, Mattel! Flexible hours & generous holiday pay to PTRl It was a dream job!

    Cons

    Mattel was the #1 Premiere Toy Company in the World...I would love to see it back in it's reigns!

    Advice to Management

    Get Mattel back on the map! Make Mattel be the #1 Toy Company in the world, that it deserves to be! Let's go Barbie, Monster High, Ever After High, Hot Wheels, WWE, Monster Jam, and Fisher Price!!!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great IP, Terrible Leadership

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redondo Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits Talented coworkers Strong IP Good location

    Cons

    Executive Management is weak and only promotes the people who are just like them in their clique-y "inner circle". The senior management behave like "Mean Girls" and allow people to be treated terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and start assessing all strong performers instead of just the "favorites" or you will continue to lose the best and brightest to your competitors


  3. Helpful (3)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half Day Fridays, Holidays off

    Cons

    Corporate, Upper Management, Too Many Meetings


  7. Fantastic Company!

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


  8. manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    There are too many VP's

    Advice to Management

    Play with your own toys


  9. Helpful (7)

    Cast System - Company run by old white men

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    An absolute cesspool

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great coworkers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers Half day Fridays All kinds of diversity Great benefits

    Cons

    High level management Approval process can be slow Old school / traditional - hard to try new things

    Advice to Management

    Should try to understand and to better know their employees. Challenge employees and listen to them instead of making decisions on your own.



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