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Mattel Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
263 Reviews
3.1
263 Reviews
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Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice (in 75 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 27 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 12 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    It's great working with toys, benefits are good, and the people are great. Reasonable work-life balance and time-off policies are fair, plus lots of holiday time.

    Cons

    Some advancement for older workers. Company re-structures create a situation where the remaining workers absorb the workloads of those eliminated. Longer hours for the individual are a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in mind that streamlining the work force is not always a best answer. Workers appreciate still being employed, but an over-saturated workload will only cause undue stress, and deadlines could be missed.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    not so good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Call Center in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Call Center in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    nice chairs, nice parking lot

    Cons

    low pay, too many toys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Excellent benefits and co-workers

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

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, ample vacation time, creative environment, half day Fridays

    Cons

    A draconian IP policy that dictates anything we create during our off-hours that could be seen as having a toy application belongs to the company and they consider anything from a children's book to a killer robot as their intellectual property of Mattel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current executive leadership team inspires neither confidence or loyalty. Clean house and hire some leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Seasonal retail service

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

    Pros

    flexiblity. good support from leadership

    Cons

    personal growth. distance of driving time.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experience at Mattel

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are great. There is a lot of potential for growth. Many people are understanding and willing to hear you out. Very understanding about having a life outside of work and willing to work with you in order to keep work life balance great.

    Cons

    Could be difficult to move up if the timing isn't right. There are many factors that are involved in whether you get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You rarely see upper management, and they do not help the people that are under them with their growth. They also don't take the time to get to know the employees unless you are at their level, and they act as if they sit on a throne.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship; if you're interviewing, run!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Girls Marketing in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Girls Marketing in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    1/2 day Fridays and good cafeteria
    Did I say1/2 day Friday

    Cons

    Highly political and toxic environment. poor leadership consisting of good old boys club including most of the C-levels. Most came from Kraft and scratched each other's back. You'll find ferraris, Porsches, Astons parked on the 2nd floor garage while the rest are paid peanuts. What a shame...

    It doesn't take rocket science to figure out future is in digital and it's almost 2015 and this company is wasting time w traditional toys. Shows the weakness of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sink this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Do as I say, Not as I do

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    • Senior Management
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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you like hard work and constant challenges. Great international work experience opportunities and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with employee base and frankly, they don't care. All they care about is making their multi-million dollar bonuses. Even at the expense of others. Proclaim and enforce values and ethics while not applying the same to themselves - a double standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the mirror! You lack leadership, company values, and especially, lack the respect of employees. Much talent has left to go work for competitors because of Management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Challenging Culture

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits: half-day Friday's year round, offices closed for many holidays including time between Christmas and New Year, toy discounts. The company is also committed to giving back to the community so there is always an opportunity to volunteer. Lastly, the people are very smart and hard working

    Cons

    Extremely political and hierarchical. Its a shark tank where promotions are given based on relationships and favoritism rather than hard work and results. People will often step on each other's toes to get ahead. Additionally, Mattel is very lean and expects its employees to do the job of many so long nights and weekends are the norm. Overall, the culture is toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people are stretched too thin and shortening product development timelines are negatively affecting work life balance as well as the quality of products. Think about appreciating employees and truly developing talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    You're making toys!

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    • Senior Management
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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 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

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