Mattel Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
316 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset

316 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (2)

    Watching a great American company on a Death Spiral

    • 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

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

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

    Pros

    They have very talented employees with long tenures who have the tribal knowledge of what good products are made of. Too bad that they keep laying off good employees that might not necessarily go with the "corporate mantra of focusing to the bottom line". Creative and innovation takes risks and cost up-front. But, over time it pays off. Benefits are comparable to other large enterprise companies.

    Cons

    Management are in disarray. Employee support is nil. Not a very healthy environment at the moment - they keep laying off people and keep piling the work to the ones that are left who may not necessarily have the skills set. If you are up for a toxic place to work, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what the consumers really want and innovate current products to meet the new type of play. Re-vamp key performance metrics for management and get rid of the layers of management that do not perform to the KPM. Encourage risk and innovation. For Pete sake, get off the 50's mentality and get with the times!


  2. Great Benefits, Fun Company, Bad Morale

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

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Half-Day Fridays every Friday ALL year long - Gym and Large Cafeteria - Large amount of days off - Great salaries - Working with all sorts of toys

    Cons

    - Mattel not doing so well anymore - Morale among employees is way down - Annual lay-offs have been hitting hard - lots of turnover - Not keeping up with Hasbro or Lego


  3. Retail Service Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Service in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Retail Service in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility. If you're lucky enough to be at FT you get health benefits.

    Cons

    Management has no idea the work load piled on with absolutely no rewards for good work. Pay is awful in major markets. Poor if any training, then you are rated poorly for not producing they're unrealistic expectations. They expect perfection from the field but can't manage to get clear accurate info to the team. Reactionary to everything. No longer proactive. They Have no concern about your concerns. I lost money every year in salary for past 6 years due to company cutbacks of people and benefits. Used to be encouraging environment. Now all demoralizing. One of many reasons they are failing.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your house. Start at the top. Corporate culture is cut throat and negative. Your management team at top of retail division is totally out of touch with employees, consumers and reality of store conditions.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Family friendly

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

    I have been working at Mattel

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

    Pros

    The best job for a full-time parent

    Cons

    None. Happy with position.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They work with your schedule, very team oriented

    Cons

    When they start hiring for seasonal, you hours get cut a bit


  7. Helpful (3)

    Marketing Director

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

    I have been working at Mattel

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays, which are, most of the time, a joke - I have had to stay until 10:30 pm on some Friday's per my superior's request. Pet insurance.

    Cons

    Mattel is the Death Star. It is consuming the creative employees' souls with it's rampant nepotism and high school clique mentally. If you get a job offer and a bunch of fake smiley people say "Welcome to Mattel!" Don't walk, RUN the other way. Mattel is secretly known among us disgruntled higher level employees as MattHELL! STAY AWAY!

    Advice to Management

    Quit focusing on your own promotions and trying ton make yourself look good with your "eloquent" speeches and high-brow metaphors. Guess what? Nobody cares. Directors and VP's need to watch their narcissistic greed and focus on training their underlings and building an actual TEAM. Gee - what a concept.


  8. Mattel

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

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Professional environment to work in

    Cons

    Need more innovation in product categories.

    Advice to Management

    Allow creative teams to drive product


  9. Helpful (1)

    Working at Mattel

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Great people. Half-day Fridays are awesome.

    Cons

    Lacking Vision. Leadership at the VP level and above does not seem to understand or maybe even care about the loyalty and hard work that the ground troops do everyday. Traditional thinking needs to change while embracing technology and trusting the people that work in it everyday. Creative department was great, but way under utilized and supported. Too many meetings.


  10. STAY VERY FAR AWAY FROM THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    * Half day Fridays * Numerous floating holidays

    Cons

    *Just ask legal recruiters in LA about the toxic environment in Mattel's legal department, including the constant churn of people in and out of it for years via firing or quitting * Legal department's rock bottom reputation speaks for itself - ignore at your own peril

    Advice to Management

    Bringing on a new CEO to help the struggling company, but he has been on the board of directors for 19 years?!? So glad I left.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Associate Marketing Manager

    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great coworkers, amazing brands, longstanding company. When I was there, the company had been doing well - even though they are not doing well, they are still a solid company. They encourage philanthropic activity and overall I spend a wonderful 4 years there.

    Cons

    Once you hit a certain level, it can get really hard to move up or get promoted.



Showing 316 of 332 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.