Mattel Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Relationships are crucial here

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    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Solid gym on site. Benefits for soon-to-be moms are also great. Great place to build your career or to come to retire. Great place to learn and then move on.

    Cons

    Lack of innovative/entrepreneurial spirit (kind of necessary for a kids toy company...). Lack of direction. Desperately slow upward mobility. Everything is run on relationships which means unqualified people find themselves in management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter how many people you lay off, you have to let the great innovative ideas rise to the surface or it will be much of the same until that won't cut it anymore. Should not take 3 years for people to be promoted.


  2. Brand Marketing Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing & Sales Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing & Sales Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Mattel (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    great benefits, dynamic corporate environment

    Cons

    overly top heavy in terms of management. To many layers of approval. Divisions P/L compete with Mattel bottom line and usually are affected negatively,

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees more/let divisions be more autonomous from Mattel/to much Barbie/more foucus on boy market


  3. Worked with smart, creative people, but if you're over the age of 50, they want you to leave

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting work with great people and good benefits. This is a company that truly believes in providing ultra-safe, fun, and engaging toys for children all over the world, and employees can be proud to contribute to this mission.

    Cons

    -This company does not value extended experience and expertise. They believe fresh, just-out-of -college 20 somethings will take the company where it needs to go: more and more profit every year no matter what. Funny thing is, it doesn't seem to be working for them.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to keep your best employees rather than drive them out. Partner with employees, and clearly share strategy development.


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  5. Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Retail Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Retail Customer Service Representative

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

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

    Pros

    You get to have a Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    No comment at this time


  6. Helpful (3)

    Take the advice from other reviewers and STAY AWAY!

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

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

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

    Pros

    The only pro is the discount at the company store.

    Cons

    Old, set in their ways, management. HR is horrific. Mega revolving door at this place. I'm not a disgruntled past employee...I've already moved into a much better position for some time now. People just want to work for a toy company, but this place will suck you dry. BEWARE.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Stay away

    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Half-day fridays are probabaly the only good thing I can think of.

    Cons

    Old-school management with very poor communication Rigid and unflexible culture Unhappy co-workers


  8. Helpful (1)

    So much brilliant creative talent that is consistently squashed by overly cautious management.

    • 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

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

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

    Pros

    Great employees and fun benefits, including half-day Fridays, in a creative environment. Middle management is typically supportive and sympathetic, trying to make a difference.

    Cons

    Creative environment is overshadowed by stodgy, overpaid, big brother corporate leadership. They give good lip service to cutting through the corporate red tape, promoting new ideas, pushing creative boundaries, and protecting employees, but in practice the opposite happens. Brands that were once interesting are now squashed into the same boring (and failing) molds which cater to the lowest common denominator, meetings and approval processes continually increase, and layoffs which primarily target the average employee happen yearly, at least. Upper management is rewarded while the work piles onto those at the bottom of the totem pole. All the while, they tell us we're making progress.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on upper management and upper management's perks, get Marketing out of the creative building, and let us be creative again. No one wants boring toys.


  9. Helpful (1)

    high turnover poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    half day Fridays, relaxed environment, 10 days off in December

    Cons

    poor management, layoffs, and lack of clear communication from management

    Advice to Management

    Create a space where employees are appreciated and clearly communicate your plan


  10. Helpful (3)

    2-3 years in digital

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays, good work/life balance, friendly (yet jaded) people

    Cons

    Upper management tends to hire their under qualified friends for leadership positions, then wonder why there is no strategy. Management takes credit for work managed and completed by lower level employees, so employees aren't recognized for achievements (no promotions, small bonuses, if any). No formal way to give constructive feedback on management. Constant re-orgs and lay offs cause extremely low morale.


  11. Customer Marketing Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, half day Fridays. break between Christmas and New Years.

    Cons

    layoffs annually, product development lead time is slow and cannot meet market needs



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