Mattel Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Typical corporate environment with poor management but good staffers

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, creative people making toys! Half day Fridays, good benefits, good salary. It's a large company so that means some growth potential if you want to learn about other aspects of the business.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs and confusion about direction. never enough transparency. Management is terrible. feels like it takes forever to get anything done. too many people need to approve every tiny decision. annual layoffs. many great employees are temps and they don't get benefits.

    Advice to Management

    stop allowing higher level management to travel so much, so expensively, when we are all being told to cut back on everything. let decisions be made without so much insane scrutiny. presentation decks should be banned. people spend 95% of their time creating decks that no one looks at. too many meetings and too much approval needed from every level of management. empower people to make local decisions and you'll see better results.

  2. Human Resources

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Mattel

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

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere for young professional.

    Cons

    Unlikely to get full time placement after internship

    Advice to Management

    More realistic expectations from position.

  3. Temp for 3 years!

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

    I have been working at Mattel as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people overall. Fun brands to work on. Fairly good work/life balance. Big company=big budgets on projects.

    Cons

    I was a temp here for 3 years and never given a staff job despite stellar reviews from internal clients and lots of success in my dept. I blame blatant self preservation tactics of management (eliminate threats) and general stinginess of company for benefits. LOTS of "perma temps" at Mattel that get NO paid time off.

    Advice to Management

    Review temps on a regular basis and if they are good, give them the staff position they deserve. Even if that means cutting dead weight from existing staff. Or at least give them some sick days for crying out loud!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good experience at a Fortune 500 Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to move laterally allows to learn first-hand about different functional areas of the organization, and allows to change direction of one's career without leaving the current employer. In addition, I was really fortunate to work with a great group of people. Great work-life balance schedule.

    Cons

    Below industry average base pay.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Unorganized, going downhill

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

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

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

    Pros

    Summer Fridays every week (ends at 1pm)
    50% discount on toys
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Very political and hierarchical
    Can't get anything done to really turn the company around
    Execs more concerned with their bonuses and manipulating stock price than the company
    Just a little cog in a huge decaying machine
    Promotions are slow and process is not transparent
    A lot of nepotism and favoritism
    Don't really care about their employees
    Promotion is about who you know and suck up to not about performance
    Long work hours

    Advice to Management

    Turn the company around
    Stop paying your most senior executives such huge salaries and bonuses
    Stop constantly reorganizing and restructuring - causes chaos

  7. Great benefits but no direction.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They have exceptional benefits . Overtime is pretty minimal. Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Management is pretty lost. There is lots of turnover at corporate office and the confusion trickles down.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize who is running the show.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Working at Mattel

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

    I have been working at Mattel

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

    Pros

    Half day fridays are the best

    Cons

    Upper management is rewarded for bad decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Leave.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Good company but has become overly structured and overly bureaucratic

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

    I have been working at Mattel

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, half day Fridays

    Cons

    Work-life balance becoming an issue. Too much focus on structure and systems is limiting innovation and efficiency. Salaries struggling to stay competitive with similar jobs in other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Apply greater focus on key brands other than Barbie - They are your future. Apply greater focus on innovation rather than rigidly sticking to price-points. Great products sell no matter what the retail.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Life at Mattel

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The fun, globally recognized brands and the half day Fridays

    Cons

    Incredibly political and disjointed. Too big so no one talks to each other and the internal fighting leads to duplicated efforts and wasted time talking to ourselves/ selling in ideas internally.

  11. Above average company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and lots of time off.

    Cons

    Typical big corporate setting.

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