Mattel Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. No comment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    Half day Fridays are good.

    Cons

    I have no comment for cons.

  2. Helpful (10)

    Used to be a good company to work for. Recent decline in sales has left everyone paranoid and depressed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in El Segundo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Half day fridays. Smart colleagues. Great salary and bonus.

    Cons

    Very competitive. A lot like Survivor. Hard to know who to trust. You can easily languish for years without a promotion and just as easily be cut at the first downturn in sales. Not a very loyal company. I've seen really good people let go for no reason and a lot of bad people stay because of their alliances.

    Advice to Management

    Try to care about your employees as much as you care about yourself. Self-preservation should not be your number 1 goal.

  3. Helpful (1)

    This is not a production company

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    Former Contractor - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA
    Former Contractor - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel as a contractor (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -Time off policies are flexible
    -Family Friendly

    Cons

    -Treat their freelancers like second class citizens
    -Tons of corporate politics
    -No room for upward mobility in production

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to get reviewed on how the team is growing and how we can improve. In my time at Mattel, I only ever received negative feedback in the case of a misstep and rarely in a positive light. It would also be great if Mattel could give a clearer path of career growth as well as assigned responsibilities.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great People, Terrible/ Out-dated System

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Upper managements are all very friendly and supportive.
    Great benefits
    Cafeteria food is amazing (always a bonus!)

    Cons

    Top Heavy
    A lot of Re-orgs
    Terrible systems

  6. Great Place for those who are up for it

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    Current Employee - Design
    Current Employee - Design

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and resources

    Cons

    They will let you sit if you allow them too.

    Advice to Management

    Give people opportunities to move within the company if they so choose. Those who do not wish to but are seeking advancement you should encourage the same.

  7. Helpful (1)

    SFA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay and half day Fridays. Reasonable work life balance

    Cons

    Poor career planning, short sight focus, lot of layers need to approve plans

    Advice to Management

    Simplify processes, take care of your people

  8. Helpful (3)

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Run the other way!

    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, Friday half-days, decent food in the commissary.

    Cons

    No training, poor management, long hours, idiotic way of recruiting new employees - it's all who you know, not what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training your staff and building a good team; spend less time trying to make yourself look good.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Excellent benefits and co-workers

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Great Intentions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Make and Sell Toys! Smiling Children!

    Cons

    Big Business environment - too focused on Big Ideas to make up for spend - ignoring real operation efficiency

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