Mattel Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. A good place to work for if you like corporate companies.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

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

    Pros

    Great people and abundant resources afforded to employees. Good work to life balance. Fast paced, so you are seldom bored.

    Cons

    A roller coaster. Layoffs have plagued the company for years but many ousted employees come back if they choose to.

    Advice to Management

    Have confidence to continue brands and products beyond the first year.


  2. Helpful (2)

    No work life balance. 3 major layoff rounds between Mar 2014-Mar 2015.

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

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

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

    Pros

    You work for Barbie and Hot Wheels. Nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Barbie is a slave driver. No formal safe way to give feedback to supervisor. No work life balance. I'm in finance and ate dinner at Mattel 2-4x a week consistently. Laid off after less than a year from downsizing. Everyone else I know has also either been laid off or left on their own since working conditions are so bad.

    Advice to Management

    Please establish a way for employees to safely and formally give feedback to supervisors.


  3. Pros and Cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not flexible, behind in technology and innovation.


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  5. Very good learning ground but challenging

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

    I worked at Mattel

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent brands and competitive salaries

    Cons

    Company personnel and leadership egocentrism


  6. Helpful (1)

    Too bureaucratic, Deteriorating culture, collapsing quickly

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

    Large company
    Toy industry, fun products
    Half day Fridays (most of the time)

    Cons

    Bureaucratic culture, too many layers
    Old school management
    Poor work like balance
    Uncertain future

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible, modernize culture


  7. Lots of layoffs

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

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work with toys. Very creative workplace.

    Cons

    Lots of layers of management, lots of back and forth changes.

    Advice to Management

    The straightest course to a creative product is NOT second guessing every move.


  8. This company is very cliquey and there are far too many unneccesary "processes" and layers of approval.

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays which is good

    Cons

    The company does not value personal growth, does not appreciate employee resource group initiatives and is not keeping up with digital.

    Advice to Management

    leave or listen to millennials!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Toy Brands. Systems and people not so great

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

    I worked at Mattel

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

    Pros

    Brand Leaders. Exciting Marketing ideas

    Cons

    everything run on a spreadsheet. Systems surprisingly antiquated. Sales force made up of old school sales guys/gals. Same worklife balance/flexibility not found in the field.


  10. Career growth

    • 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 full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    promotes from within including cross-functional changes

    Cons

    Ever-changing industry with emerging/limited structure for international business

    Advice to Management

    encourage global business leaders to experience market conditions outside of the U.S.


  11. Marketing Manager

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

    I have been working at Mattel

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Interesting work
    Not too much travel
    Good resources
    Half day Friday's
    Bonus
    Two weeks of between christmas and New Years.

    Cons

    Lots on meetings
    PowerPoint Crazy
    tons of emails
    Not a great iT organiAtion. The systems are ok but it often takes a really long time to resolve



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