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Mattel Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
254 Reviews
3.1
254 Reviews
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Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton
Bryan G. Stockton
99 Ratings

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Pros
  • Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice (in 75 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights (in 15 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Old boys club, highly politically charged, lacks leadership, and innovation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, half day Fridays, and shuts down during holiday season; Exposure to a variety of brands to work on.

    Cons

    It's an old boys club that rates your political savvyness above talent. It's who you know, not what you know. If you're in the clique, you'll get promoted. They are more concerned about posturing than leading their teams and coming up with great ideas.

    New people with new ideas will get frustrated and leave because Mattel doesn't know what to do with you. "This is how it's always been done at Mattel" is a common mantra. Upper mgmt have been there far too long. More people from the outside with fresh ideas need to replace the current regime.

    Micro-management at the leadership level is prevalent. Leadership can override all other decisions made below them. The "worker bees" voices are never heard. At any given point, 5 layers above can override any decisions made at the team level. It sends the wrong message and you're never truly empowered working there.

    Leadership all know each other from the past - it's an incestuous environment and you always feel paranoid that you'll get laid off. Those at the top and the clique, will never get laid off yet, they're the ones making the bad decisions that's driving Mattel in the wrong direction. Antiquated processes, old ways of thinking, bad leadership, & a highly political environment is what Mattel stands for today. Sadly, they've been unable to leverage the strength of their brands beyond the physical. Hasbro is 3 years ahead of the curb.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage the strength of your brands beyond toys. This should have been done years ago! Take more risks like your competition is doing. Change the regime at the top and stop incentivising them - that's the biggest issue! Put an end to micro-managing and empower your teams. Hire new leaders from the outside but leverage their knowledge and new processes so they don't get frustrated and leave. The current leadership is creating the wrong culture and producing ideas that no one wants anymore. Mattel needs a reboot!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run don't walk

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

    Pros

    Recognizable brand that is looking it's once reputable name.

    Cons

    Overrated. People act like working at Mattel brings prestige...but the word is getting out. If you can check your good morals at the door then you'll do well In an atmosphere with extreme politicking. It's not about the job it's about political gain. People who are there now are only doing what they can to hold on to their jobs because of looming layoffs. No leadership in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage instead of fostering a highly political, toxic, and ruthless culture

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hoping for a better experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays were amazing. Really the best.
    Worked with some really wonderful people.

    Cons

    Support systems and job tools caused more issues than instilling efficiency. You spent more time trying to figure out the problem.
    Lack of understanding of technology.
    Lack of communication between groups.
    Politics and throwing people under the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotation of people is great, but I feel like you lose institutional knowledge. I felt really marginalized working there. No one was listening to our suggestions and advice. I also felt lied to about several aspects of my position. Also, when you send an email saying that no one is getting raises so that no one will be laid off and then start laying people off, that's totally not "playing fair" with your employee's lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hit and Miss

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

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

    Pros

    I liked and respected the vast majority of the people that I worked with - it is a great group as individuals. Also, the half day Fridays are hard to beat.

    Cons

    Senior management is living in the last century - locked in their silo view of the enterprise. Although it is said time and again that Mattel's talent is highly valued by the company, it doesn't take long working there to realize that everyone, absolutely everyone, is a bad quarter away from being cut so that senior execs can make their bonuses. The amount of talent and technical memory that is ushered out the door is staggering!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that senior management embodies the Peter Principle in action - they have all risen to their various levels of incompetence. This in and of itself is not a bad thing if it is recognized and used to continue questioning and growing. What makes it a big deal at Mattel is that it is so political that growth and progress don't seem to occur. On top of that, no one seems to be accountable. Senior management doesn't seem to trust that the majority of employees are trying to do the right thing. Instead they compete to advance their individual agendas for more control. The result is an organization with different groups pulling different directions - yes in many cases against itself!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No Work Life Balance

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    half day Fridays (in theory), great coworkers, solid cafeteria and gym, relevant products, easy to rotate to other departments

    Cons

    feel like a cog, very bureaucratic, no avenue to give safe feedback to management, bad IT. They romance you with a great corporate culture, but I found that there was no work life balance and a lot of office politics. Hours were long and "peak time" was practically all the time. It was impossible to make plans during the week. They made us work MLK weekend and 4th of July. I think other departments had it easier, but it's pretty difficult being in Finance. Morale was low in our department due to being overworked and with layoffs pending.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be really good...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Overall, Mattel is a good company. Great benefits and amenities. Half day Fridays are hard to beat.

    Cons

    Too many politics, depends on which group you were working in, glass ceiling definitely exists. Don't have clear guide on what needs to be done to get promoted, investing too much on directors and VPs and not too much care for the "worker bees".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more on the people who actually do the work. Invest in better leadership.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Does not care about its people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Half day Fridays. Decent cafeteria food. Discount on toys. Recognizable brand.

    Cons

    The company does not care about its people. They will lay you off despite how long you have worked there. There have been people that were laid off after only being there for 2 to 6 months. That is definitely not enough time to have contributed to the company's poor performance. Think twice before thinking about quitting your job to come here.

    The systems are also extremely outdated. Depending on how and when you pull data, it will be different from the next person who pulled it. This makes work 10x more difficult because you will not know who has the correct data. You will spend more time QAing the data than analyzing it.

    Management is also afraid to take risks and think outside of the box. They would rather set goals low so that they can come out looking like heroes if they exceed them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people. They are doing the ones doing the most work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fast-paced, creative, intense place to work

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

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

    Pros

    They are truly leaders in the toy industry. You get to work with the brightest and the best. There's a variety of brands to work on, and there's great opportunities to make a positive impact on the business at all levels.

    Cons

    It can be extremely political. You really have to campaign for promotions/rotations, as management is not focused on developing their team if it doesn't benefit them personally. People are rewarded even when they don't live by the values of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance what's best for shareholders in the short-term with what's best for employees, the company, and shareholders in the long-term.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Employees, fun atmosphere!

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

    I worked at Mattel as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked in the Hot Wheels division, so can't go wrong there.

    Cons

    Cubicles can be a bit isolating, wish they would adopt newer workspace innovations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mattel offers their employees a good company culture with many benefits.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    The company offers a lot of extra perks for their employees. There is a lot of work you have to do but there is always something positive going on. Company values, benefits, basketball leagues, dry cleaners, day-care, company parties and gatherings, opportunity.

    Cons

    Like any company there are times when you have tons of work and protocol, and sometimes you don't. The security is intense and you aren't allowed to bring in personal computers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to take on activities outside of your direct work. There is a lot of opportunity to grow as an employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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