Mattel Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
238 Reviews
3.2
238 Reviews
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Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton
Bryan G. Stockton
90 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice (in 71 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 25 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 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great MBA minds and focus on toys.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel

    Pros

    Great benefits, salaries, can move around to many different positions.

    Cons

    Business causal and long hours.

  2.  

    Great Company Great Working Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel part-time

    Pros

    -Great work environment
    -Comfortable and Modern work facilities
    -Good Pay
    -Room for career advancement

    Cons

    Nothing to report on cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leadership void, no clear direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Half-day Friday (while that benefit lasts), pockets of decent people, good -- but waning -- brands.

    Cons

    Extreme cut-throat politics, beyond the norm of large corporate environments. Ethical mindset of past management draining away as panic sets in around declining business. Sustainability and social responsibility are PR fluff with no actual substance -- he only thing that matters is cost savings and cheap labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect, not as cheap disposable toys. With no solid prospects for the next few years and a bleak outlook in a stagnant industry, know that being good to your people is key to fueling a creative culture to perform well and innovate. Stop the in-fighting and focus on the business.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Declining business with no innovation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    The company offers good salaries and benefits. They own some of the world's best premier brands.

    Cons

    The company currently has no direction and extremely bad morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people as if they were your most valuable asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Part time seasonal retail associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    Liked the seasonal schedule just for the holidays.

    Cons

    Would enjoy some additional hours during the rest of the year.

  7.  

    Inspiration and challenges that fuel creativity are the bread and butter of this place!

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer
    Current Employee - Senior Designer

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

    Pros

    The people , the opportunities to learn and to contribute your vision.

    Cons

    wish there was chance to travel to more industry fairs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay open in communications to all levels of the work force.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were better a while ago

    Cons

    Nepotism is huge and halts mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    not quite as playful as you may think...

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    -half day fridays
    -tasty cafeteria food
    -exciting brands
    -incredibly fast-paced
    -good name on the resume

    Cons

    -enormous respect gap between the upper management and employees- princes v. paupers

    -constantly living in fear of layoffs as Mattel & Big Box retailer profits crumble to the digital world & toy industry competitors

    -old boy's club- mattel is mainly run by conservative, wealthy, rich white men... when is the last time you have seen an African American or Hispanic doll promoted in a Mattel ad?

    -diversity isn't truly celebrated: despite having dedicated clubs, I sat in a meeting and listened as a VP made a racist comment followed by laughter. people were too afraid not to laugh. incredibly discouraging

    -lack of innovation- the company dreams to be as appealing and forward-thinking as Google or Facebook but it's 99% talk

    -it's depressing to see your co-workers constantly stressed, defeated & breaking down

    -work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will never be Google until you start to accept diversity and encourage creativity.

    "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dinosaur of a business trying to survive in a dynamic world.

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Half Day Fridays
    Lots of Holidays/Time Off
    Onsite Facilities - Gym, Dry Cleaning, Cafeteria, Toy Store, Credit Union
    Great Brands
    Great on Resume

    Cons

    Old School Management Mentality - Old Boy Network
    CYA environment. Being cc'd on too many emails
    Some long hours and weekend emails
    Too many direction changes
    Too many exceptions to the rule. Too many accounts do it "their" way
    No accountability
    Too much movement of people. No consistency of procedures
    Continuous threats of lay off
    Being Laid off to see your position posted externally immediately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some old management. Too many kiss asses. Old Management afraid to speak up/stand up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    They say it's a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Time off and 1/2 day Fridays. Love the deep discounts too.

    Cons

    "Sky is falling" type of work environment. Work load in Marketing. Some upper management have a "80's big business entitlement" which is overwhming in today's work place. H.R. Truly needs an overhaul...I feel they a lot of times just have to play politics, and not truly there for the employee. That being said, call backs or email responses from HR are most of the time hard to get :/

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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