Mattel Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
228 Reviews

3.2
228 Reviews
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Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work life balance, good salaries, half day fridays, good health insurance plan (in 63 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights (in 13 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company - would work there again in a second!

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Mattel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Creative, positive people - a love for the brand and what they do at American Girl.

    Cons

    Change - role clarification, new leadership not knowing the brand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most senior management is great; you need to listen to your people; they add more valuable information than you think.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be the perfect workplace, if only the management rewarded the work and not political maneuvering and glad-handing.

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    Former Employee - Project Designer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Project Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Highly creative environment. Great people. Competitive salary. Working on big entertainment properties. TOYS!

    Cons

    Middle management flooded with low-talent, politically-oriented yes-men who never hesitate to throw their highly-skilled, hard-working minions under the bus to keep them down and make themselves look good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your best creators and innovators and promote them. Middle management doesn't benefit from smiling politicians. It needs passionate, gritty ass-kickers.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    FANTASTIC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - generous pay & benefits
    - more vacation and holiday time off than any other company in the cpg realm
    - 5-10 minutes from the beach
    - half-day Fridays all year long
    - fun products and marketing campaigns
    - intelligent, inspiring co-workers

    Cons

    - there are no glaring cons; general office politics and red tape

    Recommends
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    Former Employee - Producer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and diverse. Many have worked there for many years. In order for Mattel to have such a large company in the area, LA made them work around the heavy LAX traffic - therefore half day Fridays. Mattel is generous to their employees in many ways.

    Cons

    Everything goes up the chain to one person, therefore there is a lot of paranoia and constant changing of plans. Sadly, Mattel gets in its own way a lot and can move very slowly. The smaller upstart toy companies often get the products on the shelf more quickly at a lower cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please trust the creative people you take so much care in recruiting and placing. It's soul crushing to have years of work killed in one hour because mothers in Long Beach "didn't get it." Take a good look at who your managers are and what they are capable of. There are a lot of people coasting and some great folks who are going unrecognized. The corporate structure needs a re-org.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I was an intern there for a few months in a small department. Could totally sense more drama going on in larger departments. I had lots of fun with a lot of toys in the office. People are generally nice and talented. Half-day Fridays are the best. I learned a lot from the internship and have met some great people. Would love to work there again if I have the chance to.

    Cons

    More drama in larger departments

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great if you have a family. Sucks if you're single.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company. Classic products. Great discount on toys. Half day Fridays! A lot of great people to work with. Onsite cafeteria/gym/dry cleaning are great.

    Cons

    There's a lot of office politics involved. Very dynamic environment. No standard procedure. Different "exceptions" for different accounts. Being single and working there, I feel that I have to cover for other people more often. Also feel that people w/o families get laid off first.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A very good company to work for if you have a family

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    very good benefits
    work life balance
    Half day fridays and holiday shutdown
    family oriented culture. people are genuinely nice. team work environment

    Cons

    It was political and hard to get promoted
    didn't have a lot of team building events everyone just went home after work because most of the people in our group have families
    Could have been more casual for finance organization

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's about the people!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people and smart executive management. Amazing work life balance.

    Cons

    Conservative culture outside of marketing and creative departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the creative culture throughout the whole company. Be the fun company that you can be!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Mattel is a great place to work, filled with creative people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  East Aurora, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Aurora, NY

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays, good benefits, global company, competitive industry keeps the politics down.

    Cons

    There is not a strong push for innovation in products, there seems to be a strong block to transferring to different deparmrnts and divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the innovative ideas of all employees, try to capture them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Manager of Business Analysis  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Manager of Business Analysis in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, socially aware company

    Cons

    Some middle and upper management firestorms, but much better than most companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to revive the Intellivision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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