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Mattel Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
263 Reviews
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Mattel CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hit and Miss

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    • 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
  2.  

    Great Employees, fun atmosphere!

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    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 a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent large company with good benefits and much opportunity

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Although, this is a large Fortune 500 company, the feel is very caring and family like. Pay and benefits are good and the company matched 401k is generous. Much opportunity and growth exist in and environment that encourages creativity.

    Cons

    Job security is often in question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to retain the best and the brightest by supporting a work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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 a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be really good...

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    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Does not care about its people.

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

    I worked at Mattel full-time (less than a 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
  8.  

    Fast-paced, creative, intense place to work

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    • 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pockets of Humanity Within a Multinational Corporate Beast

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Coordinator in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Coordinator in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits (e.g. picking my own boys up from school on half-day Fridays) and amazing colleagues (creativity, integrity, appreciation). Supportive of work life balance - in my early years w/Mattel, as a single mom w/2 very young children, this was CRITICAL.

    Cons

    1) Top down decision making with little or no input sought from task level employees whose effectiveness will be affected (recent example: IT outsourcing initiative), resulting in "cost saving" measures that wind up increasing costs on the back end (dramatic increase in lost labor costs due to unresolved IT issues, inability to effectively enforce Service Level Agreements).

    2) Despite avowed commitment to "developing people", I was completely pigeonholed. Over time, I came to see this as a problem endemic to the company, experienced by management as much as by as support staff like myself. People at every level struggled to earn recognition and rewards commensurate with their efforts, contributions, ability and talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Eliminate the most egregious wastes of time (=money) by engaging task level employees to identify and solve challenges they face in their day to day jobs (e.g. multiple $50,000/year employees standing in line for one broken down $5,000 printer, or spending hours managing a new hire setup that could be streamlined to a 20 minute task).

    2) Rethink strategies for "developing people", because current system DOES NOT WORK. Default use of temporary employees to meet increasing production needs without increasing permanent headcount prevents promotion of existing employees, demotivating them as there is nothing to strive for; long term temporary employees also feel disenfranchised, with no sense of security or a future with the company. Constantly relying on temps to meet growth needs is like keeping on a tourniquet on a wound that requires major reconstructive surgery.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits and great co-workers if you can handle a tough work environment

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart talented people, Friday half days, career development training, campus has lots of services like gym, dry cleaning and credit union.

    Cons

    Very political work environment, HR lacks discretion, top heavy organization, multiple groups have limited growth opportunities, culture can be very cutthroat and clique-y

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on identifying larger talent pools and work harder on retention. Hire more visionaries and leaders vs management candidates

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to gain experience

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

    I have been working at Mattel

    Pros

    Amazing portfolio of brands, lots of nice people, lots of opportunities to grow and gain lots of experience doing lots of different things.

    Cons

    Heavy politics, no work life balance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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