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"Frustrating"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great pay & benefits. Problem is, they suck you in and you find it hard to leave.
For career growth, best to stay a couple years, get a promotion, then move on.
If you're a director or above, it's a pretty good gig, and you're well protected.

Cons

A highly politically charged environment. If you aren't part of the in crowd, or don't play the politics just right, don't expect to get anywhere.
It's a very dysfunctional company, where rules continually change. HR isn't really there to help you in your career growth, they're just on the sidelines to protect management when needed. And many times they aren't involved in the decision making.
Layoffs for managers & below are frequent (once a year or so) and stressful.

Advice to Management

Stop micromanaging your people. Hire more workers (managers and below), and get rid of some of your dead weight (directors and above). I've never seen a company more top-heavy on directors, VPs and above. Listen to your workers more to weed out bad upper management.

Other Employee Reviews for Mattel

  1. "Mattel is a great place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mattel has good benefits, amenities and is in a great location. There is a lot of energy, and an atmosphere of dedication among the intelligent and vibrant employees.

    Cons

    Mattel asks a lot of its employees. There is a lot of work which needs to be done, often on tight schedules, with minimal staffing. Layoffs are not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    Mattel needs to spend a lot more time and effort on training its supervisors how to be supervisors, and how to be motivators. There needs to be emphasis put on being good managers, not just getting the work done.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Human capital is the greatest asset... not convinced Sr. Mgmt understands this currently"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the most creative people I've come across--I'm inspired on a daily basis by many members of my team.
    Great vacation time---week off between Christmas--New Years and mini "Spring Break"
    Mattel walks the walk for product safety
    Fun-loving environment
    People take pride in the work they do
    Diverse resources to get projects done--from in-house media, production, research

    Cons

    Work-life balance depends on department and mgr. style
    Debilitating politics--very demoralizing
    Top heavy with not enough worker bees and lower levels getting burnt out--many different job functions are over workload capacity.
    Although it's a fun loving environment, after the last round of layoffs the moral is down from being overworked.
    Lots of reorgs that are disruptive to teams--most of these reorgs seem more reactionary than strategic

    Advice to Management

    Our business depends on happy creative teams and our human capital is our greatest asset. Don't focus on saving a few marginal dollars if it means overloading people and not leaving time to sit back and think of the next great idea.

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