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Pros
  • Half day Fridays are great in the summer (in 53 reviews)

  • Great work/life balance for the majority of the time (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Some departments are understaffed, so work/life balance is different depending on the department you work in (in 8 reviews)

  • Hasbro loves to hire temporary staff so they don't pay out stocks or benefits, so it is really rare to get hired full-time (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Work"

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    Former Intern - Intern in East Longmeadow, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in East Longmeadow, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hasbro as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Playful employees (play games during lunch), time for personal projects, free pizza Fridays, relaxed corporate culture

    Cons

    Disorganized, constantly felt I was asking for work when there was none, inefficient

    Advice to Management

    Better planning and organization, more innovation


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Hasbro was once a great company, but they lost their way."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Longmeadow, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Longmeadow, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hasbro full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It used to be a family of people working together to make great, safe products, at a profit. Like any other business it had its deadlines and stresses, but it was all for a good reason.

    Cons

    People who thought they knew the business better than those who had succeeded for years tried to make it fit a different model. Once the new experts tried one reorganization after another, all the money for proper development was depleted.

    Advice to Management

    Stop moving things around and let the experts do what they do best.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "It was a fun place to work before senior management got in the way"

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    Former Employee - Design in East Longmeadow, MA
    Former Employee - Design in East Longmeadow, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hasbro full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    East Longmeadow site had a great group of coworkers - like a family
    Benefits and pay were OK to good depending on the job/department
    Creative professionals are very talented
    Half day Friays (at the expense of long days Mon-Thurs)
    Made great product

    Cons

    Diminishing respect for your job or location from the corporate headquarters
    Profits from your site seemed to be spent on art and improvements for the headquarters while your site fell apart
    Massive layoffs loomed over everyone several times a year despite a profitable year for your business group
    Upper management does not care if you are an exceptional employee with the highest reviews and raises: you are cut loose when you are over age 40 and deemed redundant or plateau-ing in your job
    Great opportunities and obvious next great product ideas are ignored because middle aged men in decision making positions cannot imagine what a little girl would like to play with and ignore the women experts that were hired to develop this area

    Advice to Management

    There are many good managers. But the senior managers get in their own way with micro- managing away on shelf schedules. Projects get delayed anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks waiting for manangement to approve something or provide feedback.
     The games industry was profitable despite a cutback of product by over 50 percent of previous years offerings. But the plans to move the Games division were already in place. People who know nothing about games are now managing the business of games. These men were probably told to fire half the work force and save money to finance the move of the games division to Rhode Island. But they should have actually listened to the advice the experts in the field and maybe they'd have made more money in the end.
     If something works well, find out why and keep the good parts of that business process intact. If a business unit has a good reputation for working well and having great scheduling, budgeting, quality and creative product record, why do you break it apart and follow a model that does not work well? Example: Why do games have to be all boy or girl like a toy? That segments the product and eliminates half the market.
     Killing off profitable products (millions of dollars per year) because you cannot understand why it is fun or because it competes with another toy you have personal ties to, maybe means you should not be in charge.
     And when the staff that is there to help support you during these tough changes even when they know their days are numbered says good morning or good night, show some decency and respond in kind.
    Respect and Trust your staff. Support each other. Your reports look to you to guide them, not intimidate and diminish.


  4. "Enthusiastic, energetic, passionate place to work!"

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    Former Intern - D&D Intern in East Longmeadow, MA
    Former Intern - D&D Intern in East Longmeadow, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hasbro as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at Hasbro is creative, smart, and friendly. It was such a great experience co-oping here. I did something different everyday and enjoyed doing it as well.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Many great brands, opportunity for focused business approach"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in East Longmeadow, MA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in East Longmeadow, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, good brands, exciting corporate strategic plans

    Cons

    Challenging management team except at highest levels.

    Advice to Management

    Get the best to lead


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