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Updated April 24, 2017
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Hasbro Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Goldner
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  • 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)

  • Some departments are understaffed, so work/life balance is different depending on the department you work in (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Management feels threatened when you try to suggest process improvements. Financial team needs a managerial overhaul."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order and Policy Financial Analyst in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Order and Policy Financial Analyst in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hasbro full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Half day Friday's year round. Good benefits. Amazing offices in Providence. They do a lot for the community.

    Cons

    Senior management with no formal education. Spending happy sales teams. High cube walls no team feel.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Copy Editor/Proofreader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hasbro full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hasbro gives back to the community and encourages volunteering in work hours. Respected Fortune 500 company is good for resume building. "Cool" factor of working on prestige brands.

    Cons

    Moving positions out of the country creates continual pressure to perform and justify position, so always trying to do more with less. Middle and lower management not well trained and upper management unaware of issues.

    Advice to Management

    Set up management training schemes and require participation of all managers, including newly hired and newly promoted managers and their immediate supervisors.
    Increase career opportunities for existing employees.
    Facilitate ease of cross-functional and lateral moves within company.


  3. "Full Time contract - marketing"

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    Former Contractor - Marketing Contractor in Providence, RI
    Former Contractor - Marketing Contractor in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hasbro as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love working with the different toy brands both global and US based. Half days on Fridays. Providence office is modern, clean, open. Pawtucket office has that genuine feel to it with Main Street. Casual dress attire. Work/life balance is important as they give their employees the entire week of Christmas off.

    Cons

    Majority of the company is contractors which makes it hard to know who to talk to within the departments. Contractors are not given any training and are thrown into the fire. Like high school with the gossip and cliques. Definitely can tell the favorites among the departments, they don't try to hide it. It's awful how you can get hired as a contractor but they will not even look at your resume if you try for the same position level as a full-time perm employee.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to continue to hire contractors, you might want to give them more formal training to ensure they actually make an impact throughout their tenor. It's very hard to keep track of contacts within the departments since contracts are always expiring and new contractors are coming in. Stop acting like gossiping children and focus on why you are there - you'd be surprised how much more this company would accomplish.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Resting on legacy products, not much innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hasbro (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Half day Fridays, nice facilities and amendities including a small gym.
    Job stability. Bonuses are good.

    Cons

    Let me be very clear that I was a high performer and well respected so my feedback is not jaded.
    Most of the staff has been there for a long time (20 yrs+) and it is not great for new people (young or old) as there are groups already formed. People are very reluctant to change. This will be the demise of Hasbro as they are not moving forward with innovation. They are focused on re-branding legacy products and not new technology.
    The people that are high performers end up working more hours to make up for the dead weight.
    The pay is not comparable to the Boston market.
    The benefits used to be good but took a significant nose dive in 2015 as they changed health insurance companies. More out of pocket cost for medical care without a match in salary left many with subsquently a pay cut.
    If you want to go and sit in a cube for 10 yrs and not move forward in your career then this is the place for you. If you are a fire starter and innovator don't bother as you will become frustrated and leave.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of promoting employees with only longevity with the job you should focus on people have new fresh ideas that will help move the business forward.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Internship position - not offered a real working experience"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Pawtucket, RI
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Hasbro (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working hours, friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Very little responsibility or challenge offered to interns. Was not invited to team meetings, worked alone most of the time and was sat away from team. Didn't learn a lot about the business as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your interns with a real project and integrate them onto the team.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Production Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hasbro full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment, some nice people, learned a moderate amount

    Cons

    Shaky management, noticed. some backstabbing behavior all around, not a lot of room for growth


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Depends how you look at it"

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    Former Employee - Design in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Design in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office is flexible with come and go time

    Cons

    Start-up vibe.. long hours and disorganized,
    yet VERY corporate and political


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great brands, great stress..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hasbro full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing franchise brands that incorporate great storytelling and design. You are able to collaborate with other really talented individuals and your work is seen worldwide.

    Cons

    Amazing brands, BUT they use that to their advantage. They overload full time employees with too much work and surround them by temps on an "as-needed" basis. Incompetent people have been hired and when people have voiced concerns, management is quick to ignore complaints and ignore the problems.

    Advice to Management

    Stop overloading employees with too much work and actually listen when they give constructive feedback. Also, the temp model does not work if you have the same "temp" job filled for 2+ years. That obviously proves a need for a full time position and by not filling it, you are causing stress on all other employees in terms of building relationships and training.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A Company Driven More on Politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Some really nice supportive coworkers
    - Half Day Fridays (except for when you have to work weekends)
    - Nice large spacious work environment.
    - Good Benefits and Decent Pay
    - HR was great to work with

    Cons

    - Too Political
    - Too much Micro-Managing.
    - A lot of Late nights and weekends (which cancels out Half-Day Fridays)
    - Too many personal philosophies and agendas
    - Being able to speak and understand "Half-Truths" is an Essential Skill.
    - A lot of bias (ideas are gauged by who says it and how, rather than by its value)
    - Lots of redundant circular conversations/meetings that:
         a.) leave you more confused each time
         b.) takes up your time which means having to stay late to make up for time lost.
    - Working weekends and late nights is expected.
    - No such thing as vacation - only working away from your office "
    - Lots of last minute changes.
    - Lots of redundant work without any sense of progress.
    - A corporate culture deeply entrenched in its ways by people who've been there a long time.

    Advice to Management

    - Need to somehow dilute the Politics so that it doesn't so directly impact employees in the "trenches".
    - Need to stop forcing those required workshops/courses that don't really help - they just take up time.
    - Need to promote individual autonomous roles with clearly defined deliverables - too often roles overlap and people no longer know where one's job begins and ends and consequently they're expected to take on multiple roles and become overloaded.
    - Need to somehow earn trust of employees. politics makes little room for candor.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "A joyless, high stress experience. Creativity was not rewarded and our team leader was poorly suited for his role."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Pawtucket, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hasbro full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Decent benefits
    High visibilitiy corporate responsiblity

    Cons

    Mediocre salaries
    No incentives for younger employees looking to move up
    Lack of diversity (culturally and stylistically)

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the needs of your work force, and not just the board and Senior Management. Cultivate an informed and knowledgeable work force, and don't reward loyalty with title and positions that people are not qualified to hold. Nothing worse than reporting to a manager or division head who doesn't have a clue about the area of expertise he or she is in charge of. And most importantly, try creating a more diverse work force. It's shameful that there is only one woman in Senior Management, and that you can count on one hand the number of people of color on that same board. As a place the wants to call itself innovative and cutting edge, Hasbro has probably one of the most vanilla workforces going. It's not an issue of location in Providence, as much as it is a symptom of people at the top only wanting to look down and see folks who look and think like them.


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