MGA Entertainment Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2020

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3.6
74%
Recommend to a Friend
78%
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MGA Entertainment CEO Isaac Larian
Isaac Larian
113 Ratings
Pros
  • "Always growing, Great People, Great Inovations(in 8 reviews)

  • "Selling toys means every month is different - no such thing as boredom(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management seem to be good people but they are henchmen to a paranoid and disrespectful CEO(in 12 reviews)

  • "Owner and head of HR does not care at all about employees as evidenced by the extremely high turnover(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great company that values it's employees!!!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Isaac loves product and highly values his designers. MGA has a strong "work hard / play hard" environment. In my 20 years of experience, MGA is the fastest product focused company I've worked for. Concept to retail can happen in literally a few months.

    Cons

    If you'r not up to par, your'll be out. It's an extremely fast pace environment.

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  2. "Decent Job"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MGA Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay, Great office space, Good Coffee

    Cons

    Needed more training, no communication,


  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (10)

    "What a Relief I am not at MGA Right Now"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lowest Part of the Food Chain in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MGA Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall, MGA is not as bad as some prior reviews had indicated. It recently moved to a brand-new campus (though it's in a remote part of LA) and has launched great products in recently years. The owner is passionate about what he does and is a brilliant entrepreneur. He runs the company very tightly (his senior leadership team mostly just executes the owner's ideas). I actually enjoyed the entrepreneurial aspect of MGA and I worked on projects that went beyond my job title.

    Cons

    The pay and benefits were mediocre. They did offer medical, dental and other insurance coverage as well as 401K match; however, there was no sick leave and people who got sick had to use their PTO. Their mentality towards flexible work environment was very old school. I just heard that the company has asked everyone to go back to work, even those who can work from home, in the middle of a pandemic in the worst-hit city (LA) in California. I am so glad I am somewhere else where I am entitled to sick leave pays and I can work from home for a very extended period of time as my current employer pays more respect to employees' health and well-beings, both physically and mentally.

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  4. Helpful (9)

    "A culture of fear!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Designer in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MGA Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None.  This place was toxic and not an environment that I would ever refer anyone I know (friend or enemy) to work.      

    Cons

    None.  This place was toxic and not an environment that I would ever refer anyone I know (friend or enemy) to work.        The CEO is the worst part of this company.  He is a #Fraud.  Though he will tell you different, this guy could care less about his workers and only about his bottom line and proof of this is in his actions. He’s a corporate bully who finally broke on social media and showed his true colors outside of the MGA walls. Search MGA CEO and #BLM if you’re not familiar.  Nothing that is done here is innovative or ground breaking.  The ideas and products coming out of MGA are mostly stolen and everything is done to make it look like MGA is a “think factory.”  Hardly. Hopefully, the latest act by this complete and utter spoiled, narcist will doom his company for good and truly have an negative effect on his profits.   There were some good people that I worked with, while serving my time.  The majority of them were fearful for their jobs and were basically robots to serve one purpose, make the CEO money.  Have you ever worked somewhere that requires you to post on Glassdoor or social media? Well, it happens here and your posts need to be positive.  Yet, another example of the hierarchy of MGA trying to paint a picture of something that truly doesn’t exist.  #Fraud.  The final piece of the culture to be aware of is nepotism.  During your time, you’re sure to have exposure to the CEO’s kids.   Like with any job, take your time and do your research.  Find your place that respects not only time, but also your values.  If these things matter to you, don’t ever apply to a role at MGA.  

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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Do not work here, RUN!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chatsworth, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None. The one and only perk of this job was 2pm release "Summer Fridays", and those were taken away from employees without them ever being told from leadership.

    Cons

    Where to start? I'm am writing this review to give future employees an insight to the day-to-day culture of MGA Entertainment. Something I wish I was given before excepting a role here. This company offers ZERO flexibility. You want to work from home? Forget it. This type of work is not allowed, period. The CEO lacks the humility or foresight to allow his employees to work anywhere but in the office. If you aren't at work, then "you're stealing from him." You want to see inside the psyche of the CEO? Follow him on Linkedin. His attitude is one of a bully, who shows a complete lack of empathy for others. Anyone who has worked here will tell you that he/she lived in fear while working for MGA. Fear of the CEO, fear of the head of HR, fear of leadership in general. The positive reviews posted on glassdoor are fake. The CEO demands that employees log on to glassdoor and instructs them to leave positive reviews in order to increase his and the overall company rating. If you don't follow orders, you get fired. Do not believe any of the positive ratings. Educate yourself before you ever think about taking a role at MGA. Ask former employees and they will provide you the honest information about the culture and work/life balance (which there is none). Overall, there is absolutely no compassion for employees and their families. The leadership at MGA will own you 24/7.

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  6. Helpful (18)

    "Culture of Fear, Silos and Disrespect."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MGA Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Gym. Lack of resources mean you have to do a lot of jobs and learn a lot.

    Cons

    Upper management seem to be good people but they are henchmen to a paranoid and disrespectful CEO. Management seem to have little influence and seem to just do what they are told. The culture is one of chaos and disrespect. There is not a genuine care for people and respect for the work they do. The bullying and disrespectful nature of the CEO on LinkedIn is how he behaves daily. The success they are seeing now will not last. The leadership, particularly the CEO, lacks the skills and leadership to sustain their success. MGA is a toxic place. Before you go there ask former employees. I am sure they will be happy to help you make a decision. Also, the rating is fabricated because the CEO threatened people to write good reviews.

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  7. "Lots of opportunity for growth if you seek it out and prove yourself!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MGA Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Highly creative people - Tons of growth opportunity (if you seek it out!) - FUN industry -Flexible hours -Beautiful new campus with upcoming cafeteria and daycare -401K match, good benefits

    Cons

    - Can be highly political despite efforts to minimize politics - Fast-paced and entrepreneurial, not ideal for everyone - No work from home benefits, just average PTO

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company to work for! Cutting Edge creativity! Amazing People!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Category Licensing Manager in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MGA Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Management wants you to learn and supports your growth. Constantly new innovation which is very exciting and keeps MGA growing and succeeding. Departments work great together as we all share the same goal and support each other in order to reach our goals. President/CEO, Isaac Larian is very involved in the company. He truly cares about MGA and its employees.

    Cons

    MGA is very fast paced which could be a con to some but I have never learned so quickly anywhere else, which is a plus!

  9. "Good Company to Join"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost Manager in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO is a good Leader and upper management provides good direction on work. Good environment. Work as a team. Co-workers are friendly.

    Cons

    The working hours in here is a little long.

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  10. "Can Do Attitude"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MGA always promotes a "CAN DO ATTITUDE". Nothing is impossible. People here are hard working and knowledgeable about their craft. This is an amazing place to work.

    Cons

    MGA is challenging. It brings out the best of you... Which is a good thing.

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