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MGA Entertainment Reviews

Updated January 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Free bagels on Fridays, Nice coworkers who actually care about their work, receiving a paycheck that clears (in 4 reviews)

  • Free bagels on Fridays, creative and nice co-workers, few holiday events (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • High turnover on MARKETING team (in 6 reviews)

  • The whole company is designed in a top-heavy setup - too much upper management with no one to do the actual doing (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at MGA Entertainment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free bagels and juice on Fridays
    Half days during the summer on Fridays
    Monthly networking event for interns

    Cons

    Didn't have much work to do
    Many slow days


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Poor company to work for. Terrible culture. Not respected by retail partners"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Sales Manager in Van Nuys, CA
    Current Employee - National Sales Manager in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MGA Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay vs industry but low employee retention. Need to overpay to attract anyone. Van Nuys cheaper to live home locatiob6than most toy companies.

    Cons

    Large turnover. Poor industry reputation and relationships with large retailers. Micro managed from CEO down. 3 SVP of Sales in less than 2 years. High turnover on MARKETING team.

    Advice to Management

    Let people do their job and focus on winning brands. Stop trying to keep loser items going and move to growth items. Listen to retail feedback.


  3. "Middle-management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Van Nuys, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Van Nuys, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MGA Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great family-friendly hours, wonderful staff, complete "sign-offs" from work Ok.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Share direction of where brands are headed, better brand-management.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Miserable Staff Morale. Campus is a dump."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Van Nuys, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MGA Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Fun and creative toy brands keep it interesting. This company will give you good stories to tell around a campfire if they ever get around to approving your vacation time so you can build said campfire.

    Cons

    Isaac is a terrible leader. He undermines his staff at every level. Revolving door in management. Offices and campus are deplorable. The offices are dirty and have bugs everywhere!!! (roaches, ants, mosquitos and crickets!!) Seems like every Friday there's a new batch of layoffs or firings. They don't pay their vendors so they will probably short you too!

    Advice to Management

    Stay away from this place no matter what. Look elsewhere, as the stress is not worth it.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Like a warning sticker on a box of cigarettes - STAY AWAY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Financial Planning in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Financial Planning in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MGA Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free bagels on Fridays, Nice coworkers who actually care about their work, receiving a paycheck that clears. If you need an in to the Toy industry, this place would help you get your foot in the door as they hire just about anyone. However, like one other reviewer wrote, other companies in the industry will laugh when they see MGA on your resume.

    Cons

    I don't smoke cigarettes, but I would treat this review and many others that share the same opinions as a warning like one found on a box of cigarettes. This company can be toxic and it all stems from the executive level. The CEO is probably one of these most childish executives I have ever worked with - he is down right rude, will cause multiple fire drills a day, has no vision on how to help the company but to only help himself, threatens the employees with termination of their jobs, does not conduct business with their retailers properly as he always breaks his commitments.

    Advice to Management

    I knew many employees that really have a lot of talent in the company and they dedicated so much of their time to getting the job done. Treat your employees with respect and ensure that they are compensated well for their efforts.
    Work to build a better executive team and stop letting family members of the CEO run the show.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "RUN AWAY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MGA Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very few. They do actually pay you.

    Cons

    Completely toxic environment. Don't accept a position with this company unless you have literally no other options. It won't end the way it started. I've seen more people who were truly talented individuals walked out based on the always shifting blame of upper management. Most on the executive team live in fear of Isaac and will do anything to win over his approval.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at this company will change until Isaac decides to change himself.


  8. "Great Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Administrator II/Network Project Manager in Winnetka, CA
    Former Employee - Network Administrator II/Network Project Manager in Winnetka, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Always growing, Great People, Great Inovations

    Cons

    Turnover in managment, would be great to get good people

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Penny-Wise Pound-Foolish Dysfunctional Circus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MGA Entertainment (More than a year)

    Pros

    Because its an oppressive environment at MGA, with a CEO who's goals shift with his erratic mood, you do tend to form a deep bond with co-workers. There are a few people who I now call dear friends because we went through a mutually shared, crazy experience.

    Cons

    The company has a mass-exodus every two years. That's the cycle historically and it just happened again. The whole company is designed in a top-heavy setup - too much upper management with no one to do the actual doing. The CEO is a megalomaniac doesn't trust the leaders he appoints and feels he can do everyone else's job better than they can. The main focus is the bottom line - this results in the epitome of 'penny-wise pound-foolish' and a lot of truly innovative creativity is sadly, squandered. There's no REAL opportunity for growth at the company. If you come in, while negotiating, make sure you'll be happy with the salary you land on then and there for the duration of your employment at MGA, because bonuses and raises are basically not given. There's always a lot of talk about change but, it just doesn't happen and probably will not ever happen while the current CEO is running the company. The decision making process is based on fear and money, not passion and innovation as is claimed. As you can imagine, this fear creeps into everything and everyone, permeating the company culture. The focus for each employee while making any kind of decision, is to first, cover their own arse (so you don't get in trouble), and second to worry about the actual work that needs to be done. This environment causes people to second guess their own expertise and then poor choices result. The environment is a lot like a dysfunctional family. It's not a place where many people can thrive and its pretty sad because it actually could be.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what the company's core values actually are and then make these values the platform from which you make decisions. There's so much creativity and talent that is not utilized because fear and lack are dominating the conversation. Gratitude and abundance are merely a shift that can be ever present within an organization when you decide that these values a part of your fundamentals.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Only if you need money, otherwise stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MGA Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    A lot of talent people ( wasted, because no direction from management )

    Cons

    - Dysfunctional in every way.
    - A lot of finger pointing
    - No Direction
    - High turnover
    - Low morale

    Advice to Management

    You're a toy company! Act like it! Work should have a fun element.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "NO...just NO!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MGA Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My salary was good. Insurance and all the standard stuff.
    Work/life balance: average. Some fun co workers.

    Cons

    Some co workers ended up stabbing me in the back after new management showed up.

    During job interviews after working at MGA I had one interviewer LAUGH OUT LOUD in my face when he read in my resume that I had worked at MGA. (actual event)

    That tells you something of the reputation of this place and what it does to your career.

    Very acid, nasty treatment and discriminatory because of my gender and age (thick as butter on day one of new management).

    Look elsewhere and be happy.

    Advice to Management

    None. Why bother....



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