MGA Entertainment Reviews

Updated Apr 17, 2022

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2.5
29%
Recommend to a Friend
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MGA Entertainment CEO Isaac Larian
Isaac Larian
127 Ratings

Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

Pros
  • "Great people to work with.(in 19 reviews)
  • "Entrepreneurial culture and fast paced environment.(in 8 reviews)
  • "It's a toy company and coworkers are nice.(in 5 reviews)
  • "Free bagels and juice on Fridays(in 5 reviews)
  • "Fellow employees were well qualified and new hires generally had years of experience in toys and entertainment.(in 4 reviews)
Cons
  • "Annual raises are sometimes withheld or are far below average.(in 8 reviews)
  • "Everyone is crushed under the CEO and if you can learn to cater to him you’ll go far.(in 7 reviews)
  • "Poor management, looming threat of being fired, lots of politics which turn departments against each other, childish CEO with unrealistic demands and a poor attitude toward employees(in 7 reviews)
  • "sighted, unqualified people in power positions, nepotism is abundant, leaders are technologically inept and because of all the former, the staff is unmotivated.(in 5 reviews)
  • "No bonuses or raises.(in 5 reviews)
Pros & Cons are excerpts from user reviews. They are not authored by Glassdoor.
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Place to Work

    Nov 15, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great, fast-paced environment run by a CEO who cares deeply about the products.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines due to toy production cycle.

    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Terrible and toxic

    Apr 17, 2022 - Associate Director 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great colleagues who do their best

    Cons

    Unprofessional and toxic culture ruled by CEO depending on his mood.

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Get ready for a culture shock (in a bad way)

    Apr 6, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Not much. The office is new and the people I worked with daily were pretty great, but that's about it.

    Cons

    The entire organization is siloed by department and most don't work well with others. Communication between departments is constant but worthless given the amount of change on a week to week basis. When a completely irrational and uninformed decision is made, when asked why that decision is made, the standard answer is "because Isaac wants it." If you don't know, Isaac Larian is the owner and this company is privately held, therefore, it's his way or the highway. During the pandemic, in the worst hit city of the worst hit state, these guys made it mandatory to return to the office, full time. The backlash was substantial resulting in numerous resignations. There was even an email from the owner "guaranteeing" the personal safety and health of everyone. Yes, he's that arrogant and pompous, which should give you an idea of what you're walking into. Also, please realize that every four and five star rating, and most of the three star ratings are fake, HR canned responses to boost the company rating on Glassdoor to improve recruiting. Don't believe the hype, it's a trap, and not a very good one. Don't walk; RUN away. Just about any other job is better than any job at this joint. Pay is low, benefits are atrocious in cost given how much this company makes per year, no sick time (only PTO) and if you're looking for a flexible work environment built on trust and employee performance, you've come to the wrong place.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Yes it is that bad

    Apr 3, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Not sure. Pretty terrible place to work

    Cons

    Everything. People don’t stay for long

    4 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Unless you are desperate RUN AWAY

    Mar 31, 2022 - Product Management in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Team members, the worker bees, are incredible people with much heart, intelligence, and drive to work hard.

    Cons

    If you are thinking of working here please do your homework and understand what you are getting into. Here are some points you need to be aware of. 1) Employees have the opportunity to work on great projects that will lift your resume. It is very easy to expand your skills with on the job training as you tackle new projects. However, there is no strategy and what you work on is often half thought through. So, projects are often rushed, not properly supported and often get cancelled quickly. 2) Teams work in silo1s, Without a cohesive strategic plan, teams often work disjointed. Again, plans are not executed well or to their full potential. 3) Toxic culture is very real. It is one of the worst cultures I’ve ever experienced. Teams back stab each other, people are not truly happy to be there, performance is not celebrated, the list is long. 4) Culture of fear is real. Many employees have been humiliated, yelled at, sworn at in meetings by senior leaders and specifically by Isaac, the CEO. Leadership are known to adopt his style and bully their direct team and other team members. Many other punitive actions occur as well. Team members treat each other this way at times as a result. This is tolerated and excused by HR. It creates a hostile and uncomfortable environment and feeds the poor culture. 5) While the base pay is fair, bonuses are often significantly shorted or completed not paid. Annual raises are sometimes withheld or are far below average. In the hiring process you are made to believe you will earn a good compensation. The reality is not so - you will be paid far less. I ended up getting 30% less pay due to this. I know many others who ranged from 10% - 40% less pay when they believed they would be seeing an increase during the hiring process. This is a consistency issue. 6) The company is ad hoc and does not follow a strategic plan. As the world becomes more responsible, it is just as important how you do business as the business you do. If customers knew the way employees were treated I am sure many people would not buy their products. I will never buy MGA products for the horrible way they treat people.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    No thanks

    Nov 6, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Netherlands, MO
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Fastpace environments, possibility to gain experience

    Cons

    No option for growth, non existing company culture, CEO is solely revenue driven without any interest in those who help generate the revenue. Process and either non existent and outdated

    7 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Good work environment

    Aug 30, 2021 - Product Development in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    good work environment, great co-workers!

    Cons

    usually start work late, which causes you to finish work late

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    A lot of potential with unfortunate senior leadership

    Sep 16, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Creative, R&D, product lines and appetite to think outside of the box

    Cons

    Out of touch and morally and ethically polarizing entitled CEO. Lack of infrastructure and internal head count. Reliance on freelance and 3rd party vendors.

    7 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    The most miserably toxic workplace in the business

    Sep 8, 2021 - Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is decent so they can draw you in. Isaac (Owner/CEO) is probably a genius and seems to be finally working on himself. Their HQ is a very modern and nice space.

    Cons

    Far and away this is the most toxic organization I have ever worked for. The entire place is fueled by fear and stuffing more money into a billionaire's pockets. It's not exactly motivating. Very few stay for more than a year or two. All of those toy awards they collect? They make every employee vote for MGA toys. If you haven't voted, they will SIGN INTO YOU EMAIL ACCOUNT to vote in your name. Assistants have spent entire weekends doing this. The reviews here are the same. Every positive review you may see here is entirely forced. They make people write positive reviews to balance the authentic reviews because they know they haven't earned them on their own merits. Back stabbing, lying, throwing co-workers under the bus, all of it is not just tolerated but encouraged. Screaming at teams is a-ok with them too. NOBODY there is happy. Even the handful of loyalists say "I can't believe I've been here this long." It's a miserable place to work. Avoid at all costs.

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    13 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Toxic

    Sep 9, 2021 - Direct Support Professional 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    It was close to the freeway.

    Cons

    I can't recall a more toxic environment that I've worked at in 20+ years. Support staff was generally nice, but anyone in management was overall cold and unapproachable. Although the building was new and there were several nice features (work and rest pods) it was cold and cavernous. Many departments worked in a bubble, not interacting with anyone outside their area. Maybe due to Covid it felt different, but I rarely saw or heard any interactions if it wasn't a set meeting. It also seemed that if you were one of the "old-timers", someone who'd been with the company for years, you were in a special click. Those that were new (like myself) didn't feel welcome.

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    5 people found this review helpful
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MGA Entertainment Reviews FAQs

MGA Entertainment has an overall rating of 2.5 out of 5, based on over 197 reviews left anonymously by employees. 29% of employees would recommend working at MGA Entertainment to a friend and 46% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -9% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, MGA Entertainment employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.7 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at MGA Entertainment. This rating has decreased by -13% over the last 12 months.

29% of MGA Entertainment employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated MGA Entertainment 2.2 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.4 for culture and values and 2.4 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at MGA Entertainment to be workplace, coworkers and the cons to be career development, benefits, senior leadership.

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