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Mattel El Segundo Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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El Segundo, CA

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Mattel Chief Executive Officer Margaret H. Georgiadis
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  • Other things people care about: Work/life balance is totally dependent on your team and your boss; it varies dramatically from team to team (in 24 reviews)

  • Upper management lacks direction (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Corporate atmosphere sucks"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    2 weeks off paid at Christmastime, half-day Fridays, creative environment

    Cons

    Too many politics. Corporate atmosphere is brutal.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so secretive and snobby.


  2. "Toy company doesn't mean it's fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and 1/2 day Fridays but you work more than you think to get that 1/2 day...

    Cons

    A lot of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your teams accountable to the numbers that are projected or they are just fluffed numbers. Most are fluffed and not realistic.

  3. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a great creative and inclusive community that works on the design side. Half day Fridays, good amount of company paid holidays and family oriented depending on your department.

    Cons

    This really depends on which part of the company you work for.

    Advice to Management

    I wish management cared more about the people under them. It seems like they treat you like you are lucky to work there and you are easily replaceable.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Working at Mattel is like living through a "Signs of a Failing Company" listicle"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays (all year!), phenomenal benefits (401K matching, health, dental, etc.), great El Segundo campus amenities (gym, daycare, dry cleaning, etc.), fun colleagues, and a work culture that really likes to celebrate the holidays.

    Cons

    A ridiculously top-heavy organization with leaders of questionable ability (Google "Mattel CFO" and "phishing scam" for a good laugh). I wouldn't recommend for anyone under a Director level because that's roughly the level when your thoughts & opinions are finally considered. Until that title, expect your workdays to involve resolving infighting among cross-functional partners, trying to align with the many levels of leadership, manually updating Excel spreadsheets in lieu of proper systems, and creating tons of PowerPoint presentations for internal meetings.

    Aside from that, there's the constant chaos - from the mass exodus of talent to the regular reorgs, there's a running joke internally that "If you don't like something, just wait a few months". This sounds amusing until you realize what it means is that nobody knows what's going on because you're either onboarding new talent, working with new talent on other teams, or trying to figure out the latest dynamics of the org structure of the moment.

    Other things people care about: Work/life balance is totally dependent on your team and your boss; it varies dramatically from team to team. Promotions are fairly easy to come by, put in ~2yrs and you're on your way up. Rotations to other teams/divisions used to be a selling point of the company but with so many people leaving, managers are more and more reluctant to let people rotate internally.

    Advice to Management

    I honestly don't know where to begin. There are so many issues, most of which are complex. I hope Mattel can finally make the turnaround they've been talking about for two years but I still don't see the ship changing course...


  5. "Sr. Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brands and smart employees. There's a specific culture and if you fit in you will do well.

    Cons

    Long work hours, varied Sr. Management abilities and silo'ed brand teams.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify unified mission down to all levels, celebrate strengths of different employees and invest in strong management skills for managers.


  6. "IT Went Wrong"

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Technician in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Technician in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off is plentiful... onsite childcare, gym, cafeteria.

    Cons

    Management, from the CIO down are the epitome of the good old boy network. Short sighted and profit driven treatment of employees

    Advice to Management

    Start from the top down and educate the management team on how to treat employees.


  7. "Sr Director HR"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Human Resources in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Human Resources in El Segundo, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company - good people

    Cons

    Hard times. Don't think they will last forever

  8. "Good, but lots of politics. Management changes lots and always fear of lay offs."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Good benefits. Good brands. Lots of potential. Work is interesting. Never boring. Overall a good place to work off the fear of layoffs wasn't always looming.

    Cons

    People can't take ownership. Brand way too involved with everything. Brand and Marketing are at odds a lot. No real entertainment distribution. Too many meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Trust people to know their job and expertise.


  9. "Associate Editor"

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    Former Freelancer - Associate Editor in El Segundo, CA
    Former Freelancer - Associate Editor in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, creative departments, positive culture, environment, schedule, some other unique and innovative great creative artists. Great resources with technology and innovations with camera equipment

    Cons

    Lack of innovation and some stagnation in tenured employees and corporate lifestyle. Lots of delay in turnarounds with standards and practices.

    Advice to Management

    Less stagnation in turn around with standards and practices and marketing clients and some seniors in management


  10. "consultant / vendor"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant/Vendor in El Segundo, CA
    Former Contractor - Consultant/Vendor in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mattel as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    at least you can command your rate of pay / proving the experience

    Cons

    unbelievable process for payment (really drawing out)bean counters at their best, ridiculous deadlines for programs almost over night , internally they cant even perform at that speed, lack of communication with : supervisor, manager, designer , contract external designer once the program is in swing.

    Advice to Management

    review project thoroughly, make sure the information / handing off (weather its your work, internal or external designers), you are giving is correct and matches through out


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