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  • Work/life balance- very intense work (in 23 reviews)

  • There isn't a whole lot of potential for career growth unless you're in upper management (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Turnaround in progress, but slow moving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits - half day Fridays, 50% discount at toy store. Relatively laid back culture and people. Good internal mobility - but needs to be driven through your own networking. Great pay.

    Cons

    Management is trying to change the culture of the organization, but there are too many people used to the old way of working. Marketing led organization - sometimes too much focus on what's the next big PR story vs. what makes money for the business. Lack of sufficient communication at the top levels. Brands work in silos.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with each other and your teams more frequently and more transparently.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great, if your face fits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of supportive and committed colleagues. Fantastic brand heritage with strong international presence. Space to get on with things without too much supervision in many areas

    Cons

    Lack of coherent strategy from the top leading to confusion, unresolved conflict, rework and massive inefficiencies - and the lack of engagement that come with all that

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and trust people


  3. "Senior Packaging Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment. It's the type of place that will keeps you young at heart. The people, they are supremely creative and awesome to work with.

    Cons

    The hours are long. Too many meetings. Last minute changes and constant indecisions are frustrating. The leadership is suspect at times

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to reward the talent that you have. There is a disconnect between who is capable and who is rewarded.


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  5. "Experience at Mattel"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Mattel as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Friday Half days
    Nice co-workers

    Cons

    don't see to much growth working here


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary & benefits. The projects are very innovating & interesting

    Cons

    no worklife balance, stayed late most nights


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Customer Service at American Girl Place, Mattel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved the benefits and play to grow values. Training from HR was great.

    Cons

    Horrible department managers. Sweet on the outside, gossipers and backstabbers on the inside. It's not how hard you work that will help you reach the top. It's how much you brown-nose them. When performing anonymous 360 reviews, our own managers would collect them, defeating the purpose of our reviews being anonymous.


  8. "Mattel for better or for worse"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very stable, creative community, half day Fridays, great vacation time

    Cons

    very cubersome, layered org structure, slow moving giant, no entrepenueral spirit

    Advice to Management

    get out of your own way and let true talent shine


  9. Helpful (4)

    "I hope it's not too late"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great, half day Fridays are awesome and the people are great.

    Cons

    People are overworked and there is a lot of uncertainty for the employees. People seem reluctant to tell management how they really feel out of fear of being pushed out of laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Stop relying on consultants for all the answers and trust your people. We need to stop great talent from walking out the door.


  10. "Sales Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. Half day fridays. Good hours.

    Cons

    Not a lot of training or guidance, esp for someone just entering the workforce.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Brand Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays. Great people at the worker bee level.

    Cons

    Way too political and top heavy. Management doesn't seem to have a clear vision.

    Advice to Management

    Give more autonomy and ownership to your employees. Also, innovate in your products.


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