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Mattel Reviews

Updated December 10, 2018
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Mattel Chief Executive Officer Ynon Kreiz
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  • "It was hard to keep work life balance at this time" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Upper management decisions are slow and change often" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people, fun environment, half day Fridays

    Cons

    It is a big company so sometimes politics come into play.


  2. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great iconic brands! Great People!

    Cons

    Letting go of too much design history. Missing consistency from executive management.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Manager position at Mattel Inc"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1/2 day Fridays, great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Lay offs are always around the corner


  4. "Retail associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mattel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun workplace and great co workers

    Cons

    Low wages - not enough hours


  5. "Just the Mattel name left. No substance behind the scenes."

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

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

    Pros

    Half-Day Fridays, people love hearing you work at a toy company (good ice breaker).

    Cons

    Hard to move up, backstabbing, low morale due to constant fear of layoffs, HR unhelpful, HQ is depressing due to much needed renovation and gray color scheme.

    Advice to Management

    The C-Suite is paid much too much and the golden parachutes are ridiculous when they exit. Use that money instead to pay your other employees and keep annual layoffs at bay.


  6. "Executive Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, great work life balance, great compensation.

    Cons

    Currently going thru re-org, not friendly to current employees


  7. "Direct Service Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule over holiday season

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to the employees

  8. "Outdated Executives Lack Experience In Today's Business Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Year round half day Friday's.

    Cons

    People have been there for so long and get shuffled to jobs they have no experience in.
    Senior executives aren't equipped with any contemporary skills.
    No accountability -- SVP's all look around and point but don't take any accountability for managing the business.
    C-suite want to do what they think is "fun", which does not include hard decisions to right set the company.


  9. "Restructuring of the company has been going on for several years."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great environment, good moral.

    Cons

    Kids don't play with toys as much as they used to, so they have been trying to figure out how to salvage the company.


  10. "Project Designer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, fun projects, great benefits

    Cons

    Disorganized direction, misplaced priorities, non-compete contract