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Mattel Reviews

Updated October 11, 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. "Highly Recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Toys!
    - Great culture
    - Exposure to Executives
    - SoCal living

    Cons

    - Toy industry on the decline
    - Company downsizing


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and many industry experienced workers

    Cons

    Old running company that is slow to innovate


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Antiquated compamy"

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

    Pros

    Half day fridays all year.

    Cons

    Company is an “old boys club” and functions like it’s still 1950.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the massive yearly layoffs by lowering the ridiculous salaries paid to the c suite employees. It’s disgusting to lay people off when others are making millions. Stop talking the talk and start walking the walk.


  6. "Working at Mattel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Family-friendly environment. Half-day Fridays!

    Cons

    I would have loved to retire there.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and allow your employees to move departments more freely.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be great ... going downhill now"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture despite the company not performing well. They still have some cool perks such as half day Fridays throughout the year, test toy program for kids and great discounts on toys.

    Cons

    Been with the company for 4 years and EVERY SINGLE QUARTER there is fear for layoffs. No job stability whatsoever as leadership cannot seem to get it together. Many great people either got laid off or left on their own. Talking about people that have been with the company for 25+ years that got let go.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership talking about people being their greatest asset yet they are laying off folks left and right. Stop letting go of people and invest into R&D and new products. Times are changing, cannot use strategies that worked 10-20 years ago.

  8. "Benefits are good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Above average benefits at Mattel.

    Cons

    There are no cons at Mattel regarding benefits.


  9. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work culture, very inclusive and great events throughout the months.

    Cons

    The company is so huge you can't help but feel the silo if you aren't in the main tower.


  10. "Great place to work when doing well"

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    Former Employee - PR Associate and Licensing Associate in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - PR Associate and Licensing Associate in El Segundo, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and competitive pay. Extremely talented people!

    Cons

    Used to be a much more fun place to work. Everything became rush, rush, rush with no results to show for it.


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