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Mattel Reviews

Updated August 17, 2018
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  • "It was hard to keep work life balance at this time" (in 30 reviews)

  • "Disorganized upper management with no coherent strategy" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It feels like a family"

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    Current Employee - Project Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone supports each other. You get many opportunities to do different types of projects. Great work life balance. Benefits very good.

    Cons

    You work really hard on so many different products at a time. Upper management decisions are slow and change often

    Advice to Management

    Decision making seems slow. Processes are too long. We need to act faster.


  2. "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.

  3. "Careful, Thoughtful and Complete"

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

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

    Pros

    The people at Mattel make the company what it is. There are so many individuals who are committed to the work they do and they want to make it a better company.

    Cons

    There is no cohesive onboarding process for employees. There needs to be a cross brand, corporate and internal brand education when onboarding. The time it takes to onboard someone properly, educating them on the history, educating them on internal processes, and the vision can make their contributions consistent and effective.

    Advice to Management

    Properly onboard employees. There are a lot of changes right now, clearly and concisely communicate the changes so that employees at every level know and understand how the changes affect everyone. Be transparent. If your employees watch your townhalls or submit questions internally respond to the questions so that everyone can have their common concerns or inquiries addressed.


  4. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Good people.
    Good compensation.
    Four & half days work week.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management


  5. "Good, dedicated employees working hard for the turnaround"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Very creative, good and dedicated employees

    Cons

    company at a tough turnaround now.


  6. "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Fast pace and challenging. Rotational opportunities within the company

    Cons

    Been tough few years so upward opportunities have been limited.


  7. "Design"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary and half day Fridays.

    Cons

    Job insecurity, with rampant rumours of constant layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your employees. They may even be able to help guide the ship.

  8. "Mattel"

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

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    No one is held accountable


  9. "Content Creation Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff and relaxed environment.

    Cons

    No direction. A lot of political backstabbing. No projects are being green lit, so likely to shut down content (animation creation.)

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing political games, be straight with employees. Find better creative talent to lead content creation


  10. "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good discount on toys

    Cons

    Little to no opportunity for advancement


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