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Updated March 22, 2019
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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 35 reviews)

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  1. "Badddd Desicion"

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

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

    Pros

    American Girl Dolls Discount Was Great. I Enjoyed That

    Cons

    Management Had a Bad Attitude


  2. "Used to be a great place"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are relatively competitive. Great people. Depends on the department but relatively good work life balance.

    Cons

    Company has taken away year round half day Friday’s (now only Summers). Current environment is one of slight desperation as company struggles to cut costs and stay relevant, therefore not a lot of upward mobility. A lot of inefficiencies and unnecessary layers. A lot of turnover and always fear of layoffs for current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce layers within the company. Listen to what employees need and want in order to retain them.

  3. "On the up and up"

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

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays and passionate workers

    Cons

    Barriers to execution and lots of meetings

    Advice to Management

    Manager lever and above should all have a passion for the culture of Mattel


  4. "Not much fun"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager 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 people on the team level. Had full model shop, had a lot of freedom in developing cool toys. Had half day Fridays.

    Cons

    The company is in slash and burn mode. Waited decades before they looked at their business and what they've been spending (inefficiencies)--then tried to fix them overnight. 2,2000 staff cut last July, everyone is on pins & needles Wondering if they will have a job 6 months out. Multiple rounds of layoffs and always more to come. Cutting Sr Staff and bringing on entry level to save cost, wringing every cent they can pull out of product & packaging. If it keeps going in this direction the most beloved toy brands will become cheap, chinese garbage made by robots to save cost.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot fix everything overnight. Need to keep perspective and some level of balance--not slash-slash-shash as is the current approach. Cutting half day Fridays is a big mistake, especially when everyone else in the toy industry has them--you risk losing your best staff to competitors.


  5. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays, work environments, good people

    Cons

    Top heavy mangements cant do their jobs


  6. "Good but uneasy"

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    Current Employee - Lead Product Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Product Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays
    Cool managers
    Lots of vacation
    Good discounts
    Good Benefits
    Get to work on iconic brands
    Travel is cool

    Cons

    Company cant get put of its own way
    Lots of layoffs
    TONS of lip service
    Executives aren’t connected to the workers
    Misplaced priorities

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to sell us BS. We aren’t stupid and we know when you are full of it. You sound like a bunch of cornet used car salesmen.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Relations Representative
    Current Employee - Consumer Relations Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and very forward thinking management. In general a fun low pressure position.

    Cons

    A bit of a boring position ans you will mostly be sitting in front of a computer all day with short breaks. Only have 30 min. lunch breaks which I suppose is fair as you are sitting all day anyway.

  8. "Great people, Mediocre Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and people around

    Cons

    Unclear direction from top managements


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Definitely pros & cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good coworkers, innovative environment, good benefits & health care, competitive salary.

    Cons

    Unstable management structure, questionable job security, shortsighted upper management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    People are not just numbers, talk to them, have a business plan that supports the brands on all levels, before you decide that they are replaceable.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company that used to be a great one"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half day fridays and holiday shut down

    Cons

    Hard workers laid off and not so hard workers get to stay. Doesn’t quite make sense. Letting go of too many creatives.