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Updated December 15, 2017
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Mattel Chief Executive Officer Margaret H. Georgiadis
Margaret H. Georgiadis
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  • It was hard to keep work life balance at this time (in 29 reviews)

  • Too many approvals from upper management (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Tough road ahead and behind, but could be an exciting future"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    - Stellar people
    - Exciting new vision and direction
    - Iconic Brands you can be proud of.
    - Appetite to try new things - chance to make real impact at all levels.
     - Horizontal, vertical, and geographical growth potential if the turn-around is successful.

    Cons

    - Frequent leadership and org. changes
    - Prolonged turn-around efforts
    - Haven't yet matched the workload with the reduced resources (but they are trying)

    Advice to Management

    Not everything your predecessor did was wrong and the people who worked under them are not always an issue. Respect the institutional knowledge.


  2. "Administrative Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, onsite gym, onsite dry cleaners, onsite toy store, 401lk, health spending account, education reimbursement

    Cons

    Room for training and advancement as an Administrative Assistant

  3. "Conservative, Risk-Adverse, Slow yet Chaotic"

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

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

    Pros

    High salaries
    Great benefits
    Easy, if you don't make waves and do not have too many ideas
    Great people
    Cool brands

    Cons

    Hard to get things done
    Lots of red tape
    No clear vision at top
    Leadership gaps
    Very corporate environment
    Very hierarchical

    Advice to Management

    Do something original. Not nostalgic. Not a trend. Not derivative. Not a license.

    Stop trying to justify everything through consumer research.

    It's a tough industry and big-box retail has leverage. Be a traditional company 80% of the time, and innovate 20%– maybe completely outside and independent of the traditional channel.

    Promote from within. Stop hiring from entertainment and fashion, they're different industries. Start hiring from education and recreation/sports.


  4. "Amazing opportunity and potential, but going through a lot of change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great, smart people. Fun brands, products and toys. Very interesting challenges. Lots of opportunity to learn in grow while staying within Mattel.

    Cons

    Lots of changes within organization, business is down and bonuses haven't been given in a while, so people are tired and morale is low.


  5. "Not worth it"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay pay and decent location

    Cons

    The management is awful, no room for growth disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring the right people


  6. "Merchndiser"

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great part time work for stay at home moms, also get to meet a lot of interesting people as you travel from store to store.

    Cons

    Can put a lot of miles on your personal vehicle.


  7. "Retail Services"

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    Former Employee - Retail Service Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Retail Service Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Management, Autonomy, Great Experience, Fun Environment,Make Own Hours

    Cons

    Retail Hours, Work Holidays, Labor Intensive Work, Much Car Travel, Long days on Holidays

  8. "Post Production Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Love working at Mattel! Creative, engaged co-workers! Family and quality of life oriented

    Cons

    Temporary employees don't have same benefits nor advantages as Mattel regular employees.


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Toy testing. Fun environment. Great benefits. Good people. Fun activities.

    Cons

    There is currently volatility in the company.


  10. "director"

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

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

    Pros

    great people, great resources, great benefits

    Cons

    too many meetings, too many approvals from upper management, no work life balance if you don't put up boundaries

    Advice to Management

    push authority down and support their decisions


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