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Mattel Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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  • Work/life balance- very intense work (in 23 reviews)

  • There isn't a whole lot of potential for career growth unless you're in upper management (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Clamp Operator/Quality Assurance"

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    Current Contractor - QA Analyst in Arlington, TX
    Current Contractor - QA Analyst in Arlington, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mattel as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The task it's self , I like to do all kinds of Forklift Operations..

    Cons

    I had been with the company for a year and a half, still temp.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Shame it's a toy company but the least fun place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun toys, talented people, charitable organization, great location, iconic brands, could be the worlds best company to work for if culture can be fixed

    Cons

    Probably worst culture in any company I know of. Very weak management w good old boys, highly political, too many VPs, SVPs who suck up half the G&A while company is focusing on shaving nickels and cheapening toys every year

    Advice to Management

    Not sure where to begin


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Broken company culture, highly political"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can leave work at 1:30 on Friday's if work is done. Generous with company holidays. There are some great leaders in the company. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The company culture is extremely broken. The leaders and executives do not lead with the culture. This has been an ongoing issue for years. Employees voices are not heard, and there are tons of politics to work up the ladder. Retention rate is extremely low for millennials. The health and wellbeing of employees are under appreciated (it will take 6 months to get ergonomic assistance).

    Advice to Management

    Redefine the company culture, lead with it, and implement employee resources to keep the culture alive. Listen to your employees and act on their needs.


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  5. "Senior Analyst FP&A"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and great colleagues

    Cons

    horrible leadership, constant change in direction

    Advice to Management

    too frequent change of direction and leadership


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Bad politics continue to lose all the talent and keep the poison"

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

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mattel still remains to be one of biggest toy company in the world but no longer #1. great benefits include maternity, healthcare, and onsite daycare. great resources and established process with in-house manufacturing system and compatible costing. big brands.

    Cons

    They DO NOT value people. employees are easily replaceable and HR is on management side. even though they may have great health care, the work environment was super toxic with bad politics, unbalanced work hours for designers, and most of all, discrimination. You definitely need these healthcare benefit to balance. mine was spent on stress management and counseling. not worth it!

    Advice to Management

    they still have very bad hierarchy and continue to believe in wrong people in management which won't last long. all the talented people already left and continue to do so. Until they have board of directors wake up to see that they need a fresh start, this is not a recommended place to commit your career.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Would give zero stars"

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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

    Pros

    Half day Friday's and that's basically
    About it. It's just the worst company ever.

    Cons

    Where to start. This company does NOT care about its employees. They have the worst brands and no creativity. Management to HR is horrible and I highly suggest not accepting a job here. You are not a person to them, you are a number.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in East Aurora, NY
    Current Employee - Supervisor in East Aurora, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits good. Pay good for area.

    Cons

    Outsourcing, job cuts and layoffs are a constant. Poor morale and working conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bleeding. Your employees should be your best resource not a disposible object.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "No intelligent plans in the making"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Half day Fridays. That's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Terrible excuse for leadership across the entire C-suite. They don't care about employees or even their consumers. The products get cheaper in quality, and all management is saying is "do more, do it faster, and do it with 30% less of the resources you had to work with last year". The board must be asleep at the wheel if they think they have a good team assembled. Benefits are getting decreased all the time for the worker bees. There are no core values. The culture is only good for narcissists since they're not self aware.

    Advice to Management

    Start over. And stop talking about the garage and the company's humble beginnings. None of you seems to have any idea what it is like to do real work. It's insulting to your workforce.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Run away!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    free toys (if you ask the right people), off the record. On the record, management won't give away anything

    Cons

    inept, clueless management, high school-like turf wars, good people laid off while incompetent people are protected and promoted. awful working atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    quit


  11. Helpful (3)

    "A big hit to my career"

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    Current Employee - Digital Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Half Day Fridays
    - Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    A revolving door, particularly with management. With the exception of 1 Director, the managers who have stuck around within my department have been completely self serving, only promoted employees who were previous co-workers, or would simply facilitate the selective micro management derived from upper management.

    In every other place that I have worked, I have received regular feedback and been provided with growth opportunities, which has always allowed me to be happy and successful in my job. My biggest mistake has been staying here as long as I have and I hope that I have not seriously damaged the trajectory of my career.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the strategy and health of the department.
    Empower team members to drive new concept/projects
    Provide some level of mentoring



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