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Updated August 13, 2017
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  • Other things people care about: Work/life balance is totally dependent on your team and your boss; it varies dramatically from team to team (in 24 reviews)

  • Upper management lacks direction (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Great, creative people and attitude"

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

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

    Pros

    It's ALL about the creative people in the trenches

    Cons

    Obviously a little worried about the business end

    Advice to Management

    Look at the history of the company, stronger focus on entertainment, less on what the competition is doing


  2. "Disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friday's have a shorter work schedule

    Cons

    The outsourcing finance to India

    Advice to Management

    More interaction with employees

  3. "Corporate atmosphere sucks"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    2 weeks off paid at Christmastime, half-day Fridays, creative environment

    Cons

    Too many politics. Corporate atmosphere is brutal.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so secretive and snobby.


  4. "Toy company doesn't mean it's fun"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and 1/2 day Fridays but you work more than you think to get that 1/2 day...

    Cons

    A lot of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your teams accountable to the numbers that are projected or they are just fluffed numbers. Most are fluffed and not realistic.


  5. "Sr Director HR"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Human Resources in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Human Resources in El Segundo, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company - good people

    Cons

    Hard times. Don't think they will last forever


  6. "Manager"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    South Bay Culture
    Good Health Benefits
    Work Balance
    Five hour Fridays

    Cons

    Lost of #1 position
    Heavy Politics
    Promotional opportunities limited
    Many jobs have been pushed overseas and out-of-state

    Advice to Management

    Need a visionary to take Mattel to the next step. Advert pushing jobs overseas and out of state.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Overall, Not Bad at All"

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    Former Employee - Production Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Production Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The work environment at this famous toy company in Southern California was friendly. Admittedly, I was there for only a relatively short time (about a year) but there seemed to be some allowance for upward mobility. The salary and benefits were competitive and the staff background was quite diverse. Half day Fridays was a very nice benefit.

    Cons

    Could be stressful when preparing for toy fairs. There were a few "difficult" colleagues, though I tended to handle them well. There was a general sense that the administration did not value my division of the company as much as others. I also did feel that my supervisors tended not to want any input from their direct-reports. There were some times when I felt as if my opinion about projects was just not welcome or valued.

  8. "Assessment.."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great products to work with..

    Cons

    Currently going through a turnaround..


  9. "Great company to work for + every Friday are half days. You can't beat that especially if you live close."

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for + every Friday are half days. You can't beat that especially if you live close.

    Cons

    IT Management is screwed up. Very top heavy and not enough middle managers and workers to do the job. You will end up working Sunday's to catch up.


  10. "Associate Marketing Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    -Good Experience to learn marketing and product development
    -Great people who are both highly intelligent and nice people in general
    -Half day Fridays
    -Good Benefits (Mattel courses, mentorship programs, 401k, great health benefits, gym, childcare, etc.)

    Cons

    -Long working hours with overwhelming workload depending on what department
    -Promotion track is very subjective
    -Roles & responsibilities not clearly defined
    -Low empowerment to make decisions below Director level (subjective to brand you are on)
    -LOTS of politics that gets incredibly exhausting to navigate

    Advice to Management

    -Provide Clearer Roles & Responsibilities at every level
    -Provide a more structured promotion track with accountability to management
    -As work/life balance becomes a continued area of focus, there needs to be resources to help support (system improvement, headcount, encourage video conference more)


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