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Mattel Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits...medicore leadership."

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    Former Employee - Director in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Director in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package: half day Fridays throughout the year, 13 holidays plus week between Christmas and New Years off, 401K contribution even if you don't, 4% 401K match contribution if you contribute 6%, restricted stock and stock options for directors and above, access to a host of online education courses.

    Financially stable and generally invest in the betterment/education of the workforce both at the staff and management level.

    Cons

    Depending upon your position can require a significant amount of travel. Do more with less resources but expect the same output as before...leads to long hours. Not flexible enough on telecommuting. Too many exceptions to the rule depending upon which department you work in. Inconsistency of senior leadership across the board. Management committee can be indecisive on making strategic business decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Be less litigious and more creative in your business decisions. Be more open during layoffs...everyone generally knows anyway.


  2. "Solid company. Takes care of employees."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work/life balance. Takes care of employees.

    Cons

    Can be political as is the case in most large companies.

    Advice to Management

    Doing a good job.


  3. "Mattel is a great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mattel has good benefits, amenities and is in a great location. There is a lot of energy, and an atmosphere of dedication among the intelligent and vibrant employees.

    Cons

    Mattel asks a lot of its employees. There is a lot of work which needs to be done, often on tight schedules, with minimal staffing. Layoffs are not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    Mattel needs to spend a lot more time and effort on training its supervisors how to be supervisors, and how to be motivators. There needs to be emphasis put on being good managers, not just getting the work done.


  4. "Very good and recommend the job to friends"

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    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Agent, American Girl Place in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Agent, American Girl Place in Bloomington, MN
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's on Fortune Magazine's top 100 places to work in the USA for a reason... Leadership, respect given to employees, willingness to change if requested and alot more than that.

    Cons

    Being employed by a toy company isn't something worth boasting to friends & family. Other than that, nothing else was bad!

    Advice to Management

    Please make it easier for loss prevention to do it's job by putting up sensors at the door and more video cameras. There are so many blind spots in the store that it's so easy to steal!!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Once you are in, it is hard to leave....and if you do, you just end up trying to come back."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Senior management takes the company's "Play" values seriously, resulting in an ethical company that respects its employees.

    Year round half-day Fridays are even better than they sound!! Imagine working overtime and still leaving the office at 2pm!!

    Great brands that you can that you can get excited about and in an industry that is comparatively resistent to economic downturn.

    A very fast paced, dynamic company culture that gets addicting. Once you are at Mattel, it is hard to leave.

    Growth internationally shows promise for some cool career opportunities.

    Encourages internal rotation.

    Cons

    A past history of lay-offs leaving things a little too lean at the lower levels.

    Political in some areas, but has improved over the last few years.

    Hard to get in.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is king. So many of the recent moves are the right thing to do, but may be misunderstood. Keep your employees in the loop with the "what" and the "why" and they will support you.

    Avoid any significant workforce reductions at all costs. It really is a morale killer.

    We need more new brands like Monster High!!!


  6. "My experience at Mattel was very positive and rewarding."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mattel works in teams with each member of the team working on the whole project. The atmosphere is one of encouraging innovative solutions to the challenges presented. Pay is commiserate to the local market. Benefits are some of the best around in private industry.

    Cons

    Certain times of the year are frantic and require overtime. This is a function of the toy business and the need to have the majority of the product line to be brand new every year. Being such a large company, you don't get the opportunity to know many of the people outside of your business unit.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, people, talent, culture, fair company, in general it is a great company to work for and people are very nice, after all it's a toy company!

    Cons

    Changes, changes, changes, new clusters each 2 years, outsourcing, organizational changes etc. It could bring new opportunities to few, for others it will mean lay off, relocations, etc

    Advice to Management

    Even thou it happens on many companies, try not to fall into to much burocrasy, politics, etc. Mattel needs to innovate more, keep up with technology and always remember to stay true to their core values, other than that very satisfied


  8. "awesome learning experience, great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Aurora, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Aurora, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great work environment, very flexible work schedule

    Cons

    sometimes too flexible, felt people weren't being pushed hard enough


  9. "Best job I ever had;"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits and working personnel.

    Cons

    There is nothing bad to say about this company..

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good relations with your employees


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great and working with toys is interesting and fun

    Cons

    Work is a bit inconsistent and hard to plan for considering the hierarchical structure that sets up the workflow


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