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Mattel Reviews

Updated May 26, 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 25 reviews)

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  1. "Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Poor new senior management


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good talent and company looking better for the future

    Cons

    Too many Layoffs and turnover as well as reorg.

    Advice to Management

    Would be nice to stop reducing 401k and increasing premiums, while salaries are not increasing at the same rate


  3. "Outlook is positive"

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

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Strong teamwork; good sense of camaraderie and work/life balance; half-day Fridays and generous holiday schedule; competitive benefits

    Cons

    need to continue working to become more progressive and innovative to attract and retain talent


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  5. "Associate Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for role rotation and advancement, Good benefits, On-site facilities like dry cleaning and a gym, Half-day Fridays, Bonus holidays throughout the year

    Cons

    Can be very hierarchical and political, regular resource and funding cuts


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palos Verdes Estates, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palos Verdes Estates, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mattel (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and people. Half day Friday's.

    Cons

    People are viewed as commodities. Lack of IT tools and resources.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Staff Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are usually very upbeat and great to work with at the core team level

    Cons

    Resource management (People, Time, Money, etc) within all areas is really poor. ie.. IT
    It can be a real struggle to get the necessary tools need for one to do the job

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate processes that are a drain financially on the company and mentally on the employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Old review-IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst-Programmer in Hawthorne, CA
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst-Programmer in Hawthorne, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Training opportunities
    Potential opportunity for international relocation

    Cons

    I didn't receive support from upper management, with regards to my career advancement.
    Negative pressure when I [rarely] needed personal time off.

    Advice to Management

    Do some reverse reviews so subordinates can review managers.


  9. "Interim New Product Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interim New Products Director in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Interim New Products Director in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading toy company with many new products

    Cons

    Need more fact based selling strategies


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great, if your face fits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of supportive and committed colleagues. Fantastic brand heritage with strong international presence. Space to get on with things without too much supervision in many areas

    Cons

    Lack of coherent strategy from the top leading to confusion, unresolved conflict, rework and massive inefficiencies - and the lack of engagement that come with all that

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and trust people


  11. "Former Represenative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Representative in Pembroke Pines, FL
    Former Employee - Representative in Pembroke Pines, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is the best part of this PT job. You create your own schedule.

    Cons

    Very demanding during holiday time, but it is toys so it's expected.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of a compensation package needs to be reviewed.


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