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Mattel Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  • It was hard to keep work life balance at this time (in 27 reviews)

  • Upper management lacks direction (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "contractor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and the benefits are better than most companies. Half day Fridays year round and generous holiday schedule. Lots of other perks as well.

    Cons

    Company is struggling currently so morale is down but having worked at other companies, the same sorts of issues apply so the grass is not always greener.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Retail Merchandising Rep"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Merchandising Representative in Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Retail Merchandising Representative in Spartanburg, SC

    I worked at Mattel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    3 month seasonal contract - perfect for someone who is interested in holiday work.
    You get to know the Mattel toys very well.while you work with another employee to stock shelves.

    Cons

    Your clothes and shoes take a beating (no jeans allowed). Which really is not bad when you are informed/aware of how much time you will spend in a stock room.

    Advice to Management

    A survey for the seasonal employees to be completed via email as to where they would return for the next holiday season.

  3. "Cashier"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mattel part-time

    Pros

    Discount flexible hours and meeting people

    Cons

    And to drive to the other side of town

    Advice to Management

    Aa for management i have no complains. They were awesome ive never had any like them.


  4. "Bistro server"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - American Girl Bistro/Server in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - American Girl Bistro/Server in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mattel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable company with good benefits

    Cons

    not enough room for growth & development

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Generally a good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The products are great and culture can be a lot of fun. There are a lot of young people so there are a lot of things to get involved in. Depending on what area you are in, there is good work life balance (but that is NOT the case in every department).

    Cons

    Management tends to find the high achievers and then gives all the extra projects and work to them hence allowing the poor performers to skate by. This is extremely frustrating and creates a very stressful work environment. It also creates resentment among team members and quickly leads to burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Reward high performers instead of constantly making them prove themselves over and over again.


  6. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Half day friday is wonderful
    Offers more holidays than most companies

    Cons

    Have to get approval from too many people to move a project along


  7. "Senior Packaging Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment. It's the type of place that will keeps you young at heart. The people, they are supremely creative and awesome to work with.

    Cons

    The hours are long. Too many meetings. Last minute changes and constant indecisions are frustrating. The leadership is suspect at times

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to reward the talent that you have. There is a disconnect between who is capable and who is rewarded.

  8. "Experience at Mattel"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Friday Half days
    Nice co-workers

    Cons

    don't see to much growth working here


  9. "manager customer marketing"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Marketing Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, Fun to work for, Friday half day offs

    Cons

    Too many politics, constant change in leadership


  10. "Senior Consumer Insights Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consumer Insights Analyst in Astoria, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consumer Insights Analyst in Astoria, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Mattel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Passionate workers that challenge each other with innovative thinking

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy that makes putting new ways of thinking into action


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