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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. Helpful (6)

    "No intelligent plans in the making"

    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
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not great anymore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Half day off on Fridays, interesting people, being part of the toy industry

    Cons

    Too many changes at the company, very top heavy


  3. "Good and Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Love the Half Day Friday's and closing down during the Christmas holiday
    Good Pay and good benefits
    Many good people who work hard.

    Cons

    Too many changes by upper management make it difficult to get any traction on projects or chosen direction. Organizational changes at least once a week. No love for the old timers and all that they have contributed.

    Advice to Management

    Be more daring in innovation and the projects that are developed.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Manager Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redondo Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People, benefits and vacation. The people here are extremely dedicated to the company.

    Cons

    Inconsistent requests from management and no understanding for what it takes to get work done

    Advice to Management

    Take time to listen to your employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary & benefits. The projects are very innovating & interesting

    Cons

    no worklife balance, stayed late most nights


  7. Helpful (4)

    "A big hit to my career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Customer Service at American Girl Place, Mattel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved the benefits and play to grow values. Training from HR was great.

    Cons

    Horrible department managers. Sweet on the outside, gossipers and backstabbers on the inside. It's not how hard you work that will help you reach the top. It's how much you brown-nose them. When performing anonymous 360 reviews, our own managers would collect them, defeating the purpose of our reviews being anonymous.


  9. "financial analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Mattel (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a very fun company to work for. They give alot of benefits and everything needed is on ground.

    Cons

    The company has a very high turn over rate. Seems like everybody are numbers. They prefer contractors

    Advice to Management

    Please get to know your employees better. Would be great to fix the turn over rate issue.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not Great for Young Professionals"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous Holidays
    Decent Pay
    Good Benefits Package
    Free Airport Parking

    Cons

    Constant fear of lay-offs
    Bureaucratic System of Decision-Making
    Lack of Innovation (always resorts to old ways of thinking)
    Brands are too generic
    Lackluster products

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your creatives
    Marketing shouldn't overrule decisions
    Stop making brands conform to certain values


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Horrid and dehumanizing place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mattel (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Early Friday schedules year round

    Cons

    No growth, workers are overloaded, employee morale is at an all time low, I've never worked for a worse company in my life. All my co-workers and I who have since left or were laid off, are disgusted by the things we had to go through.


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