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Mattel Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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  • It was hard to keep work life balance at this time (in 29 reviews)

  • Too many approvals from upper management (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Great people, good for starting families"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Half day Fridays
    - Great people to work with

    Cons

    - No executive direction
    - Inefficient processes


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Designer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Half day Fridays are a pro if your schedule allows. Strong core brands. Designers are creative and collaborative with eachother.

    Cons

    Designers are treated like work horses. Not allowed to explore creative paths freely. Lack of innovation. Upper management lacks direction.

    Advice to Management

    Time to shake it up. Barbie sales are down. Figure it out.

  3. "Art Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Creative environment, you work with top class talents

    Cons

    politics, no growth opportunity, slow pace


  4. "Good at first but went down hill fast"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The human resources department was very friendly. My coworker and non Mattel team were great and very friendly.

    Cons

    Management was very misunderstanding about the quality of their training procedures​. They do not understand nor care that people learn at different rates of speed. If you ask questions you will get slapped on the wrist for asking them.
    If you ask questions about format you were yelled at.
    If you asked the manager to give you training materials then they would respond "if I have to take the time to make you a training guide then I'm better off doing the process myself​." This statement makes the person being trained feel uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Please revaluate your training procedures and onboarding process. If you hire a manager that doesn't have time to train then you are setting up new hires for failure. Also please put in place a manager that has patience and an understanding that people learn at different rates of speed.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "I feel sorry for the people who still work here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half day fridays, free toys, creative, great location. Great events that if you are a little social you will meet lots of different people from different departments.

    Cons

    Lots of back stabbing and mean people, constant shake ups, hard to get promoted, extreme overtime which reduces your pay rate and your dignity to that of a minimum wage employee or less. Unfortunately, if you are sadistic and condescending with a huge ego that just wants to continue to make a point, you will go far. Nice people will be laid off or humiliated.

    Advice to Management

    Probably impossible to fix at this point.


  6. "Employee for 2 years in marketing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Half day off on Fridays

    Cons

    Pretty hard to get promoted


  7. "Needs work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Half-day fridays and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    NO structure/ no room for growth.

  8. "Creative land"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room to expand here creatively. Just like any other corporation it's all in the relationships that you build

    Cons

    Design areas are fun. Corporate areas are exactly that, corporate and uptight.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good at team level"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Structural Packaging in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Structural Packaging in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning how products are conceive, designed, developed, manufactured, marketed from best people.
    Best CAD programs and training. Working on major international brands. Great office.

    Cons

    Seeing outstanding products, concepts, inspirations, etc...moulded into something that appeals to the mass market. With little
    Of the initial idea remaining.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great people
    Interesting work
    Competitive salaries
    Great Brands

    Cons

    Constant layoffs
    Top heavy
    No focus

    Advice to Management

    Cut the leadership size by 50%


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