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The culture was not the best!
INVENTORY ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) –  Tracy, CAMay 29, 2017
When I was working for them for 2 years there was not opportunity for advancement, no pay raise, and the hardest part of the job was dealing with the employees because everyone had an issue with everyone else. The culture was not the best and I do not see myself working for them again.
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Los supervisores muy d├ęspotas y no es un trabajo fijo
Empakadora (Former Employee) –  Tracy, CANovember 19, 2016
Trabajar y cumplir cn las hobligaciones pr no ser removido dsu puesto
Pros
No tienen seguro medico
Cons
No dan over time
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no growth or opportunity to learn
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Wilton, CTOctober 25, 2016
This is a Place to go and apply what you have already learned from your previous employment and you will do this without the hope of growth or advancement. The company offers no opportunity for career advancement, you will sit at your desk do your work day in and day out 50 hours a week, knowing that this is what you will do for the rest of your career here. They offer no educational training to develop employee skills, software programs are old antiquated versions of Microsoft office, they are too cheap to spend money to update computers and software, or provide training. They rarely offer raises you will leave the company earning the same amount as you did when you started plus you are now less marketable as an employee because you haven't learned anything new.
Pros
Free coffee
Cons
no Breaks, impossible to get out for lunch, you order lunch from the same 5 low quality restaurants, the food is delivered hours or more before you want to eat, and you must eat in the building.
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Don't get sucked in by the pay rate
Product Development Manager (Former Employee) –  Wilton, CTAugust 18, 2016
if you like 60 hour weeks, demeaning bosses who publicly berate you, antiquated redundant systems, and zero opportunity for growth, this is the place for you. Hours are set, company wide, 8am to 6pm, 30 minute lunch. Someone else said it- a well-paid prison sentence.
Pros
you can wear shorts and tank tops to work?
Cons
long hours, terrible work culture
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It was like a well paid prison sentence.
Customer Marketing (Former Employee) –  Norwalk, CTApril 6, 2016
They make great toys and they are very difficult to work for.

It was fun at first but it didnt last long. It gets old fast- they are extremely regimented and you get a catered lunch every day- but they take it out of your paycheck! You're being watched. There are multiple cameras on you from all angles. It's pretty mind-messing environment. Many who left before me were severely damaged by the environment. They watch you with cameras- they monitor your phone calls- you cannot have any cell phones and if they catch you- and they've got cameras on you- they threaten you. So god forbid something real life happens like you get a call from your child's school nurse. The owners- private company- completely crazy egomaniacs. Owner talks to staff with bullhorn.
Pros
Karaoke
Cons
Prison environment, cameras monitoring your every move, tyrannical senior management with bad temper
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fun place to work
packer (Former Employee) –  Jamesburg, NJJanuary 13, 2016
Nice place to work. management is very professional and very motivational. work environment is good. hardest part is the unexpected overtime. this due to lot of work sometimes. nothing to complain about this company
Pros
fun environment to work
Cons
poor benefits
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It was fun in the beginning...
Natinal Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Wilton, CTDecember 30, 2015
As the title says, it was fun in the beginning. Then it became a what have you done for me lately attitude. Not much company loyalty unless you've been there for over 8-9 years. The interviewing process was one of the most trying processes I have yet to go through.
Pros
Salary was very good
Cons
short lunch, too many hours required to sit in one place, health coverage not so good
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Dont even waste your time!
International Sales Person (Former Employee) –  ManhattanOctober 21, 2015
If you want to be glued to your chair not able to go to the restroom and have a lausy 30min break after talking on the phone and being watched all day long , you are more than welcome to work there.
Honesly no metter how good the salary is I would not recomend anybody to work there
Pros
Discount on toys
Cons
This space is not large enough to put all the cons in
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Easy going work place with cross training opportunity.
Inventory (Current Employee) –  Tracy, CAAugust 11, 2015
Honestly not the best work place if you are looking for growth with the company. Hired with an agency, so you don't get benefits and minimum wage pay with no opportunity to get a raise.
Pros
Cross training, business hours
Cons
Hired through agency, no good benefits, minimum wage
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Little Care if any of the employees overall happiness
Toy Designer & Illustrator (Current Employee) –  Wilton, CTJuly 29, 2015
They treat the employees like children that are poorly behaved. Keeping them on camera from all angles. Their management is based on keeping everyone afraid at any means. They threaten people's jobs regularly if you do not meet the high standards they expect of everyone.
Pros
discount on toys
Cons
half hour lunch, 8:00-6:00 hours, poor healthcare and dental, questions are frowned upon.
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The owners should be in jail
International Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Wilton, CTJuly 28, 2015
Degrading and demeaning hiring tactics such as making potentials sing karaoke. You will also most likely spend at least 2-3 full days testing and filling out forms while people intentionally come up behind you screaming in your ears trying to distract you.

Once hired you will be paid peanuts while working in a cramped environment with no chance of advancement or hope for the future.

They are seeking extremely desperate people they can manipulate and tear down. Imagine a couple of pimps working together and hanging around low income neighborhood elementary schools and you're on the right track.
Pros
Office location
Cons
Concentration camp mentality, Toy products which would appeal to kids in the roaring 20s. Too much more to list.
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always active and awesome co workers
shipping and receiving (Former Employee) –  mountain houseJune 29, 2015
learned how to become more responsible and learned how to enjoy work with everyone around me
hardest part but the funnest is shipping unloading the trucks with boxes competing with the other trying to finish the job quick for break
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Relaxed, casual work enviornment
Export/International Sales Support (Current Employee) –  Wilton, CTJune 10, 2015
Hours are long, 8-6, with half hour lunches. No dress code, and business is fairly informal. Everyone that works there is very nice.
Pros
Laid Back
Cons
Hours, Pay
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picking orders to shipping (Former Employee) –  Tracy, CAJanuary 21, 2015
My past work history has been light industrial warehouse work. I performed various jobs from picking orders to shipping to various stores. We had tree volleyball for us to have fun at the warehouse.
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Recruitment... get your act together.
Applicant (Former Employee) –  Not YetDecember 10, 2014
I Have spoken with a number of more than qualified applicants to to this company and they all say the same thing... "They never get back to you." If your company is up to date and somewhere close to being professional, it is currently common place to get back to all applicants in a timely fashion. Even a month removed removed would still be considered professional. At Melissa and Doug though, they don't mind posting a job and then only responding to one or two potential candidates. Bad form.
Pros
Toys.
Cons
Immature business structure
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A horror show...
Illustrator (Former Employee) –  Norwalk ctMarch 30, 2014
This company is a gulag, a nightmare of penny pinching with little respect offered to the many talented, under payed artists. Oddly enough management does well by exploiting creatives and most of the toy line offered here is a bit dated, still advertising helps with that aspect. Fairly aggressive branding etc. but are wood block toys really still the rage? Other items are offered too but this place is a modern day version of NYC's Triangle Factory.
Pros
They have a bathroom and let you have a break every third day.
Cons
All cons... Run!
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Comment – May 21, 2017

I've heard from several people this joint is a Horror Show, don't even consider it, you're never that desperate.

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Stable growing company with laidback environment
Quality Control Inspector (Current Employee) –  Cranbury, NJMarch 22, 2014
A very stable company with a good work environment. Everyone has excellent work ethics which promotes an honest nice place to work.
Pros
My position is left to my own control with little supervision.
Cons
My home is in Aiken, SC and this job is in Cranbury, Nj.
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Fun, chaotic environment with extremely long days
Customer Relations/Sales Support (Current Employee) –  Wilton, CTSeptember 9, 2013
I have learned how to complete several different tasks, along with managing relationships with consumers and customers. The hardest part of the job is the long hours and the knowledge that there is no room for growth within the company. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people you work with day after day.
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