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It was a childhood dream to work at Mattel. I was lucky enough to work there for nearly 10 years. I loved mostly everything about the company. Mattel understands work-life balance and gave us half day Fridays all year long. The pay was competitive and the benefits were great. Im trying to get hired there again now.

Pros

half day Fridays

Cons

Layoffs
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Family oriented; Great people; poor leadership

The product was fun. The people were fun. The process was not fun. There was a lack of decision and leadership at the upper levels. They offered a lot of holidays which was nice for families. Compensation was good.

Pros

GREAT people!; family oriented; fun product.

Cons

Poor leadership
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Great company

Mattel really takes care of their employees. They offer a lot of high quality benefits, lots of vacation time. The company culture is very rich; there are many internal corporate events and people are very, very friendly to each other.
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30+ creatives beware!

Girl creative management does not value more senior (older creative employees, with a wealth of experience and proven, consistent talent). If you are not moving up, they will eventually want you to move on and out. If you do not, often they make the work environment very unbearable and undesirable so you will leave on your own accord possibly by slowly making you go mad. Examples, such as by reducing your work space office over time, removing benefits and work perks, and having you reporting to managers that once reported to you. Smiling and stroking your ego all the way. Also forget about leaving for maternity leave. Often women would come back to a work structure in which they lost seniority for no other apparent reason except they were gone having a baby, and someone else seized on their job. It would feel like starting over for many, and many strides backwards for women in terms of developing their creative careers when having a baby, or starting a family. However, flip side, if you are a young talented emotionally mature person (no kids) just out of school with an underdog story and come from a diverse background, Mattel is great for you. You must be savvy at creative social media and willing to promote the company. Don't get me wrong, It is a great place for you to gain experience, meet great hardworking people and peers, but beware of senior management!! do work to then move up with them (work to get promoted), or on (different department), or out (leave company), before they view you as obsolete or stagnant in any aspect of your life there. Which, can take - 
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Overall a great place to work

Very corporate and bureaucratic and people work in silos. It can take a long time to get things accomplished and approved. Overall a great work environment though with great benefits.
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Great Company in a declining industry

Loved working for Mattel, but long term could be an issue with living in LA and with how poor the company has done financially in recent years. If they can get back on track, they will be an amazing company to work for yet again.

Pros

Young group, 401K match, 1/2 day Fridays

Cons

Location for longterm living, Company's financial status
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Great Company

Overall, this is a great to work for, and a majority of the people are really nice and about teamwork. Really great benefits - outside of salary and healthcare - with lots of onsite amenities and volunteering is encouraged. Tough culture from some members of management,
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Fun place to work

I was in the Design Center which is different than the corporate office. Although the benefits are the same in the Design Center it has more of the bells and whistles of toy making and design
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Great opportunities to work with exciting licensed accounts

Coworkers are great, but the culture is not very fun or sound. It's not a very creative environment. Managers stifle creativity and limit the growth of their underlings by acting oppressively, writing rebuking emails, manipulating communications (leaving people out of the email loops), not sharing information, and not giving opportunities to expand or advance their career, to protect their own position.

Pros

Half-day Fridays, Good benefits, Exciting products

Cons

Self-seeking, manipulative game players as Managers
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Great place to work, however too much turn-over at CEO level.

My overall review for Mattel is positive because the attract bright and talented individuals to the Company. I enjoyed my time at Mattel, until I was laid-off in 2009, due to Company Mis-management. Turn-over is a problem, especially with the longer tenured employees, due to their higher salaries & benefits.

Pros

Great facilities & working conditions

Cons

Very political organization
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A Great Place To Work

My 5+ years at Mattel, were amazing. They really care about their employees and offer an exceptional work environment and good benefits. The last couple of years that I was there were rough for the company and ultimately layoffs happened due to restructuring. I continue to support and highly recommend the company. Wold definitely return if the opportunity arose.
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many hours but good benefits

In the design department the emphasis in the last few years has shifted from making great product to making any product, but getting it out on time and meeting costs. Many very productive designers have been laid off recently breeding insecurity and a "just keep your head down and do your job" mentality instead of an inspired attitude of making the best toy possible. Thus less chances are taken, costs rise, and product becomes just ordinary, leading to Mattel's current decline. Top management, none of whom have much toy background, do not understand this, and do not understand how best to manage creative staff. It's run by quants and business school people and not by toy people.

Pros

benefits, salaries are good

Cons

they lay you off as soon as you finally make a decent salary
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N/a

Fast paced and competitive, always room for advancement. Benefits are great, upper management is always helpful. Great perks such as gym, basketball courts.
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Product driven sales and competition

Company is going through revenue issues so there is a high turnover of management. It is a fun, creative environment and lots of diversity activities. It is a competitive environment and retail sales driven.

Pros

Employee perks

Cons

Salary and HighTurnover of Management
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Fun place to work for.

Pretty easy and fun place to work at with all the toys around. Annual picnic is fun since you get free food and just get to see al the fun games and cars they have placed outside for employees. Some days can be slow with not much to do but then come the holiday specials and the place gets packed.
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Enjoy helping customers on their needs in the sales flloor

Applying my wide experiences in customer service in the sales floor that the customers are enjoying stores products are in good price and we the workers informs them of good deals.

Pros

free foods

Cons

seasonal
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Low morale in recent years

Mattel has always been a tough place to work and it has always had that reputation. BUT people wanted to work there for the amount of experience you got and what it would look like on a resume. Politics are a bit out of control. Putting your head down and doing an amazing job isn't enough. You do need to play the games. Benefits are amazing, pay is ok, and some really smart people there.
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Productive and fun place to work

Very fast-paced environment and stressful at times, but also fun. Great experience working with very talented, creative individuals. Depending on the group, great opportunity to advance professionally.

Pros

Excellent benefits

Cons

Salary positions were converted to hourly thus losing some perks
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Good starter job

Great management, good work environment, excellent opportunity for advancement good training and policies for work, we were provided with tools and documents to perform the job efficiently.

Pros

Good benefits

Cons

Temporary Job- I don't like video game
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Great Cafeteria Food on site

Excellent management. HR is fair and confidential. Very generous company to work for with 5 hour weekdays on Fridays. Daycare subsidized on site. Toy Store on site.

Pros

Great Benefits and Pay

Cons

Too far away from where I relocated to.
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Excellent work environment with lots of growth opportunity

Plenty of work to do which was interesting because of the product - toys. Great workplace environment. Excellent benefits and compensation. Several opportunities to move to different departments. Wonderful H.R. department.

Pros

Great daycare center for babies to kindergarten age.

Cons

Long commute
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