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Updated 16 July 2018
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Mattel Chief Executive Officer Ynon Kreiz
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  • "It was hard to keep work life balance at this time" (in 30 reviews)

  • "Disorganized upper management with no coherent strategy" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mattel part-time

    Pros

    Lovely staff
    Good training
    Full day shifts

    Cons

    Minimum wage for u21
    Only day shifts


  2. "Sales Support Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Sales Support Coordinator in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Sales Support Coordinator in Maidenhead, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Early finish Fridays, some freebies, lots of fun & laughter at work, good people

    Cons

    Dreadful management, clicky culture, difficult to implement changes

  3. "Felt like a number in the end. Good perks but felt under valued"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun product, Healthcare Pension

    Cons

    Seems OK at the top but outside of US you are ultimately a number


  4. "Customer Service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment; international people

    Cons

    Very slow decision making process, no transparent communication


  5. "Great place - always evolving"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A collaborative and positive environment to work in, with some highly talented and experienced colleagues to work alongside. Lots of benefits and career development.

    Cons

    sometimes slow at rolling out communication

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication easy and fast flowing


  6. "Fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, fun brands, lots of toys everywhere, they are comitted to keep good work-life balance though sometimes you need to work long hours, engaged in charity

    Cons

    Unclear rules of promotion, constant organisational changes, leadership is not very motivating


  7. "National Accounts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, global brands, training

    Cons

    Long decision making process, heavy admin

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lacks strategy and direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits (if you are VP and above)
    Good dividend
    There is still a lot of company loyalty (career-Mattel & Fisher Pricers)

    Cons

    Matrix structure so no bosses or decisions yet lots of people who think they're are the boss
    Too many meetings with no defined output
    Toy companies are a dying breed, as digital and screens take over, Mattel needs to reinvent itself

    Advice to Management

    Partner or invest with dynamic start-ups with relatable brands or tech offerings; the new female CEO, do a "back to the floor" exercise asking staff what they think needs improving. Reduce the staff numbers especially in Europe. Try and get bought by a bigger company.


  9. "Fully recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Young, vibrant culture
    Half day fridays

    Cons

    Hard work
    Very demanding around Q4


  10. "Great People, a little behind...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mattel full-time

    Pros

    Great people, teams and products. Some good benefits including half day Fridays!

    Cons

    The decisions are so slow and the "stick to what you know" approach is adhered to.....rigorously.

    Advice to Management

    Give a little more trust to employees. Have some faith


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