EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- FORTUNE announced today that Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT), the world's largest toy company, has been ranked #78 on the 13th annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. The full list and related stories appear in the Feb. 8 issue of FORTUNE, available on newsstands on Monday, January 25, and now at fortune.com/bestcompanies. This is the third consecutive year Mattel has been named to the list.

FORTUNE Deputy Managing Editor Hank Gilman says, "The most important considerations for this year's list were hiring and the ways in which companies are helping their employees weather the recession. All 100 companies on our list are currently hiring, many of them aggressively, leading to more than 96,000 open job positions expected in the next year."

"During what was a challenging year for businesses in every industry, we are extremely proud to once again be named among such an esteemed group of companies," said Alan Kaye, senior vice president of human resources at Mattel. "We are honored to have received this award for the third consecutive year, and must thank our employees, whose creativity, passion and commitment are what keep Mattel among the best year after year."

Mattel offers a world-class work/life environment with competitive salaries and outstanding benefits for employees and their families. Reflecting its focus on families and children, Mattel provides a range of special benefits to its employees, including half-day Fridays, career and professional development, new baby welcome gifts, adoption assistance, toy discounts, free tickets to local events, educational assistance and on-site childcare at certain locations.

To pick the 100 Best Companies, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the Institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management's credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the Institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity.

About FORTUNE:

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About Mattel:

Mattel, Inc., (NASDAQ: MAT) (www.mattel.com) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie(R), the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels(R), Matchbox(R), American Girl(R), Radica(R) and Tyco R/C(R), as well as Fisher-Price(R) brands, including Little People(R), Power Wheels(R) and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2009, Mattel was recognized among the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies." In 2010, for the third year in a row, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 29,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Mattel's vision is to be the world's premier toy brands--today and tomorrow.

To learn more about careers at Mattel, go to: http://www.mattel.com/careers

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