Jobs for elves—and people who love toys
Now’s your chance to work with Mr. Potato Head, Barbie, LEGO people and other icons of fun.
You know that slightly crazed feeling you had as a kid tearing open your holiday presents to discover the coveted Malibu Barbie Dreamhouse or LEGO Death Star set was finally yours? Well, if you worked for a toy company, you could help supply that thrill to others not just during the holidays, but all year long.
If you fancy yourself an elf, you’re in luck: A few of the top toy companies in the world are currently hiring at multiple locations. Have a look to see if any of them inspire you to go in and play.
Bark & Co.
What they’re famous for: As the name implies, Bark & Co. is all about dogs. The BarkBox, a collection of toys and treats for dogs, is refreshed monthly and sold as a subscription. The company’s focus is “creating a brand for a generation of people who love their dogs like children .... If that means giving belly scratches until we get carpal tunnel or listening to squeaky toys until our ears bleed, that's cool.”
Fun fact: Bark & Co. is so into fun facts about dogs that it publishes them on a part of its website called BarkPost Stories.
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What they’re famous for: Hasbro’s brand has many headliners, including Play-Doh, Mr. Potato Head, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and the Transformers. It also has the rights to the Sesame Street characters, games like Battleship, Jenga and Hungry Hungry Hippos, and past phenomena like Furby, the Weebles, Lazer Tag and the Easy-Bake Oven.
Fun fact: Hasbro was successful for decades as a maker of pencil boxes and zippered pouches for school supplies; its transition to the toy business is traced to World War II, when a customer suggested it make a junior air-raid warden kit.
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What they’re famous for: LeapFrog took off in 1999 with the LeapPad, an education-focused tablet computer—pre-dating the iPad by more than 10 years—that’s tough and user-friendly enough for a toddler to use, and cheap enough for parents not to have a coronary if it’s dropped from a high chair. LeapFrog also makes the LeapTV gaming system and the LeapStart and LeapReader e-book systems.
Fun fact: LeapFrog started out focused on parents, but teachers have widely embraced its products, especially for early childhood education.
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What they’re famous for: The ubiquitous, ridiculously popular bricks can be used by kids of all ages to build just about anything they’ve seen in the world—Yankee Stadium, the Death Star, the U.S. Capitol building—or even things that no one has seen until they’re dreamed up and pieced together by someone singing “Everything Is Awesome.”
Fun fact: LEGO is the world’s largest producer of rubber wheels, outpacing even Goodyear and Bridgestone.
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What they’re famous for: Where to begin? There’s Barbie and Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars. There’s also Thomas the Tank Engine, American Girl dolls, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and a long line of products and action figures tied in with movies like Batman (the 1990s version), Avatar and Toy Story. Mattel also has owned the Fisher-Price collection of toys since 1993.
Fun fact: Mattel initially produced and sold picture frames with leftover wood and plastic scraps used to make dollhouse furniture on the side. The toy side of the business took off in 1946.
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