LeapFrog Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Pros
  • It's definitely a great brand to work for, and has a stellar reputation, and dedicated employees (in 14 reviews)

  • Dedicated, talented people working hard (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management doesn't know what's going on and their decisions reflect their lack of insight (in 17 reviews)

  • Lots of swirl with upper management (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Great company, need to lose some top management

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    Current Employee - Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and really smart people

    Cons

    Second tier management needs to lose some key people who are at odds with the times. CEO is not bad; he's passionate and fun to work with, but some of his co-execs are keeping the company from succeeding.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times - hire new execs with new ideas, from the new tech world.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Recent problems, great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The mission of educating children though it's products is noble and very gratifying. I found the workplace to be an incredibly friendly place; rewarding; challenging; and family-friendly. People stay at LeapFrog for years. There has to be a reason for that.

    Cons

    Is LeapFrog a toy company? A tech company? The company itself doesn't seem to know. A lot of time and energy (and money) are wasted trying to figure that out. In the end, the company is a follower and not a leader.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust budgets/time to allow for true innovation. Go "all in" on ideas, and don't let them get watered down in committee culture.


  3. Helpful (1)

    A lot to love

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are energetic, intelligent, creative, kind.

    Cons

    Leadership is a bit disconnected from boots on the ground. Executive team is all men.

    Advice to Management

    Listen.


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  5. Great Internship!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Production Intern in Emeryville, CA
    Former Intern - Production Intern in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at LeapFrog as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This was a helpful introduction to production in an industry I am interested in.

    Cons

    Many of the hard skills related to proprietary software and they were not very transferrable.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the ideas of interns! I had a bunch of ideas when I was an intern that later hit the market for companies like Mattel. These were ideas like creating physical toys to play on iPad screens or creating a plushy smart case to house iPad, which comes with a companion app for that plushy. Don't write off the ideas of interns because they are new to the industry. They have insight that tenured employees will remain oblivious to.


  6. Overall a great experience

    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at LeapFrog as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Passionate people, relaxed but motivated environment, smart people. Overall it was a fun place to intern. Got to work on a prototype with other interns from other departments, as well as projects for internal software development

    Cons

    Nothing too much here. Most people have been at LeapFrog for a very long time. While that shows the company takes care of their employees, it isn't the optimal place to find other young developers out of college.


  7. Senior Producer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Emeryville, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creative company, motivated by learning goals

    Cons

    High volume production on tight timelines, not a lot of diversity in product line so not as competitive in industry


  8. Fun company, great products, hard work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting, highly collaborative environment with passionate and talented people. Strong corporate mission of helping children achieve their potential. Individuals at all levels can have a strong, direct impact on the business.

    Cons

    Employees are often overwhelmed with the number of priorities placed on them. Company is expected to outperform itself year after year, even in a volatile industry, which leads to a tendency to try to do too much with very few resources (skeleton staffs, low budgets).


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great products and talented people with diverse background and expertise

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - There are talented and motivated people cross all departments
    - Friendly, open, and cooperative culture (in general)
    - The products are amazing
    - If treated properly, could become an even stronger company that others cannot easily replicate

    Cons

    - Overly aggressive development schedules increase the risk and potentially lower the quality of the products
    - Management is too focused on marketing instead of quality of the products

    Advice to Management

    - Senior management need pay attention to overall direction instead of implementation details. Mid and lower management need to be empowered to figure out the best way to reach the overall goal.
    - Encourage individual creativity. Avoid micro-managing.
    - Promote cooperative and entrepreneurial culture.
    - Work on attracting and retaining talented people.


  10. good company, smart people, and great products to be proud of

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Emeryville, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    friendly and comfortable working environment, smart and hard-working people, and great products that align with personal values

    Cons

    if the company is going through transition, be expecting chaos

    Advice to Management

    please respect the people that make things happen


  11. A company with heart

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Emeryville, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated, talented people working hard
    The products work, children benefit from them and enjoy them
    All teams are highly cross-functional, you'll get to understand a lot about how other people do their job.
    Pleasant work environment with a supportive culture.
    Bay Area location

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs have led to a somewhat depressed culture only now bouncing back
    Typical disconnect between upper level and lower.

    Advice to Management

    People are getting overworkerd. Hire more low-level people.
    Spend more on R&D
    FIgure out a robust web structure that is a place for moms as well as kids



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