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So much potential, but cannot get past the poor leadership and broken culture

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

I have been working at LeapFrog full-time

Pros

- Great brand, great products. Truly proud of the impact we make on childrens lives
- Pockets of talent and great teamwork at lower levels in the company
- Office space is open and conducive to creativity

Cons

- Leadership is lacking. The CEO is involved in every minor decision, rendering the VPs, Directors, and Managers completely powerless and ineffective. Decisions are made in a vacuum with no respect for the data delivered as part of the process. As a result, decisions are rarely permanent - direction changes daily, leaving the talented hard-working design and engineering teams left to scramble to meet deadlines.
- LeapFrog is losing talent by the day, all of the good ones have left or are at least in the process of leaving. HR and Sr Leadership do nothing to keep talent.
- While the company was founded on innovations in kids learning products, there is no longer a culture of innovation. Management does not support internal innovation, and are not willing to take risks to put new ideas into the market. Do not be fooled - the team responsible for coming up with and executing the LeapPad is no longer at LeapFrog...they have been chased out by the new CEO.
- The talented, hard- working people in the company are not respected, rewarded, or recognized. Marketing is King, but the Marketing leadership is extremely weak.
- Silos rule the office. Information and ideas do not flow between cross fuctional team members, there are big walls up.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The VP level needs to be flushed and replaced with strong, talented leaders who understand product development. The Dictatorial culture must be replaced with real cross-functional reviews that are not just marketing pitches, to give the company the best chance at making smart decisions. And please, try to keep the talent that has not left yet - treat your employees like you value them.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Improvements being made but still need more employee focus

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Brand is very good. Can be proud of product that we develop. Most people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Huge imbalances in work between functional groups and even within groups. Senior management does not seem to be focused on changing that. Often people rewarded or promoted when work effort/accomplishments do not support it. Other show great effort and work very hard to make improvements and are not acknowledged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees. Reward those people driving for improvement and working collaboratively. Make the hard calls and decisions when employees are not.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Inconsistent management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Good product line
    Great co-workers
    Fair compensation

    Cons

    Bad senior management - revolving door of executives, each bringing their own style and changes which causes continual churn
    Lack of consistency
    Lack of work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and don't view them as disposable. Set clear goals and objectives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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