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Would be a great place to work if not for overly emotional managers

Accounting (Current Employee) Emeryville, CA

ProsLeapFrog is a company with an incredible mission - helping children achieve their potential. We make a difference in children's lives everyday!

The flexible working environment allows me to take care of personal commitments and still hold a professional full time job.

The company has gone through an incredible transformation and is profitable after losing money for several years.

The new CEO has a big heart and does a great job instilling confidence and recognizing the teams that work hard behind the scenes.

Our products rock! We consistently win accolades from the most respected toy industry associations

The ESPP is great. It's helped defray some of the compensation gaps.

ConsThe compensation and benefits are not up to par with other companies in the area.

We need better prioritization and focus - we have about 15 "big eggs" which makes it difficult to know which are the most important.

The Company openly talks about the challenges and what needs to get done, but it's hard to see whether we are making any progress against the key initiatives.

Cross team collaboration is discouraged, instead we are focused on discrediting HR, Legal and other parts of finance to ensure the accounting team looks good. I've been encouraged to cover up mistakes, which i feel horrible about, but not doing so would have put my job at risk. This behavior would not be tolerated at any other companies.

There is a veil of secrecy with respect to getting things done. Far too often there are too many closed-door meetings through out the entire organization. While business has improved, there is a sense of paranoia that there will be more layoffs once growth slows.

The lack leadership and maturity in the Controller's team. Incredible mood swings, different personas when CEO/CFO are present, openly complaining about senior management, and fostering a confrontational relationship with the groups we interact with the most makes it challenging to align as part of her team.

The morale of our team is deteriorating quickly. Our new CFO hasn't reached out to get to know anyone on the finance/accounting team other than a few select people.

It's unclear what our team strategies are and where we are headed. At most meetings where my VP is present she is completely silent. Instead, leads in Supply Chain and IT drive most of the decisions. If there is input from Accounting, it always comes from one of the accounting managers.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease help with setting a manageable number of priorities.

We also need to do a better job tracking progress of how we are accomplishing our goals.

Take a very close look at the ranks below the most senior executive team. Some functional key leaders were placed in critical roles a few years back. It's time we recognize that they are in over their heads. If we want to become truly world class we need to make additional personnel changes quickly.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Too much drama; too much of "an old boys club

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros: - products are fantastic and are impactful. My children have benefitted from these first hand. - people are generally positive and aligned with the mission. -… Cons: - Senior management. The CEO initially re-energized the company when he came in nearly 2 years ago, but the masses are becoming tired with… Advice to Senior Management: - Hire based on qualifications, not personal relationships. This is true for both fulltime employees and consultants. We continue to bleed money paying… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    A company with heart

    Associate Producer (Former Employee) Emeryville, CA

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: Dedicated, talented people working hard The products work, children benefit from them and enjoy them All teams are highly cross-functional, you'll… Cons: Lots of layoffs have led to a somewhat depressed culture… Advice to Senior Management: People are getting overworkerd. Hire more low-level people. Spend more on R&D FIgure out… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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