LeapFrog Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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LeapFrog CEO John Barbour
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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. Helpful (3)

    Great company, need to lose some top management

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    Current Employee - Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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 (1)

    time well spent

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging and diverse product line

    Cons

    lack of vision at times from senior management


  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees and the products. Everyone loved working on toys or fun applications to teach reading, writing, spelling, simple math.

    Cons

    A very low-cost product was always demanded, to keep products profitable. example: flash memory. they would search out flash memory that had been discontinued because it was cheap. however, if you buy the last million flash modules of some type and the product is a success such that you need to buy another million, it's likely to be very hard to find and nearly as expensive as the current flash that you previously decided not to use. Now there's a scramble to find a way that the code can detect and use different types of flash at boot time. multiply this by multiple touch-screen vendors, sram vendors, etc. trying to accommodate ad-hoc hardware combinations and get them all tested a week before intro is a recipe for disaster. they have real trouble attracting and keeping talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Marketing needs to do a better job of figuring out what new and/or refreshed products we're going to build for back-to-school time, holiday time, WAY BEFORE July!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Producer

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    Former Employee - Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented friendly people who really want to make a great product for kids.

    Cons

    Executive Team that specializes in toys have little to no software experience.

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of all of the current employees before you turn out the lights.


  6. Creative Services

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time

    Pros

    The working staff are trying so hard to maintain a family environment and participate in the madness

    Cons

    Upper Management is out of touch with reality, has mid-management that has not clue how to communicate or play favorites with contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your middle management and a new sr, directors that has no clue how to manage people or processes in a large retail environment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Longtime employee

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    Current Employee - Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic products, inspiring mission, and great CEO with a lot of passion -- really cares about the people and the company.

    Cons

    Toy business has significant ups and downs (and company tends to be reactionary), CEO's passion, vision and perspective often don't seem to be reflected by upper management, lots of late decisions and churn.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify path forward, maintain long-term vision, and make sure upper management is really all aligned with that vision.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Horrible and harassing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ETL Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - ETL Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beggars work in this place. It looked like the director had gotten every guy from his village to board a bus, packed some d abbas and had just landed there. They laugh at women who work there and harass them. I was a victim of that.. I just didn't have enough material to sue.. oops..is this the pro section

    Cons

    Oh my...what can I say

    Advice to Management

    file for bankruptcy and vacate


  9. Helpful (5)

    Very strong brand with a great mission but major issues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time

    Pros

    Strong brand with a great company mission and passionate employees that truly care about children and education. Products are high quality and consumers love the brand.

    Cons

    Weak management in that they are old fashioned, boys club rooted in toy industry. They don't believe in long-term planning (as in more than 6 months of planning!) and they don't trust their employees. Unfortunately the company has had a volatile history that is embedded in it's DNA and year after year the board has not been able to put a strong management team in place.


  10. Helpful (6)

    No strategy at the top

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic people, there is a real bond and caring for others. Great mission and true belief and support of Learning Team. Decent hours if you can set boundaries.

    Cons

    It's a total mess from a strategy and decision making perspective and everything is micromanaged through the very top by a boys club that is out of their element. The execs are too scared to admit they don't have a handle on the quick moving tech space or how to monetize their content outside of their shriveling ecosystem. The worker bees are pretty good but no one under the C-level is empowered to do anything - leaving VPs and Directors to waste tons of energy just guessing what the C-level wants rather that moving the ball forward themselves. When things go wrong, the C-level points fingers downward and never accepts any blame for the decisions they themselves made - that's shameful behavior. You have a lot of smart people very, very frustrated because they can't do their jobs and from the looks of LinkedIn activity, those folks are looking to jump ship immediately. The brand is being run into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Admit you are out of your element and empower current talent or hire-in fresh blood to create and execute a turnaround strategy. The world has changed quickly and running this company like a traditional physical toy company won't work if the biggest asset you have truly is digital content.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Old, unimaginative, and way to corporate for their size

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people who are truly trying to help. Good benefits. I believe they care about employees, on paper anyways.

    Cons

    Management tries to do what's best, but between being a public company and taking it from behind from retailers, they miss the mark. No chance for bonuses or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. You keep trying the same thing over and over. It worked once and you just keep trying to do it again. You can't!



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