LeapFrog Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Great Internship!

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Some talented people but not in the management

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Learning products are exceptionally well designed. The theories used and meticulous manner used in developing the apps and games cannot be denied.

    Cons

    Management doesn't know what it is doing. They do not see the forest for the trees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics of what made the company what it is...solving educational problems for children. Get away from creating expensive hardware (hint: Apple doesn't even make that much margin off their hardware) and start working on getting the educational content. Stop talking and actually do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    The ship is sinking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Extremely flexible, many smart, hardworking people

    Cons

    Upper management seems to be watching the company implode. Company just went through major RIF. No clear strategy, or plan to turn things around that anyone has any confidence in. Moral is extremely low. Great employees that weren't laid off are leaving in droves. Pay is below market level and benefits are getting worse.
    It's truly unfortunate to watch such an amazing brand and a company that I once loved going to every day falling apart. I wish upper management could see the flaws in their reasoning and implement a plan to get the company back on track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't say "our strategy is the same as last year, we just need to do it better" and expect the team to have confidence in you or the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful

    Best to Leap Away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, relaxed environment, plenty of work/life balance - LeapFrog is a workplace where people are friendly and family oriented so they give you optimal work/life balance to tend to your personal life. If you don't want to advance in your career and want to work 9-5, then this will be the right place for you.

    Cons

    There is a lack of company direction with senior management. LeapFrog has a great foundation in helping a child achieve his/her full potential, but unfortunately management has not helped the company itself and their employees achieve THEIR full potential due to poor business decisions, guidance and structure. Lots of rah rah in meetings and in employee communications but other than that there is a lack of transparency in communicating the key issues a company has to face and how to overcome it. There is no room for advancement nor were there proper pathways communicated to individual contributors on how to grow to the next level. The job seems to be a dead end with no future to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consider re-evaluating their business strategies and direction and give better transparency to their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Fix it or lose it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are great and are super passionate. Different teams have pretty good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No strategy or direction is concerning. Promotions rarely happen and only when necessary to show face.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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.

  8. Great products, innovative content, no room to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Talented, creative, and dedicated employees.

    Cons

    No room for career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for growth and upward mobility or risk high turnover

    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Great Brand name but stay away from this place!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Great brand name
    Summer hours (if you can take advantage of it)

    Cons

    Your job description will be different from the one that you have interviewed
    Low salary
    Horrible management overall (top to bottom)
    All promotions are VERY political
    Lots of finger pointing, especially from lower to upper management
    Backstabbing culture
    Very old technology
    A "Do Nothing" HR department
    Company needs better qualified management teams!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saving a penny here and a penny there, because this will drive engineering cost up (a lot)
    Take action on the list of issues from company meeting
    Needs better product road map (not just developing three variance of the same product)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Decent place overall. Can't complain too much.

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere. It's definitely a great brand to work for, and has a stellar reputation, and dedicated employees. There is excellent creative energy.

    Cons

    Product variation was becoming too narrow, and had a lot of room for improvement. Also, there wasn't as much room for growth as would've been ideal.

  11. Senior Producer

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Emeryville, CA

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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