LeapFrog Reviews in Emeryville, CA

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
98 Reviews
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Pros
  • It's definitely a great brand to work for, and has a stellar reputation, and dedicated employees (in 12 reviews)

  • Leapfrog it's a medium sized company with talented people which really love what they do (in 8 reviews)


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

  • Upper management does not seem to know what is going on in the trenches (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 an 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.

  2.  

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    No leadership in IT, no team work & Leaders are busy to secure their jobs

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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Making Educational toys and helping kids is pride

    Cons

    No team work, one man show and no career growth, bad work environment in IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Mixed, Depends on the department.

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

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time

    Pros

    A lot of nice, talented people. Great building/environment/location, Great HR department. Inspiring CEO. Wonderful products.

    Cons

    Lack of resources. In several areas of the company, there are checked out middle managers. Workloads extremely heavy for product marketing managers and creative marketing team due to budget constraints and inefficient allocation of resources. The workload is not sustainable and creates way too much stress even for the most talented and dedicated team players.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes you need to be lean and the company is in turnaround and everyone needs to contribute, but you should require your middle managers to engage with their staff, listen to their teams in the trenches and be watchful of the "YES" managers who are afraid to speak their mind with senior leaders. Require managers to position their best for success, support them, help them grow and get rid of those who are not contributing. Do not stand by while people are working 12 - 15 hour days and through lunch hours for months on end.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very political and unhealthy environment

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    In the summer they close Emeryville office at 2pm. OK benefits. Good location

    Cons

    Very political environment. Bias incompetent management who are dismissive of new ideas and improvement. Not innovative. Senior Management lacks vision. Systems are really old and defective and NO documentation or processes for business anywhere. Every department is short staffed, so people work long hours of overtime. Management do not value employee's life.
    During the interview - they will promise you the world. Do not expect to get trained on anything. If you ask questions, Managements gets very defensive.
    If you take your job seriously, value accuracy, try to be efficient and good at it and try to change the unhealthy environment around you - there will be resistance. Lots of self inflated old-timers who lacks technical or theoretical knowledge and do NOT like change.
    Managers never take responsibility for anything and not afraid to let employees know that they are all disposable. Do not expect to get promoted within -

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the self inflated middle managers and bring in new blood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun company, great products, hard work

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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

    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).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    In it for the long haul

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Passionate people at the office.

    Cons

    Not following through with processes make extra work for everyone.

    Some favoritism does come into play.

    Most employees have old computers/laptops and they spend more time getting it fixed than productiveness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward some of the hard working longtime employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company culture

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Children oriented, good products on tablets

    Cons

    No improvement in culture, process or planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Always something new, great support, fun place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    The mission is solid. We are helping children reach their potential. I see it every day.
    I work with a fantastic team of committed, fun, easy-going people. I laugh every day.
    My manager respects a healthy work-life balance.
    Our newish (2 yrs) CEO is top notch, best I've seen in my time here.
    Process is king.

    Cons

    There are some frustrations like not getting approval on a project but still having to work on it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, poor management.

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

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

    Pros

    I worked with some of the smartest and savviest people in the Bay Area when I worked at "the frog" from 2000-2003. I was on the product development team and learned a tremendous amount from my peers and managers.

    Cons

    At the time, management had unrealistic schedules and deadlines. The pay was terrible, too. I hope that these things have changed since my time there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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