LeapFrog Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
99 Reviews
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99 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great products, innovative content, no room to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Audio Lead in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Audio Lead 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
  2.  

    Fun brand but lots of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The brand is great. There are lots of fun aspects to this brand that make my job fun like working with fun licensors like disney and nick and being involved with creative and imaginative ideas.

    Cons

    Lots of swirl with upper management. There is a high turn over with higher ups, and each time a new person comes in, there is a complete re-do of processes and decisions that cause chaos in the workplace. Sometimes, the process comes around full circle to where we were, but it takes a

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it would be good to empower the team more to make decisions.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great company with a lot of smart people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Really great content for kids, lots of very intelligent people on the content side. People really care about what they're doing here; the reviews that say it's not a great place to be if you're interested in career advancement aren't accurate with regards to anything outside of IT.

    Cons

    A little top heavy, structurally. Lots of executive oversight. Departments don't always know what other departments are doing; a more collaborative environment would be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more collaborative process between departments would be more beneficial to the company. Most departments have no idea what most other departments even do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't be fooled - horrible place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time

    Pros

    Strong consumer-facing brand, they take their commitment to education seriously, a lot of nice co-workers

    Cons

    Horrendous work culture. Incredibly inefficient. Most of the Marketing team ends up spinning their wheels making beautiful PowerPoint presentations for internal management and no one is empowered to have any decision-making authority. They need to hire a slew of recent college grads to be marketing coordinators but instead keep hiring at the top. Despite being a children's toy company, they offer absolutely no work/life balance for working parents. You don't see recent MBAs from Stanford or Haas because LeapFrog has a horrible reputation at those schools from recruiting perspective, and rightly so. There are almost no advancement opportunities and management only promotes when they are backed into a corner for political reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a great place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LeapFrog

    Pros

    fun, energetic, and decent salary

    Cons

    disorganized, highly political and chaotic

  8.  

    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
  9. 3 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

    You may review to see what's happening in IT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed, Depends on the department.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very political and unhealthy environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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