LeapFrog Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great mission, great people, difficult processes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The mission is something easy to get behind (helping kids reach their potential)

    Lots of churn = learning a lot

    Cons

    Processes in most areas of the company don't make sense, it is hard to get anything done.

    Management is penny wise and pound foolish.

  2. Helpful (7)

    Best to Leap Away

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Helpful (3)

    Fix it or lose it

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    • Senior Management
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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 (more than 8 years)

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

    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.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Wonderful mission, wonderful people, lost leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Have you ever wanted to work at a company where everyone was super nice? Genuinely so? LeapFrog is the 7th company I've worked at and is definitely the nicest place to be. Everyone is there for the mission and really cares about 'doing right' by the company. It's full of amazingly talented people who are passionate about the products we make. The collaboration is fantastic, as is the creativity and energy.

    Cons

    The current leadership doesn't know where to take the company and doesn't look forward beyond the current year. This is debilitating for a company that used to be known for innovation and leadership in children's educational products. They are from retail, not product development. They are mismanaging the company and slowly eroding the brand's equity. The company needs innovative, strategic thinkers, like the previous management team, led by Jeff Katz.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond the current fiscal year and think about developing a 3 year plan, along with a corresponding investment plan to deliver. This isn't a retail company, where you can source product from others. We develop our own product - or at least we used to.

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Loved Leapfrog, sad to leave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LeapFrog

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    awesome people, smart, talented dedicated and kind. Exciting and meaningful products

    Cons

    none. none. none. none. none.

    Advice to Management

    promote more from within.

  8. 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.

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented, creative, and dedicated employees.

    Cons

    No room for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities for growth and upward mobility or risk high turnover

  10. Helpful (4)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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)

  11. Helpful (4)

    Not family friendly, terrible middle management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Producer
    Former Employee - Assistant Producer

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    you get to make kids toys

    Cons

    work/life balance awful, quality of products degraded rapidly once company went public, middle managers are awful, great creative people treated poorly--so there's a lot of turnover.

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