LeapFrog Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Wonderful mission, wonderful people, lost leadership

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 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
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  5. Loved Leapfrog, sad to leave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LeapFrog

    Pros

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

    Cons

    none. none. none. none. none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote more from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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.

  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Not family friendly, terrible middle management

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    Former Employee - Assistant Producer
    Former Employee - Assistant Producer

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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
  11. 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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