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LeapFrog Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
104 Reviews
2.6
104 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 14 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)

  • Lots of finger pointing, especially from lower to upper management (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work and maybe heading that way again

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

    I worked at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Between 2000 and 2006, the people I worked with on a daily basis were smart, competent and helpful. Generally, a pleasant environment. People there were focused on having a good time getting the work done. Work schedules were generally flexible.

    Cons

    From 2006 till my departure it seemed like upper management was disconnected. Bloated executive layer. Lack of top-down communication. Managerial churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics. Focus on the company's core strengths -- rich, educational content delivered creatively and effectively, in my humble opinion.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities for hard workers

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

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Small company that has potential for future growth. Products we make are making a difference in peoples lives. Since it's a small company, your work is noticed, for better or for worse.

    Cons

    You can't ever miss a beat, it's fast paced and the company is REALLY depending on you to perform. Many people who have been with the company for a long time seem to have great job security even though their work effort is greatly reduced. It's a marketing company first, engineering company 2nd (maybe 3rd...4th...). Engineering does not receive the recognition and budgeting that it deserves which causes products to have high potential but poor execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to thin out on the under performers and better recognize over achievers, especially outside of the sales and marketing team, the engineering team is where the products come from, yet they never receive company wide recognition for their work, while people who secured a deal with Target seem to be well thanked, remember there would be no deal to make if engineering had not come through.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of progress

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    Current Employee - Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Fun products that help kids learn. Great brand. Fun place to work. Company meetings. Lots of friendly employees who really care about the company.

    Cons

    Over the years I have seen a lot of changes. There's been lots of turnover and some really poor management. Things have got a lot better over the last 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of positive changes in 2011. New leadership has made lots of good changes and should continue to build teamwork across work groups.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good brand; terrible senior management

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

    I worked at LeapFrog

    Pros

    - Fun, creative co-workers. Casual culture
    - Work-life balance
    - Products that make you feel good about your job
    - Decent benefits package
    - One of the few B2C product companies in California
    - New CEO brings in hope for a better future

    Cons

    - Cartel of incompetent senior management: legacy management that needs to be replaced with leaders who can adapt to today's market demands

    - Politics, politics, politics: Many incompetent senior managers/directors just try to hold on to their jobs. They refuse to take responsibility for tasks assigned to them and blame others for failures.

    - Silo-ed culture: no cross-team collaboration. Inflated egos. People refuse to talk to other teams, ending up re-inventing the wheel several times.

    - Has a history of failing to bring great ideas into action

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider restructuring the teams. Nurture collaborative environment. Hire leaders, not managers. Try harder in retaining your best talent. Otherwise, all there will be left would be a bunch of incompetent people who are not employable elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    As an intern, i had a very positive experience working across business units to generate and pitch innovative ideas.

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Intern in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Intern in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Cross-functional work environment; team leaders have an open door policy, and are happy to share their expertise. Strong support from supervisors and colleagues. Knowledge sharing is also strong.

    Cons

    Teams are very protective of their projects, even when changes are needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help teams understand that critical feedback should be welcomed, and that punitive measures will not be the result of risk-taking.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Weak senior management and little recognition for performance

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

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Great brand recognition, and people here are passionate about the products we make. Junior to mid-management people are generally easy to work with and collaborative. For some unknown reason, people are also willing to work crazy hours to make things happen (given there's not much recognition in return).

    Cons

    Senior management, especially the CEO, has a tough time "walking the walk" - they claim certain things are important (brands, values, etc.) but then they turn around and their actions espouse the exact opposite. The CEO is a great salesman but has yet to actually produce the cultural changes he's promised for 7 months...and in general there's not a lot of substance below what he says/promises to employees or our customers.

    There has been a huge employee exodus lately in large part due to frustration with the new CEO and senior management's lack of recognition of hard work and dedication. It's a real shame as we are losing some key people as a result. Certain people have received a lot of recognition, but in general the bulk of the "rank and file" continue to go ignored. Senior management is really weak as well and has little backbone to stand up for their employees...they also have a habit of taking credit for work that is not their own.

    Oh, and benefits here are bad. You'd think in a place that makes kid products that this would be a family-friendly company, but it's quite the opposite - this is a workhorse culture with little work/life balance (or support from sr management for work/life balance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start appreciating what you have in dedicated employees - and recognize their efforts financially and publicly. Stop playing favorites. And stop saying one thing to employees as "lip service" when your actions show the opposite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A bumpy ride, but overall rewarding.

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

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    LeapFrog has great people, and the relationships built here can be fantastic. Also, LeapFrog makes top notch products that truly help children learn. Working for a company that provides such value to families is highly rewarding.

    Cons

    LeapFrog can be chaotic. In the past 8 years we've had almost as many CEO changes. The company was not profitable for several years, and we suffered through many layoffs, often watching highly effective people get axed while bozos remained in management positions.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lack of leadership integrity running this hamster wheel

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

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Great company mission to help children and families on their learning journeys. Lots of dedicated, caring, strategic, hard-working people - but many talented people have left or are currently working on leaving. Great opportunities to innovate in a really interesting consumer space! Fun products, loyal customers, great brand equity. New CEO is an inspiring speaker and gives a feeling of hope, but doesn't seem to recognize the chaos that reigns.

    Cons

    Lots of management silos that don't really communicate with each other. Every business unit thinks they drive the strategy. Complete lack of role clarity. Processes are driven top down without regard for efficiency, quality or profit - it's all about establishing power. Finger pointing to blame some groups and complete lack of accountability for others. Operations team not held accountable for high costs and margin issues vs competitors. Ineffective HR team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give hard-working people with great ideas a reason to come here and thrive. Get rid of the people who lack integrity and who don't reflect the family values and goals of the company.

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

    For kids sake....

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

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    We make great learning products for kids so it is a feel good place
    Some great content and product design happening
    Hours are pretty flexible
    Free bagels

    Cons

    Company is stripping benefits away (no 401K matching)
    No recognition
    Creative Staff is overridden by upper management with no creative background
    Self Centered POWER HUNGRY / MONEY HUNGRY Apple management brought on board is eroding the lifeforce at Leapfrog.
    Not much of a ladder to climb for most employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a chance with new ideas, appreciate your employees, EMPOWER your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible, dream job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at LeapFrog

    Pros

    Great, friendly people with alot of knowledge, sense of satisfaction knowing you help people everday, pays attention to trends and is using it to guide the company better and Great pay and perks.

    Cons

    All horizontal with little room for moving up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new management has been shook up from the past few years and everyone is excited about how the new leaders are working, keep up the work!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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