LeapFrog - Good brand; terrible senior management | Glassdoor
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Helpful (4)

"Good brand; terrible senior management"

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Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Emeryville, CA
Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Emeryville, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for LeapFrog

  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Intern in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Intern in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Weak senior management and little recognition for performance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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