LeapFrog - So much potential, but cannot get past the poor leadership and broken culture | Glassdoor
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"So much potential, but cannot get past the poor leadership and broken culture"

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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

Pros

- Great brand, great products. Truly proud of the impact we make on childrens lives
- Pockets of talent and great teamwork at lower levels in the company
- Office space is open and conducive to creativity

Cons

- Leadership is lacking. The CEO is involved in every minor decision, rendering the VPs, Directors, and Managers completely powerless and ineffective. Decisions are made in a vacuum with no respect for the data delivered as part of the process. As a result, decisions are rarely permanent - direction changes daily, leaving the talented hard-working design and engineering teams left to scramble to meet deadlines.
- LeapFrog is losing talent by the day, all of the good ones have left or are at least in the process of leaving. HR and Sr Leadership do nothing to keep talent.
- While the company was founded on innovations in kids learning products, there is no longer a culture of innovation. Management does not support internal innovation, and are not willing to take risks to put new ideas into the market. Do not be fooled - the team responsible for coming up with and executing the LeapPad is no longer at LeapFrog...they have been chased out by the new CEO.
- The talented, hard- working people in the company are not respected, rewarded, or recognized. Marketing is King, but the Marketing leadership is extremely weak.
- Silos rule the office. Information and ideas do not flow between cross fuctional team members, there are big walls up.

Advice to Management

The VP level needs to be flushed and replaced with strong, talented leaders who understand product development. The Dictatorial culture must be replaced with real cross-functional reviews that are not just marketing pitches, to give the company the best chance at making smart decisions. And please, try to keep the talent that has not left yet - treat your employees like you value them.

Other Employee Reviews for LeapFrog

  1. "Inconsistent management"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good product line
    Great co-workers
    Fair compensation

    Cons

    Bad senior management - revolving door of executives, each bringing their own style and changes which causes continual churn
    Lack of consistency
    Lack of work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and don't view them as disposable. Set clear goals and objectives


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great products, crappy culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people at the rank & file level - fun to be around and really dedicated to making the products successful. There's a definite sense of camaraderie that helps you get through the day.
    Products you can be proud of - you know they are really making a difference in kids' lives.
    Stock is finally on an uptick, though who knows how long it may stay that way.

    Cons

    Does the previous reviewer work at the same company as me? I can't imagine how he/she can be so ecstatic about this place. If you spend any time working with the CEO on a regular basis, I can't imagine how you'd have that point of view. He can be great one minute but decides to berate you the next. He forgets what he's said/seen from one meeting to the next and completely contradicts himself from one meeting to the next - and what's worse, he micromanages every product and marketing decision, so it's next to impossible to get anything done. If you're looking to have any sense of ownership in your job, this is not the place for you.

    Things are very political, particularly with the VP-and-above levels. Senior management (VP and above) lacks leadership and visionary skills, and the CEO seems to be doing little to address or change the issues. Most of the VP's are terrible at managing people, so don't expect any real career development here.

    For a toy company, you would think this place would be family friendly, but that couldn't be further from the truth. It's a workhorse culture - ridiculous amounts of work given to understaffed teams with totally unrealistic expectations, which makes for long hours both in the office and once you're home. There is no on-site day care, no maternity benefits, and little to no schedule flexibility (any that you do have is totally dependent on how interested your manager is in giving it to you). The company is run by men (most of whom have stay at home wives), so there is little understanding of or appreciation for working moms in particular. Given they're competing with Silicon Valley firms, you'd think this would be a no-brainer.

    Advice to Management

    Switch out your senior management for people who actually know how to manage people, lead, and know how to create a real future vision for the company and inspire excitement in their teams. Start caring more - in words and actions - about making the company family-friendly.

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