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LeapFrog Emeryville Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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Emeryville, CA

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  • lack of vision at times from senior management (in 24 reviews)

  • upper management not involved below their level (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Staff Accountant in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Staff Accountant in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LeapFrog (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Awesome people to work with. Diverse. Great work life balance. A lot of additional work perks that made it an enjoyable workplace.

    Cons

    There's no real cons that I can say about LeapFrog. Maybe some decisions made by upper management was not always communicated


  2. "Payroll Manager"

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    Current Contractor - Payroll Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Current Contractor - Payroll Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LeapFrog as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great leaders, Great training opportunity. LeapFrog have a very special place in my heart. I will miss this company a lot.

    Cons

    Change in company owners may change the environment

    Advice to Management

    You have a great chance to advance. LeapFrog encourage growth


  3. "cfo"

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    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people on staff

    Cons

    Hard to anticipate retail trends

    Advice to Management

    Continue to introduce great new product


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A sad ending"

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

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    LeapFrog had a great mission and a solid core group of employees who got the job done year after year.

    Cons

    Through good times and bad, executive management was always too worried about making the next quarter's numbers to focus on a sustainable road map for the future. This led to a series of rushed, mediocre, over-priced product releases that flopped and led to the company's demise.

    Advice to Management

    The brand itself still has value, though the current product line is hopelessly out of touch with the market. The new owners should focus on a niche high end line of educational toys, and invest the money and resources to make the company an innovator again, not a follower.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "New Owners Arrogant - Cost greater concern than Quality"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn from peers. Most of your colleagues are quick and happy to help. Great concepts and designs. Middle management is capable, respectful and listens.

    Cons

    New owners exacerbate the worst aspects of working here. Arrogance and hubris blind them to best way forward. Cost now trumps quality in the worst ways possible. Implementation is sorely lacking,on great designs and creative concepts. Upper management ignores middle management.

    Advice to Management

    New owners: there's a reason why your brand recognition is non-existent. Learn from those that have created a high quality, strong brand.


  7. "Was OK"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    I believe this company has very dedicated hard working people.

    Cons

    Too bad it did not last.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Time for a change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly hard-working talented people that really cared about building fantastic products to help educate and entertain kids.
    Some cutting edge concepts.
    Open warehouse environment conducive to collaboration.

    Cons

    Executive management decisions tended to cause chaos and disruption. There was a lot of micro reporting and projections, seemingly so exec staff could ignore the data and processes and make decisions based on their wise old opinions.
    There were some dinosaurs lurking. It was overdue for a shake up.

    Advice to Management

    Downsize. Stop trying to be a toy company, a tech company and a content company. Cater your talent to your mission.


  9. "Director"

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

    Pros

    Great people and product that helps educate children

    Cons

    Getting to market and other management decisions contributed to the financial failure

    Advice to Management

    Listen to advise from the team you hired


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Ups and Downs"

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

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people by far were the best thing about the company. The company also gave people a lot of say in things.

    Cons

    The biggest problem was always the lack of true direction from management. There was never enough thought given to the future and short term always seemed to rule. Another issue was that processes and procedures weren't always followed or actually in place.

    Advice to Management

    The company has since changed ownership, but the only way it will survive going forward is if it continues to value the thoughts and idea of the employees left


  11. Helpful (6)

    "DEPRESSING"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and incredible products!!! But....

    Cons

    CEO ran it to the bone, and bankrupted the company. Sold out to the lowly competitor that was always copying/chasing. What a loss for our children!

    Advice to Management

    Give back the $$$ you stole from the employees!


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