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Updated October 9, 2017
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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. "work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time

    Pros

    education toys, creativity, collaboration

    Cons

    instability due to the current market


  2. "Great company, too bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, people, product and hours

    Cons

    Management ultimately ran the company under

  3. "Great Job"

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    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


  4. "Glad I left!"

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

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot from licensors about making strong brands. Individual contributors can affect real change to the product mix and influence brand image.

    Cons

    Little to no planning for future hardware or software. "New" hardware had same specs as previous hardware. All hardware and software was proprietary and couldn't support third-party development.

    Advice to Management

    Base your business on real data, not highest paid opinions.


  5. "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


  6. 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.


  7. "Great Team!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great team, family friendly, nice office

    Cons

    organizational changes, management turnover, layoffs

  8. "Positive Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful working culture, best teams i have worked so far.

    Cons

    Management should be more transparent and pro-active on market terms.


  9. 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.


  10. "Dedicated team of employees hanging on through tough times!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Since my involvement with LeapFrog, I have been continuously impressed by the dedication and perseverance shown by the employees. They endured through layoffs and being acquired by VTech and continue to remain passionate about the brand. I love working with this team!

    Cons

    It will take some time to figure out the new processes following the acquisition.


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