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Updated January 25, 2017
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  • lack of vision at times from senior management (in 24 reviews)

  • upper management not involved below their level (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "cfo"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. "Procurement Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Supervisor in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Procurement Supervisor in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Leapfrog have good working environment and friendly relationship

    Cons

    The management didn't settle employees' requirement while be acquired


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  8. "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.


  9. "LeapFrog"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture and good Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Dont know. Did not find one


  10. "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.


  11. 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.



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