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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. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "backwards, not forwards"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredibly dedicated and talented people during my time there.

    Cons

    Management. Period. Is LeapFrog a tech company? Is it a toy company? No one could decide. When decisions were made, it was usually the wrong one.

    Advice to Management

    New owners there...so I'm not sure what to say. I hope the backward looking new strategy is the right one.


  4. "Amazing people but ..."

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

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

    Pros

    Always the people! Over the years, the caliber of people is pretty amazing even when things are tough. And the mission, who doesn't want to contribute to children's lives.

    Cons

    While recent VTech acquisition is better than there being no more LeapFrog period after former leadership sunk the ship, but unclear how much LF will remain.

    Advice to Management

    The transition is not as clear as anticipated or promised. Step up the communication and clarity.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Questionable Future"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best part about working here has been the pride of helping kids reach their potential and truly being able to believe in the product that we put out.

    Cons

    Some poor decision making lead us to financial difficulties, multiple rounds of layoff, and finally to being acquired by our biggest competitor. Future of the brand and everything I have taken pride with working here is questionable at this point. I fear for a decline in quality and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    No management currently to give advice to.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Down"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lathrop, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lathrop, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Seeing the impact on childrens lives amazing, LF co-workers and teammates fantastic to work with

    Cons

    Morale very low since merger with V-tech, very little communication


  7. "Hope it starts to hop again."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fantastic group of people. The office is friendly and it feels like family. Products you feel good about and you know you are making a difference. Most people stay with the company because they enjoy the people they work with.

    Cons

    Market competition has put serious pressure on it. Morale has been a struggle. Hard to see the vision where growth might occur again.

    Advice to Management

    Please find a winning strategy and execute it fast.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Short stint"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced and fun environment for the most part.

    Cons

    They went public and it has been downhill ever since. Seems like I read about layoffs over there once a month.

    Advice to Management

    Take a pay cut.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Nice People, Flat Growth"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LeapFrog (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice people, good work hours,

    Cons

    flat growth, long commute, lack of culture


  10. Helpful (18)

    "Management drove this great company into the ground"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The middle managers are the best. There were so many wonderful people at LeapFrog who kept things running for years, while the executives rotated in and out. People made lasting friendships at LeapFrog and so many people really cared about the mission and the products.

    Cons

    The current management team is terrible. And it's pathetic and sad what they've done to this wonderful company. They came in and rode the LeapPad wave, which was set in motion before they came. They had nothing to do with it, though they love to take credit for it. The CEO, CMO, and CFO are all friends from years of working together and have no idea what they're doing. They continue to pay themselves fat salaries, while laying everyone off. And what's worse is they have no strategy and never have. This isn't surprising as they are not capable of creating a strategy. The Board should have fired them all ages ago. Except they're all friends, too.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Get out. Do the right thing. You've ruined the livelihood of so many people who loved their jobs and needed their jobs, while you continue to pay yourselves your huge salaries.


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