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LeapFrog Reviews

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. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "VP Supply Chain & Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Vice President in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Carlos, CA

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

    Pros

    Leapfrog has the best people I have ever worked with. Very dedicated and loyal group of very hard working people. We all loved the products and the excitement of being around new ideas.

    Cons

    Bad decisions were made in the last two years which caused Leapfrog to be acquired by VTech


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Internal processes and culture need an overhaul"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time

    Pros

    - fun people
    - good mission

    Cons

    - no cross-team or inter-team sharing of ideas
    - current creation process is slow and defeats creativity
    - lots of old-timers stuck in old ways
    - upper management not involved below their level

    Advice to Management

    investigate current processes and make an overhaul


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Ups and Downs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Bad management that dont care about their people


  7. Helpful (5)

    "DEPRESSING"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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!


  8. Helpful (3)

    "It was good while it lasted"

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

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart peers, good customer focus, casual and pleasant work environment, and compelling mission - educate young children in literacy and math, primarily.

    Cons

    Technology company with execs mostly ignorant of the details of technology. Top management unwilling to listen when those beneath say a product is a bad idea, or too aggressive timeframe to get it to market. Politics and "blame game" rampant.

    As a result of continual losses, company was acquired this spring by V-Tech for $1/share.

    Advice to Management

    V-Tech management, listen to the LeapFrog folks remaining, they are the good ones! Don't squander your investment.


  9. "Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues. Creative projects. Opportunity to work in areas of interest.

    Cons

    Loss of great, committed staff

    Advice to Management

    Focus on staff retention and innovation


  10. 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.


  11. "There were the best of times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Leapfrog was a great company to work for a period of time with good passionate, dedicated, hard working employees.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and bad decisions often made work harder than it needed to be.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, make realistic deadlines and encourage team building.



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