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Updated September 25, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people; Great Culture; Some interesting projects" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Very smart people there and very willing to help you improve your work and skill" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Blurs the line between work/life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Unorganized, lack of transparency in management and career advancement, long hours, no recognition, chaotic environment, high turnover" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Creative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at frog design full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great studio environment. GM really cares about his people and the work we do.

    Cons

    Local creative leadership lacks to demonstrate a positive vision and it creates confidence in our studio to find talent.


  2. "Summer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at frog design (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tremendously positive work environment, non-competitive, everyone is eager to learn from one another.

    Cons

    It's hard to refine your craft and get better at your specific skillset, due to the incredible variability of each project.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "senior interaction designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at frog design full-time

    Pros

    - bright colleagues
    - your experience is only going to be as good as the project you're on

    Cons

    - very political
    - lack of mentorship or decent management skills


  4. Helpful (4)

    "No rudder, slowly taking on water"

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    Current Employee - Mid-Level
    Current Employee - Mid-Level
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at frog design full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The low and mid-level people are some of the best and brightest I've worked with
    Work load is manageable
    Some projects are interesting

    Cons

    CEO and other execs have no strategic vision and the company is struggling financially
    Company claims to have principles, but in reality is willing to compromise on any of them if it means a little more revenue
    Cost cutting measures are continuously eroding the working environment and leading the best people to leave

    Advice to Management

    Take credit for your actions, act like leaders, and communicate your plan


  5. Helpful (15)

    "Poor leadership, Weak vision = Sinking ship"

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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 frog design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + Outside of leadership, frog hires great, generous minds, people who have at least one interest outside of work that they have figured out how to share with others and are willing. That generosity and exchange of ideas is foundational to most studios' cultures. Colleagues, in the weeds with you, become like family.

    + There are usually opportunities to take ownership over internal projects and initiatives. For example, if you see a tool, process, or event you want to do or make better, you are encouraged to go for it, just don't expect a budget or the time or support to iterate beyond v1

    Cons

    – Poor leadership, in particular, C-level and VPs are spineless, not transparent, and incompetent and continue to promote and reward similar people. I believe poor leadership is they key reason so many talented frogs have left and why so many talented frogs want to leave.
    – Speaking from direct experience, Marketing leadership is sorely incompetent, with no understanding of the design industry or frog's culture. They choose to elevate and keep close key members who are similarly incompetent, mean-spirited, and will do "dirty work" and "say yes" with no questions or regard to integrity, quality, or consistency with frog's values (I could write a whole separate review about this; there's so much to say about the toxicity here)
    – Internal communications and HR leadership is laughable, very little transparency or thought put into delivering or carrying out sensitive or important company-wide news or strategies including recent layoffs. It seriously makes me wonder how people who are supposedly trained in internal communications still have their jobs after so many misses. As a result, they've engendered deep distrust between frogs and leadership.
    – The handling of layoffs in the past few years has been abysmal and a reflection of the character and integrity of the leadership team
    – No investment in tools and resources for day-to-day, learning and development including on-boarding
    – Basically NO global strategy around diversity and inclusion, putting most of the burden on individuals and then taking credit for their ideas later. It's too little, too late. I truly believe that how you've handled and executed frogs' concerns around diversity and inclusion will eventually reflect on your character. In my mind, you are on the wrong side of history.
    – Upward mobility for global support teams in particular Marketing is a joke
    – So much focus on $$$ at the expense of the wellbeing of employees. It IS possible to do both.

    Advice to Management

    You've had too many opportunities to prove that you care about the culture and well-being of your employees, and you've wasted them with messages of what you must read as motivation, but are interpreted by many as lack of direction, lack of heart, lack of real vision. At this point, it feels like, unless there are major leadership changes, frog is a sinking ship.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "There was a time when frog was great..."

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

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

    Pros

    Still a handful of talented people

    Cons

    The company has been on a death spiral since 2013. Layoffs happen on an annual basis. They laid off another 20-30 folks last week. In recent years, the company has shut down offices in Seattle, Amsterdam, Sydney and downsized other locations i.e. San Francisco. If you're a brilliant and aspiring designer, you're probably better off going to the client side or one of the larger design consultancies, i.e. Fjord. Or better yet, join that hot start-up and avoid the soul sucking politics of frog.

    Advice to Management

    Change the name of the company already. It hurts to watch the slow death of frog.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Ups and downs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at frog design full-time

    Pros

    Range and flexibility of projects, strong and passionate group of people, common purpose

    Cons

    Strong financial incentives that didn't translate or benefit design staff. Uneven talent throughout. High turnover rates due to external market encroachment.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "great, but not what it used to be..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at frog design full-time

    Pros

    culture, work/life balance, benefits, easy going, good people

    Cons

    client work is very corporate, frog slowly becoming just another consulting firm


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great work, amazing coworkers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate people who care more about the integrity of their work and contribution to society than about money. Constantly changing work, challenging problems to solve, working on some of the most exciting projects in the Bay Area.

    Cons

    Not very competitive pay, not a lot of benefits beyond the basics (in comparison to big Bay Area companies), not much investment as a company into internal systems, training, etc


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Painful inside."

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

    I have been working at frog design full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are interesting projects still

    Cons

    The problems are internal not external:
    - Painful management/anti-management
    - Surface level feedback only; if you get feedback
    - Do as i say, not as i do attitude.
    - There are some good folks remaining
    - It's business first, code-of-conduct later
    - To survive, you need to manage-up
    - Large turnover, becoming a regular thing

    Advice to Management

    re-sign the code of conduct and read the manifesto


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