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Updated January 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Very smart people there and very willing to help you improve your work and skill (in 15 reviews)

  • Quite interesting projects that exceed the ordinary design work (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Blurs the line between work/life balance (in 6 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great People = Great Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here are almost always the best and the brightest, making solving problems enjoyable. The work is very flexible because we are tasked with coming up with solutions to the issues companies are facing that can't be solved by many other firms.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of clear hierarchy on projects that can lead to confusion. However, the upside to this in getting things done and taking charge where you can outweighs the occasional downsides. It's all about how well each team can work together.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency into what's going on with leadership, in other offices, performance, etc.


  2. "Executive Director"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at frog design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great projects, great people, creative and fulfilling. Opportunity to work with some of the best designers in the business. Strong (informal) alumni network.

    Cons

    Too much flux from mgmt. Uncertain guidance from holding company led to some strange decisions and strategies on how to increase profitability. Some new challenges to Design Thinking in the market and insourcing of design talent has led to fewer engagements.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at frog design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart but mostly inexperienced people, generally interesting projects

    Cons

    Extremely insecure people, terrible at collaborative work with each other, people are out in situations where they struggle to survive without any support, serious hazing for a lot of Junior new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are more secure than enable a supportive environments. Put people in situations where they succeed. Part people a decent salary, frog's brand isn't what it used to be.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sexist attitudes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great space in Brooklyn, cool events, coffee time, good clients

    Cons

    Intentional nitpicking of female ACD, CDs and other female leaders by PMs and other managerial staff. PMs loudly say 'I need a guy to lead the team' and creating disharmony within their teams. Women often discouraged in other ways (sometimes even by other women) and intentionally being yelled at for minor, insignificant issues.

    Advice to Management

    Provide gender sensitization courses to PMs and other senior staff

    frog design Response

    Dec 19, 2017 – Global Talent Experience Lead

    We are sorry you had this experience. We take these issues very seriously at frog and have an absolute zero-tolerance policy for this type of language or behavior in the NY Studio. As a leader of the... More


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Interaction design intern"

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

    Pros

    Very smart people there and very willing to help you improve your work and skill.

    Cons

    People seem to come and go pretty quickly. Not sure if its how it always has been or if its how the company is being managed now.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be"

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

    I worked at frog design full-time

    Pros

    Still attracts good projects and people hoping to do good things.

    Cons

    Current ownership and management structure is toxic. No hope until that changes.

    Advice to Management

    Sell to someone who gives a damn.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Don't let them find out your a Republican"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great food, interesting work

    Cons

    Should and advocacy group for leftists. Don't let them find out you not a Democrat.

    frog design Response

    Sep 13, 2017 – Global Talent Experience Lead

    We're sorry to now hear about your negative experience at frog, but thank you for your candor. At frog and in our work, we strive to touch hearts and change minds, a mentality that carries over to... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing Company with Talented People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at frog design full-time

    Pros

    -Cutting edge work
    -Ability to voice your opinions
    -Great benefits for a company this size
    -Employees have a lot of pride working here
    -Collaboration among employees who truly care about the projects they are working on
    -Thoughtfulness to every element of the business
    -Working here pushes your boundaries in a way that will advance your career tremendously
    -Focus on company culture- weekly coffee times where employees gather together to catch up and share ideas
    -Awesome office in the heart of SOMA

    Cons

    -Company can be frugal
    -People come here for the work and not the pay


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Means well but has lost direction"

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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

    Pros

    Academic, learning environment. Lack of guidelines which can be stressful but also give you the freedom to make your experience what you want it to be.

    Cons

    Weak/overworked leadership with no bandwidth to mentor or lead

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stay true to the DNA of the company with your new strategic initiatives


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good People but really stressful projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good co-worker
    Learn a lot in a few years
    You can travel

    Cons

    Too much stressful work
    No benefit


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