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frog design Reviews

Updated February 7, 2019
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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)

  • "Since most of projects are in partnership with Aricent, parent company, they tend to bend towards enterprise with few rare exceptions" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Inspired Daily"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at frog design full-time

    Pros

    While the work is what you would expect, it's the people that make this job worth it. There is never a day that you're not inspired or pushed to be better in your role. It's a community of highly intelligent, determined, and compassionate individuals.

    Cons

    Due to the size of the company, limited growth opportunities can sometimes be an issue.


  2. "Back on track"

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

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

    Pros

    Unparalleled portfolio and opportunities to be stretched and learn, surrounded by a supportive group of people. Everyone is committed to building a great studio. There are ups and downs but few firms continue to win and deliver the kind of work frog has for so long.

    Cons

    Working out of SF means clients around the world: plenty of opportunity to travel, but sometimes home life suffers. Limited opportunity to specialize in one industry, although leadership tries where possible to support this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on investing in studio events and look to bring in some new blood. frog Alum are everywhere and doing amazing things, consider how to stay connected with them.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking ship indeed!"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone seems to be mission driven, and some of the tenured clan are amazing to partner with. The work frog gets to do is challenging and world-class.

    Cons

    The leadership at the top of the SF studio is much more discouraging than encouraging. You're either in or out, and that's based more on personal biases than quality of work. There's an elitist mentality that can be toxic in the SF studio and I've personally experienced leadership talking very negatively about other employees in unwarranted situations. The morale of the studio is going down significantly along with its population and client billings.

    Also, not many advancement opportunities. They come few and far between.

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait until someone resigns to make them feel valued and like they would be missed. Invest time into making your employees feel valued regularly.


  4. "Great Studio and even better people!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Employees are passionate and truly care about the work and each other.
    - The GM is approachable, available and does whatever he can to keep people motivated and engaged.
    - There are numerous initiatives and committees to get involved in. It seems like there is always something going on!

    Cons

    - None that I can think of. I have been with the frog NY studio for over a year and love it!


  5. "Great Culture"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "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


  7. "Summer Intern"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (20)

    "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.


  9. 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


  10. 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.