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Updated August 9, 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. "Global Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at frog design part-time

    Pros

    Strong group dynamic that allows you to grow within a team.

    Cons

    Low pay for part time work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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

  3. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great work, amazing coworkers"

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    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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

  8. "Highs and Lows"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at frog design full-time

    Pros

    Great team and dynamic projects

    Cons

    Management could use some transparency


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great People = Great Work"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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