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Updated August 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Very, very smart people working there (in 14 reviews)

  • I feel the work/life balance is actually really good (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Blurs the line between work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Depending on the project, you can work really long hours some weeks, but it isn't consistently crazy (at the junior level) (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company with Talented People"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The people around us"

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

    I have been working at frog design full-time

    Pros

    The space
    The clients (if you want to work with companies new to design; generally less progressive)
    The projects (if you want to do finance / banking)

    Cons

    CEO is aloof and seems to have less energy
    The leaders that the CEO has hired in from his past firms are unfortunately proving to be weak and have low respect from the team. It is hard for them to lead, manage and hire
    frog is not the brand it used to be. There is stiff competition.

    Advice to Management

    Time for a new model? New relationship with the mother ship? How will we be relevant in 5 years?

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people so much!

    Cons

    Those leading operations are terrible. No strategy in making decisions and employees are at the mercy of stakeholder whims.

    Advice to Management

    Make smarter and more informed deicisons and trust your employees.


  6. "Like no other"

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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

    People people people. Amazing. Smart. Caring. Fun.
    The work could not be more diverse nor more challenging. The company is evolving too, data and venture design seem to be maturing fast.

    Cons

    Consulting is a tough business model and programs are short, fast and furious, meaning lots of BD around programs. Travel can suit some more than others.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "My favorite job in my career so far!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really smart group of people that will challenge you to grow!
    Benefits are good for the company size and include commuter benefits, good medical plans, 401k with matching etc.
    Leadership seems to be strong and cares about its people.
    I feel the work/life balance is actually really good! We have half-day Fridays in the Summer, 3 weeks PTO on year one and more on year three, and the ability to WFH on occasion which some people do on a weekly basis. I'm surprised to hear others feel differently. It's a client servicing business that often requires travel, but it's no different than should be expected.

    Cons

    The parent company doesn't seem to understand the culture of frog, and this can cause a lot of misunderstandings and tension when they require change somewhere.
    Some feel negatively about the studio work-place and they can be quite vocal, but I just feel they haven't worked at a truly negative place before.

  8. Helpful (13)

    "A once great design company struggling to remain so"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Insanely smart and talented people. Once in a lifetime opportunities to work on crazy cool projects. Ability to steer innovation at top tier companies.

    Cons

    Poor compensation relative to industry. Interesting work is scarce, and not distributed evenly. The parent company (Aricent) is not aligned with frog values. Senior management lacks diversity. I don't know what is wrong with the company leadership, but currently it has shown an inability to direct, inspire or provide a meaningful vision. Current CEO is either ineffective or incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    You have the talent to do amazing things, and much of the work frog does is still great, but there are signs that frog has lost it's way. The current vision is vague and uninspired corporate pablum. The leadership has shed most of it's diversity. Find a way to get back to your core (and ditch that boat anchor Aricent on the way).

    frog design Response

    Mar 1, 2017 – Global Talent Experience Lead

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on what we are doing well and where we need to improve. Like any large company/family, we will always have room to grow and do better. We are confident in our... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn and grow."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get pushed outside of your comfort zone on a regular basis.
    You can shape the role you want to have.
    Diverse projects.

    Cons

    Lots of financial services clients in NY specifically.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging, Creative and Dynamic Workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Talent Acquisition Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Talent Acquisition Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring work, fun and encouraging people. Promotes change, growth and innovation. let's me be in charge of any transitive endeavors I want to be a part of to improve our system.

    Cons

    Can be intense and overly demanding. Blurs the line between work/life balance


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