frog design Reviews

Updated May 19, 2020

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frog design President Andrew Zimmerman
Andrew Zimmerman
6 Ratings
Pros
  • "Some really interesting projects and client challenges(in 16 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Work-life balance depends on the Program Manager (some are good but others are not great)(in 9 reviews)

  • "Unorganized, lack of transparency in management and career advancement, long hours, no recognition, chaotic environment, high turnover(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Really Smart People & Interesting Work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at frog design full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some really interesting projects and client challenges. With lots of variety. You get jaded on this point, but its pretty extraordinary if you come here from a product company where you get to do this stuff once every 2 years. Opportunity for travel for projects or to work in other studios Relative degree of freedom within projects to create or invent approaches, tools, processes (as opposed to some consultancies who give you a template) Ability to learn from frogs with other crafts, as well as general skills such as story telling and facilitation Pretty safe and comfortable environment to be yourself, even if that self is quirky.

    Cons

    The pace can get exhausting at times, although its not as bad as some management consulting firms or start-ups. As a consultant you are always an advisor - sometimes I miss the responsibility of being a product manager when my decisions and actions had more tangible consequences.

    frog design2019-08-08
  2. "Overall a great place to work."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at frog design full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    very talented, passionate, interesting people. Flexibility to learn skills from other areas and be involved in different types of projects.

    Cons

    constant manager changes, lack of feedback.

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    frog design2020-05-19
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Talented World Class Creatives but..."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at frog design

    Pros

    Encouraged to push the envelope of design, projects use true design forward practices. Able to tap into other teams to come up with amazing solutions. Daily coffee time to get to know everyone across disciplines.

    Cons

    A lot of extremely talented people are leaving every week, lack of empathy, extremely aggressive times, poorly scoped projects, lack of team alignment across visual and ux design, studio leads are creating a toxic environment of favoritism opting to single out designers and leads regardless of meeting or beating client expectations and rewarding others whom do not to meet client needs.

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    frog design2020-02-26
  4. "work balance"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Truck Driver in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at frog design full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    projects are very interesting

    Cons

    Too busy sometimes when there is projects

    frog design2020-01-29
  5. "Fantastic company, incredibly talented team"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at frog design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people I have ever worked with. Truly inspirational, and a collegial environment

    Cons

    Workload can sometimes be too much.

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    frog design2020-01-28
  6. Helpful (4)

    "It's okay."

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at frog design full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work. Great reputation. Casual working environment. Coffee Time.

    Cons

    Work-life balance depends on the Program Manager (some are good but others are not great). Poor HR team that does not care about the wellbeing or culture of the firm. Design teams are slowing being filled with Ad Agency world people and Strategy team with management consulting people that break the culture from a collaborative fun culture to a me-first, cocky, and competitive atmosphere where the loudest voices in the room win.

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    frog design2019-12-06
  7. Helpful (4)

    "semi-organized chaos"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at frog design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - the people; you work with so many interesting people day to day - non work activities such as creative outlets during the week - very flat, not hierarchical on teams usually - a certain level of trust exists on teams - interfacing with clients - opportunity to grow

    Cons

    - design leadership (especially IxD and VD) has no sense of employee satisfaction - you only get promoted if you are in favor with the design leadership; there are no metrics for achieving your next role and you have to advocate for yourself - if leadership believes you are falling down in a certain skill, they aren't clear about what your next steps and learning opportunities should be - they expect all interaction designers to digital monkeys and just produce wireframes - projects used to be much more impactful and interesting - you do not feel valued as an employee - frog used to feel like a family, that feeling doesn't exist anymore - bad leadership is not seen by management; bad leaders get away with it if they bring in work - morale is super low, many people are leaving without jobs lined up

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    frog design2019-10-28
  8. Helpful (1)

    "frog is full of brilliant, fun people who love what they do... and question everything (as designers do)"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at frog design full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People, work experience, exposure to all types of industries

    Cons

    Just like any other client-based company, the client comes first, deadlines must be met, and the work must be immaculate. So, long hours are common...but the end products seem to pay off for most people.

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    frog design2019-09-17
  9. Helpful (5)

    "frog needs to go back to school for management"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at frog design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Some of the work is interesting - Looks good on your resume - People are generally nice, and they are trying to promote a creative culture

    Cons

    - Extremely disorganized for a company that has been around for over 50 years - Leaders and managers lack leadership skills. Often inexperienced or unequipped team leads are put in charge, but they don't know how to guide a team, make decisions, or translate client needs, and then throw other team members under the bus when things go wrong - Leaders in the design discipline create a toxic environment for both visual and interaction designers where favoritism is apparent, and you are constantly told to prove yourself over and over again - It is unclear who you can trust in management. It does not feel safe to be critical or completely honest, even to your own manager (who is supposed to help you grow) - Directors are selling work and making unrealistic promises to clients. Team leads and PMs don't know how to scope or run the work properly, so teams burn out - Turnover is high. It feels like someone is leaving every other week. There are lot of temporary hires or contractors who are hit or miss. This creates an environment that makes employees feel more like resources than humans

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    frog design2019-10-20
  10. "Great place to learn a lot"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at frog design full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with, interesting work

    Cons

    Company has been through some changes, I think they are coming out of a rough time, only time will tell.

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    frog design2019-04-24
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