Zynga Reviews

Updated 16 October, 2014
Updated 16 October, 2014
358 Reviews
3.0
358 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 56 reviews)

  • Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays (in 42 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Huge Learning Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Great perks, Lots of personal growth

    Cons

    Emotional atmosphere of the company after all of the bad press

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep following through with the vision set in place

  2.  

    UI designer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - UI Designer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - UI Designer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great talent to work with

    Cons

    there are some remote office communication issue

  3.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good life balance
    Lot of perks
    Good technologies
    Office environment is awesome
    Great free food
    Good pay

    Cons

    Not many cons, Management hierarchy is a bit high

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Leaving with benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    We were a bunch of gamers, be it console, social, computer or board games but with such diverse backgrounds and knowledge that you could easily learn a lot from the people sitting around you. Another huge benefit of the company was having access to food and coffee all the time, especially since you're working 8-15hr shifts. As a representative it was also a fantastic experience to work with teams outside the country and state to help our players or build towards a better game. I came out of the company with a better outlook on my position as someone from the CS org as well as build many skills to help me grow in any company. One last benefit was you have ownership and freedom to complete those tasks (within reason). It's nice to have that ability and experiment on your own without being a drone.

    Cons

    It was hard for the department to press forward because every time we thought we were pushing to something better things would get retracted to procedures that were done months or years back. As a company the departments just seem to be confused causing communication issues due to the disbursement or removal of teams. When issues like that arose the responsibility was never redistributed so it was a guessing game. After some time staffing also became a big issue which also contributed to communication issues with more confusion that left teams scrambling to establish the level of care and devotion to the games that use to exist. One other problem that could also be said for a lot of other companies is that the wrong kind of people were hired for particular positions. Their personalities and bad tastes for decisions left a division within teams.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I joined Zynga at its early stage, a lot super brilliant and hard working people.
    Great benefits
    No need to get up too early to go to work. you can go in late and leave late.

    Cons

    Too much politics going on
    work & life balance was poor
    Too many poor decisions from management team
    Too many PMs and decision makers
    but despite all these, it is definitely one of the best places to work at in the gaming industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make good games

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A good place to work, but company needs to find its footing in the market again.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People were friendly and fun to work with.
    Was treated well and valued by the company over all.
    Good pay overall as Senior -> Principal engineer role over time.

    Cons

    Weekly release feature cadence grinds could get pretty monotonous.
    Engineering work often degraded into repeated Actionscript3 and JSON for feature creation on web based games. Most engineers wanted newer challenges to tackle (understandably).
    Other peoples dogs barking and peeing under my desk repeatedly during work hours. (No I didn't have a dog.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities to innovate and create truly unique products by the people doing the creating.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Better now stronger leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work on games, which is cool. The pay is decent and the people can be really fun. the building is nice and new, and it does not feel crowded.

    Cons

    The open door to dogs makes the place smell like a kennel. The overtime can get really bad, and overall burn out is common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is still too much middle management. There are armies of people making spreadsheets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you can handle it, you'll excel.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - People - Love or hate the games, the people behind this company are it's best asset. Smart, driven, fast and always open to help, you'll be pulled forward by them and if you're smart enough to find a good mentor, they'll help you push yourself to new heights. Go for the people!
    - Be your own CEO - Ability to own and impact large areas of whatever you're working on with distributed decision making.
    - Zynga Speed == Pragmatic - To move fast you have to make trade-offs and this place will teach you how to do it better than anyone out there.
    - Zynga First - Egos get pushed aside when someone challenges you with "is that Zynga first?"
    - Meritocracy - Doesn't matter if you're in QA, Documentation or Design, your voice gets heard and the best ideas rise to the top if people have the confidence to speak up.
    - Level Up - If you aspire to move up and can both build and execute upon a plan to grow your career then Zynga will reward you with upwards mobility. Just don't think working REALLY hard is enough, it's not, you need to show results.
    - Innovate - the games might not always show it (see cons) but internally the company is never afraid to change itself, processes, teams or tech in order to move forward. Sometimes that's a messy thing but at least it breaks the old molds and creates new ones.

    Cons

    - Insane hard pace at times, you'll burn out if you can't figure out how to stay healthy (which is your responsibility).
    - Regurgitation - games can be very derivative and there are economies of scale in doing so, move around to make sure you don't get bored, 1 year per team.
    - Ruled by Numbers - sometimes you need to use gut and intuition but those aren't always trusted if there's no comparable numbers to look at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address financial matters with transparency and honesty and you'll re-kindle the flame that started Zynga.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun company with super smart people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are incredibly smart, helpful and collaborative.
    Employees are challenged, but not overworked.
    Great perks- delicious meals and awesome gym on-site, including a basketball court.
    People notice when you do good work and you usually get recognized for it.

    Cons

    It's not as "hot" of a company as it used to be, so it's lost some talented people over the last couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retaining your top employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great benefits and coworkers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - UI Designer
    Former Employee - UI Designer

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits- health, sick time, competitive salary, etc.
    Great facilities- kitchen, snacks, game rooms, hardware
    Mostly great people - talented and fun coworkers

    Cons

    Lots of restructuring and shifting.
    Industry based on franchise hits.
    Analytics drive EVERYTHING.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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