Zynga
3.0 of 5 302 reviews
www.zynga.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Zynga Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.0 302 reviews

                             

53% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(58 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Free food and snacks are good and did offset some of the salary cut the pre-ipo hired took"
    in 48 reviews
  • "Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays"
    in 38 reviews
  • "Long hours, exhaustion, some mandatory weekends that are arbitrarily chosen"
    in 25 reviews
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Great experience, but

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat benefits, flexible time-offs, flexible hours.

ConsTerrible work-life balance. For about 2 years all I've done was work non-stop because there was no other way around it. Meritocracy doesn't really work when everyone is competing against each other and we all end up burning out with little rewards.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere are many workers who have poor management, and therefore no matter how hard they work they are never acknowledged. Management needs to be a bit more on top of looking after the people working for them such as promotions and quarterly goals. Things have gotten much too unorganized due to some people having unsure goals, or no goals to strive for and achieve.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Zynga - room of growth if management execute it right!

Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Zynga for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

ConsManagement is in the midst of course correction...poor communication from the top is not inspiring confidence. Office politics is affecting and preventing work from getting done right.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour employees are your greatest asset.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The bubble has burst on this place

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Prosused to be a great place to work with lots of added benefits. these days employees don't get bonuses, christmas parties or offsites like we used to

Conslack of appreciation for employees
"be glad you have a job" atmosphere
increased workload due to massive rounds of layoffs

Advice to Senior ManagementGet your sh*t together. Appreciate the talent that you have and start compensating them well.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fast paced with opportunity for growth

Intern (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Zynga as an intern for less than a year

ProsTons of opportunity for advancement. Amazing perks and a great work balance for the most part. Fun product with great coworkers.

ConsLack of clear direction from upper management. There seems to be company wide reorgs every other month which greatly affect culture and company direction

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Frustrating

Lead Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsGreat opportunity to learn about data-driven product management

ConsManagement doesnt trust the teams to make creative decisions. Lack of creativity results in bad bets that fail

Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the people you have hired. If you dont trust them, replace them with people you trust.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work, bad place to grow

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

ProsWork is challenging and fun, learns a lot. Team is fun and friendly.

ConsManagement and decision making becomes horrible after the company is going down and desperately looking for a way out. Lots of talented people left.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be so political.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Love working here

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX (US)

I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 8 years

ProsLots of opportunity for growth, interesting and ever changing tech, mobile development, great team of people.

ConsSoda machine never gets refilled.

Advice to Senior Management-

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Talented people , horrible management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zynga

ProsTalented People. Good exposure to new technologies.

ConsHorrible management, lack foresightedness. Bad skills.

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Exciting place to work!

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

Pros- Free food
- Challenging work
- Opportunity for growth
- Decent salaries
-Fun, fast paced work environment

Cons- work life balance gets affected
- too much of restructuring in the company
- always worried / fearful of the company standing

Advice to Senior ManagementStick to one strategy and structure and believe in it.
Constant restructuring has demotivated most of the employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Exciting, Fun space

Quality Assurance Intern (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Zynga as an intern for less than a year

ProsFree food! Fun people and a lot of cool projects

ConsNot too many actually, although sometimes you will have to stay into the night to finish launches depending on your team

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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