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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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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Recruiting Coordinator

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Zynga as a contractor

Prosflexible hours, recruiters are helpful

ConsBeing a contractor is terrible--no benefits, can't be involved in Zynga activities, can't use the gym..ect

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Senior Manager (Former Employee)

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

ProsEnjoyed my time at Zynga. Great benefits and smart people.

ConsTo many unhappy employees dragging everyone down. Zynga speed is slow. Company needs to step it up to compete with start-up minded competitors.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The best place I've ever worked at. Think about my Z family often.

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

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

Pros-Incredible amount of drive, intellectual horsepower and fun co workers.
-We had an insatiable appetite to win and learn as much as we could.
-Company felt like it operated in a unified front for many years
-Quarterly rewards/recognition
-incredibly talented culinary team & holistic health care services
-Transparent CEO (at the time Mark) who had a passion for people and the product
-Very approachable and personable leadership team
-We worked long hours for something we believed in (the sweatshop comments are hilarious). No one forces you to work long hours. If you can cultivate an environment where people truly care and put in the amount of effort - it's a pro in my book.
-Some of the smartest most down to earth folks you can work with in the valley

Cons-We were trailblazing an industry with social games and there was a lot changes in that drop of a dime
-We could have done earlier training/dev of management to prepare for the rapid growth
-No sophisticated system in place to track how often comp wasn't reviewed

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to focus on the people that have maintained focus and dedication to the product. We are all still rooting for you!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people and a fantastic learning experience.

Studio Operations (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsFast paced, meritocracy and good compensation/perks

Constoo many re-orgs, no clear strategy from c-staff

Advice to Senior Managementpick one strategy and org structure and stick with it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fun people and environment.

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

I have been working at Zynga as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe perks are great! Free food, lots of video games and they pay well too. Their benefits package is great as well. People are great and are always happy to hang out after work.

ConsSecond round of layoffs just happened, but most viewed this restructuring as a positive thing for the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementHopefully the layoffs are all over. Doing a great job, but people are noticing a severe cutback in perks. Confidence is low as it's obvious that you are looking to cut costs anywhere that is possible.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The ads team had great leadership and the coworkers were experts in their field. I learned a lot and had fun doing so!

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

Pros+ Great coworkers
+ Great office atmosphere
+ Free lunches and snacks
+ Excellent benefits

Cons- The company's currently in transition which can randomize you at the high level some times.
- Code quality varies from team to team. Some partner teams might not be as fun to work with at times.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo Don: Keep cracking the whip and running a tight ship. In the process of running the business though, don't forget about the games!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good culture, perks & compensation / shaky decision making.

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

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

ProsGreat people, fun culture, good compensation and great benefits.

ConsPoor decision making by management, didn't pivot strategy post IPO quick enough. Industry indicators were there for awhile before things started to change.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mercenaries, not Missionaries

Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsBrilliant people who came from consulting, investment banking, and a wide range of experience. Compensation was nice, good facade of meritocracy, office had ample food and snacks. Gym was a plus. I went back recently and I thought to myself that the place looks nicer than when I left, which is odd since the company's stock value has gone down.

ConsNo work-life balance, terrible leadership, idiotic management who had rose through the ranks by bullying individuals and humiliating people. Turns out when the stock price goes sour, all of these people run for the hills because they were only in the zero-sum company for the gain they could take from others anyway. I think I learned bad habits here that I'll have to recover from - like thinking that everyone else is out to get you and to think that company politics is how all companies are run.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up a little guys. Stop trying to over-manage things. Instead, try to embody the parts of the bay area that make startups powerful. Focus on new platforms and stop trying to optimize and milk your way to profitability. Instead, test, iterate quickly, and be like the initial Zynga, not the one it's become.

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

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

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

ProsEmployees were great, honest, and funny..

ConsDifferent departments DO NOT work together at all. There is NO cooperation between different groups on even important projects.
Do not expect direction or guidance from your manager, or even support.
Managers do not create and implement effective policies or processes.
No communication of important initiatives and programs company-wide.

There are massive lay-offs every year, and the best people are laid off.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with your employees on where the company is going, and what the long term strategy is, and how employees fir in.
Mandate that teams work together.
Communicate important initiatives and programs to all employees.
Be

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 offers fair salaries

Senior Artist (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

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

ProsSalary was competitive overall. I had the opportunity to work with some very talented people

ConsCompany's products are mediocre; their catalogue is filled with too many tap grinders and slots style games.

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

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