Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated 13 August, 2014
Updated 13 August, 2014
404 Reviews

3.0
404 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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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 52 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 40 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 25 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Huge Learning Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

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    Current Employee - UI Designer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - UI Designer in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    great talent to work with

    Cons

    there are some remote office communication issue

  3.  

    review of zynga

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice environment as a whole

    Cons

    doesnt feel right from time to time

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  5.  

    Fun environment.. sometimes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    Free food
    Happy hour on Fridays
    Get to work with some of the newest technologies
    Super smart co-workers

    Cons

    Lots of constant pressure to meet arbitrary deadlines
    Quality is not a priority in the end product
    Management has very little visibility on who is actually doing a good job
    Perks are getting less and less and noticeably less month to month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture needs to change now! Smaller development teams and with a purpose. Too many project managers. We don't need 3 PM's when there's only 4 developers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good at first, downhill after that

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    - Lots of smart people
    - Very interesting projects
    - Decent enough office
    - Good life work balance, none of the crazy forced hours seen in SF

    Cons

    - Culture, over time, started to become more and more like the one in SF
    - Managers have no idea what their reports are working on
    - Bonuses, awards, etc are all very much tied to how well you can play the game and suck up to those in charge. Hard work gets you nowhere if you don't make sure people know about it
    - The people at the top of the company are an embarrassment who act like children
    - Too many inter-team politics, things are not done for the greater good but rather for the good of various teams and/or individuals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are not happy with how things are run, listen to them or you will keep loosing talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Surrounded by greatness

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    I work with incredibly bright, passionate people ever day.

    Cons

    Our stock price seems to be in a real slump.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    If you can handle it, you'll excel.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    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
  9.  

    Fun company with super smart people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    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
  10.  

    Great benefits and coworkers

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    Former Employee - UI Designer
    Former Employee - UI Designer

    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
  11.  

    fine company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good culture, nice people, good benefits

    Cons

    lack of perspective, not really stable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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