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Zynga Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 331 reviews

55% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(82 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Huge Learning Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat perks, Lots of personal growth

    ConsEmotional atmosphere of the company after all of the bad press

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep following through with the vision set in place

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    UI designer

    UI Designer (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    Prosgreat talent to work with

    Consthere are some remote office communication issue

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnice environment as a whole

    Consdoesnt feel right from time to time

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    Good at first, downhill after that

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) 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 Senior ManagementPeople are not happy with how things are run, listen to them or you will keep loosing talent.

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

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    Fun environment.. sometimes

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

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

    ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementThe 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!

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

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    Surrounded by greatness

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsI work with incredibly bright, passionate people ever day.

    ConsOur stock price seems to be in a real slump.

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

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    fine company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood culture, nice people, good benefits

    Conslack of perspective, not really stable

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

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    Great place to work on casual games

    Producer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsGreat benefits and everyone works as a team to get things done.

    ConsUpper management seems directionless and don't know how to create any new games except for FarmVille.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop copying other games.
    Commit to new ideas.

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

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    Good benefits

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

    ProsLots of smart co-workers.

    Good benefits.

    Company provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Happy hours on Fridays.

    Management is reasonable.

    ConsDepending on the project teams, some teams need to work longer hours than usual.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great resources at your disposal, but plagued with never-ending reorgs.

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

    ProsAccess to real-time data really strengthens the decision-making capabilities. Resources available to do job and perform well. A lot of flexibility given to employees. Lots of great perks (food, gym, dogs, fun building). Fun work environment in a fun building and great city location.

    ConsConstantly plagued with reorgs and leadership changes, impeding on team building opportunities and career growth. Bonuses aren't regular or completely transparent. Losing a bit of the work hard / play hard edge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe need more excitement from our new CEO.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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