Zynga Reviews

Updated 22 August, 2014
Updated 22 August, 2014
406 Reviews

3.0
406 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
Don Mattrick
84 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic, fun company, takes care of top talent.

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

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

    Pros

    Zynga prided itself on growing young employees into incredible talent. Employees were evaluated and rewarded on a quarterly basis. Normally, this was done with stock and cash bonuses. Nowadays, there's a more structured system for reviewing employees, where the old days would give bigger reward pools to teams doing well.

    Cons

    Like any game company, Zynga is a hit driven business. When your game team is doing well, you were rewarded. When your team isn't making money, games were sunset. In the early days, there were late hours and weekend work, but most of Zynga's new game teams are well managed and structure their schedules for a much more healthy balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Awesome work culture with full of fun. Benefits are great: food, beverages, gym.

    Cons

    Going from start up to a corporate game company was very rough for everyone we've been through a lot of growing pains

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The perks make people stay longer than they should

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

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

    Pros

    The perks!

    - Free breakfast, lunch and dinner
    - Dogs allowed
    - Game room, movie theater, stocked bar, quarterly parties

    Cons

    Management needs a facelift. They throw people into C level management because of their list of companies they've worked at not because of their capabilities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for everyone, but has been great for me

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My current team is awesome. The company cut a lot of the fat (not all) and I landed on a team with veterans from the game industry. Benefits are great: food, beverages, gym, showers, and team offsites. Time-off is flexible as long as employees work it out with their team for full timers. Compensation has been restructured - it's way more fair than before and teams that haven't launched or who do not create games have compensation opportunities. My work life balance is perfect right now (although it wasn't always that way). Most importantly, the management on my team is AMAZING. My boss is the best I've ever had and is helping me grow in my career as a game maker (not just a Zynga employee).

    Cons

    Going from start up to a corporate game company was very rough for everyone we've been through a lot of growing pains. When I started, much of the management was very young and inexperienced so they didn't know how to make the transition work. We are still recovering from teams being run by business people and not by game makers who understand the business (albeit it is improving). We lost some great talent from the layoffs, but tbh, many would have left anyway. Several people that have left have moved from start up to start up and get nostalgic about this place, so it really depends on an individuals experience. While some managers are amazing, there are still others that are terrible (but with a company this large, of course it isn't perfect, even though there is no excuse for it). Zynga is a great place to be or the worst depending on who's POV you ask.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more autonomy and ownership to your teams. Focus on making fun games FIRST and then layer on the money making levers second. People will buy a great game for it's intrinsic value. Enforce personal growth opportunities and be okay with employees who just want to kick butt in their current level of work, AND reward them both.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience, but

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible time-offs, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Terrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Zynga - room of growth if management execute it right!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Zynga for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are your greatest asset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Poor discusting

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

    I have been working at Zynga part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    no one sorry no compensation want of ever no - coworker experiences

    Cons

    wake up early for low money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep your self in college

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very bad, immature company.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There really isn't a lot to say here, unfortunately.

    Cons

    Very poor culture, talent, operations, and executive staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reset everything. Great choice to remove Pincus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The bubble has burst on this place

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    used 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your sh*t together. Appreciate the talent that you have and start compensating them well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Analytics first, games second

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

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

    Pros

    On site gym, decent free lunches, smart employees, well-structured teams, solid compensation

    Cons

    zero passion for games, some problems with work life balance, constant barking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're a games company. Keep your focus on metrics, but hire some people who have a passion for games, not just money.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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