Zynga
3.0 of 5 303 reviews
www.zynga.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Zynga Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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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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Great company to work!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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

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

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Not for everyone, but has been great for me

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsMy 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).

ConsGoing 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 Senior ManagementGive 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.

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

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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

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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Frustrating

Lead Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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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Love working here

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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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Good place to work. Lots of nice perks. Good experience.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Pros- Free food
- Onsite gym
- Decent salaries

Cons- Occasional grinds
- Young managers who aren't good at career planning for individual contributors

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

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Fun people and environment.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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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there is nothing good about Zynga except for the compensation

Security Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Prosgood compensation is the only good thing. Except for that I don't find any other good thing about this job!!

Consnegative career growth ( the shitty management and politics will make you even forget your previous skills), inexperienced managers, not so knowledgable people left in the company anymore.

Advice to Senior Managementplease get some management skills and try to make sense!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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