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Zynga Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.0 331 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

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

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    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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    Zynga - room of growth if management execute it right!

    Product Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    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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    Great experience, but

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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    Recruiting Coordinator

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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    I guess it's good unless you're spoilt

    Data Analyst (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsEmployee benefits (free breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & drinks; onsite gym; health insurance; ...) AND unlimited PTO (that's my favorite one!)

    Don't usually have to work long hours

    The dogs are fun (given you like them, of course)

    ConsThe company is fairly disorganized at all levels. There's no way to plan your work because unexpected hi-priority tasks arrive all the time. Often nobody actually knows what the exact request is and how to do it.

    It sometimes seems hard to get your manager to actually listen to you, and even if (s)he does, it will likely have no practical effect in the end.

    It's very clear that they're trying to save money as much as they can. IT once told me they don't have headphones because they're too expensive. On another day, I got a Macbook Air charger for my Macbook Pro because - guess what - they're out of Pro chargers and new ones are too expensive. They just stopped providing free onsite massages and haircuts (the services are still available, but you need to pay). They cancelled a planned game day as well as a planned Christmas party. We got an invite to come to the church on Sunday instead...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome opportunity, some squandering had.

    Lead Environment Artist (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsBest in business, pushing content to hundreds of millions of players.

    ConsSuccess brings oddly can bring chaos. When the pressure is high, and expectations are not hit, a dangerous cycle begins of unreal expectations and constantly missing the mark.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great People, Horrible Management

    Intern (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros-Free lunch
    -Awesome work environment
    -Awesome perks and parties
    -Surrounded with very smart and motivated people

    Cons-There doesn't seem to be much creative diversity in the games the companies produce
    -Great people were cut off due to upper management's mistakes and the downhill spiral the company is going through

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

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    The Perks are Awesome; the Company is Meh....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros* AWESOME perks - the Culinary Department is superb. There's an onsite gym, a good coffee bar (for caffeine addicts), and, obviously, the dogs

    * There are many good people at Zynga.

    * MY personal work-life balance is pretty good, BUT this is HIGHLY dependent on WHICH team you work on. Many game teams are working LONG hours, including weekends, whereas non-game teams are putting in the necessary 40 hour / week.

    Cons* The so-called Zynga speed? It's mostly hurry up & wait, especially on the back-end of Zynga's infrastructure & platform groups. (For game studios, it's break-neck speed).

    * We shifted direction too many times, and since we have priorities only for a given quarter (which is what your bonuses are based upon), making GOOD long term decisions for the company is not the priority. Projects that were a priority one quarter are dropped in the next; making your work meaningless.

    * Too many cooks in the kitchen; many teams overlap in doing the SAME THING and don't trust that other groups will do a good job. A lot of developer time & cycles are wasted

    * The HR process of hiring people is a joke. It takes FOREVER to get anyone through the interview process (let alone hired), and you lose a lot of talent. They are more interested in putting on high-school pep rallies for people who have "leveled up" or are being recognized for their contribution. (Seriously, they had high school cheerleader outfits one quarter...) Make "People Resources" actually about helping the people at Zynga...and not the high school squad team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPICK a direction, stick with it, and give people a chance to do the RIGHT thing for Zynga instead of trying to meet objectives that change on the wind. Streamline the whole new IP process; make platform & game services ACTUAL working services that are easily integrated by a game studio instead of the monsters they are today.

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    hard work, slow pace

    Software Developer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Prosfood. work like balance. vacations.

    Consbad structure. low efficiency with high input.

    Advice to Senior Managementbe smart.

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

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    Typical job in the SF tech industry.

    2D Artist (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsBenefits are extensive and generous. Free meals, free snacks, free gym, etc.

    ConsIssues with Top Down Management. Most executives don't seem to really know what is going on within the teams themselves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake more new IP. Maybe even have a team solely with the purpose of coming up with new ideas and then delegating to other teams to execute.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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