Zynga Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
349 Reviews
3.0
349 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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91 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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  1.  

    a sunken ship

    Current Employee - Production Artist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Production Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Free Food, perks, great people

    Cons

    Zynga doesn't innovate anymore...Layoffs have also affected the moral of the entire team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the best gaming company but a great analytics company, good for college pass outs to have fun and burn midnight oil.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, Lots of benefits, good for someone who is just out of college

    Cons

    Numbers driven rather than Tech/Fun/Design Driven, which is essential for a gaming company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve work-life balance, focus of having Fun rather than numbers. The company is supposed to be a gaming company not a Analytics based company. In that case change you are not connecting the world through games anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Access 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.

    Cons

    Constantly 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 ManagementAdvice

    We need more excitement from our new CEO.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Zynga - room of growth if management execute it right!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    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
  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.  

    Recruiting Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga as a contractor

    Pros

    flexible hours, recruiters are helpful

    Cons

    Being a contractor is terrible--no benefits, can't be involved in Zynga activities, can't use the gym..ect

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I guess it's good unless you're spoilt

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Employee 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)

    Cons

    The 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...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome opportunity, some squandering had.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Environment Artist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Environment Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Success 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Horrible Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Zynga as an intern for less than a year

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    PICK 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.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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