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

Zynga Reviews

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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3.0 303 reviews

                             

53% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

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48% of employees 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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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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San Francisco, CA

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

ProsLot of perks free meals and gym access, beer bust every Friday afternoon

ConsLack of leadership from top management always changing direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork with your teams to create a long term plan for your staff that will grow them.

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

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Terrible senior management making awful decisions

Designer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsComp is on the higher end for gaming companies, but on the lower end relative to other public tech companies.

There are some good folks remaining but they're all leaving like flies.

It used to have good perks when I started, but they have gotten rid of a lot of them (no more massages, haircuts, they also laid off my trainer in December).

ConsLowest morale in all of SF and Silicon Valley right now. The last round of layoffs ended up cutting some of the best performers at Zynga (HR and C suite's decision-making abilities are questionable), leaving behind some cheaper but very mediocre performers.

My studio has too many leads and too political to get anything done.

All upper management cares about is pleasing the investors (not their players or employees). They haven't been able to ship a good mobile title organically, so they tap into their free cash flow and acquire other mobile gaming companies while cutting headcount. Great for the bottom line temporarily, but terrible in the long-run because some of the top performers are gone and you cannot make great games without them.

They always claim there will not be more layoffs but a 18% layoffs occurred in May and an 15% layoffs occurred in late January. Do not believe anything upper management says anymore.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour last round of layoffs was done carelessly. You cut some great performers and kept some very medicore performers to save several grand per year for each employee. Now the rest of us is struggling to keep afloat in an already terrible environment.

Your investors-first policy is only great in inflating the stock price. In a good market like this, most of your talent would not bother staying even if they have not been laid off.

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

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

ProsEnjoyed my time at Zynga. Great benefits and smart people.

ConsTo many unhappy employees dragging everyone down. Zynga speed is slow. Company needs to step it up to compete with start-up minded competitors.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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fun work environment, smart engineers, (very) poor managers

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Prosfree food
flexible vacation policy - if you use it!
some really smart engineers solving problems as scale
Don is making decisions which are impacting the stock price in a positive way (atleast for now)

Consmiddle and top management highly inexperienced - which fail to motivate high performers, and end up losing them.
Since IPO has been highly unstable, and too many re-orgs every quarter.
Compensation might have been good, if stock value had gotten north of IPO price (by comparison other tech startups are trading at 100-150% above IPO)
office politics & you need to know the right people/ be in the right team to get noticed for your performance - no longer a meritocracy.
Too many layoffs in the past 6-8 months, and the upper management has failed to deliver a consistent future plan.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave experienced and stellar engineers as Engineering Managers/Senior Engineering Managers - who are hands on and can motivate team members and steer them towards a strong career in engineering.

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

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It was fun in the early days, but has gone down hill since it ipo.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Prosmeals, incredible talent, flexible hours, gym, accupuncture, massage, hair cuts, good commuter benefits,

Conslacks direction. company is in transition to mobile games, and it still has lots of growing pain.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe people are what makes the company. The company needs to attract talent or the company will fail.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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This company doesn't know which way is up

Senior Sound Designer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Zynga as a contractor for more than a year

ProsCompetitive salary, good people for the most part. Lots of perks and they will let you bring your dog to the office.

ConsPoorly structured internally. Chasing competitors rather than trying to innovate despite claiming otherwise. Too many middle management producers. Not enough innovative gameplay or rather good game ideas get canceled due to Zynga style monetization and friend base gameplay structure. Make good games people want to play instead of trying to nickel and dime players.

Advice to Senior ManagementRestructure where the audio department falls under internal development so there is incentive for internal teams to utilize this valuable resource that makes games more fun.

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

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A top heavy company that has it's glory days behind.

Senior 3D Artist (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsWorked with a great team of people when I was on CityVille

ConsCopy of a.... copy of a... copy of a...

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

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Clueless upper management and chaotic environment, but still some talented employees left

Senior Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsThere are some really smart and passionate individuals left at Zynga, but they are leaving and will soon if they haven't yet. I am learning a lot from them.

Depending on the team you work for, there are opportunities to learn and be challenged.

The food is good.

ConsLow morale coupled with long hours at my studio.

Some clueless upper management making cuts to solid performers and then replacing them with people from other teams, whom the rest of the studio has to train. Why bother?

Some senior managers were promoted too quickly when Zynga was still a start-up, so you have/had 20-something year old GMs who don't know anything about management and make a ton of mistakes.

Advice to Senior ManagementHow will you make great games if you cannot retain your 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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