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Zynga Reviews

Updated April 23, 2014
Updated April 23, 2014
404 Reviews

3.0
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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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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76 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic, fun company, takes care of top talent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    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.  

    Love working here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth, interesting and ever changing tech, mobile development, great team of people.

    Cons

    Soda machine never gets refilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

  3.  

    Exciting, Fun space

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Intern in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Free food! Fun people and a lot of cool projects

    Cons

    Not too many actually, although sometimes you will have to stay into the night to finish launches depending on your team

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    challenging work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very high compensation, lots of opportunity to take ownership and be promoted. challenging work.

    Cons

    fast paced, high stress, company didnt do well after a while. ipo really deflated the company.

  6.  

    The best place I've ever worked at. Think about my Z family often.

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

    Pros

    -Incredible amount of drive, intellectual horsepower and fun co workers.
    -We had an insatiable appetite to win and learn as much as we could.
    -Company felt like it operated in a unified front for many years
    -Quarterly rewards/recognition
    -incredibly talented culinary team & holistic health care services
    -Transparent CEO (at the time Mark) who had a passion for people and the product
    -Very approachable and personable leadership team
    -We worked long hours for something we believed in (the sweatshop comments are hilarious). No one forces you to work long hours. If you can cultivate an environment where people truly care and put in the amount of effort - it's a pro in my book.
    -Some of the smartest most down to earth folks you can work with in the valley

    Cons

    -We were trailblazing an industry with social games and there was a lot changes in that drop of a dime
    -We could have done earlier training/dev of management to prepare for the rapid growth
    -No sophisticated system in place to track how often comp wasn't reviewed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the people that have maintained focus and dedication to the product. We are all still rooting for you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people and a fantastic learning experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Studio Operations  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Studio Operations in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Fast paced, meritocracy and good compensation/perks

    Cons

    too many re-orgs, no clear strategy from c-staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pick one strategy and org structure and stick with it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    There is free food and dogs here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Technician  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Technician in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The people at Zynga come in all kinds, they are fun and willing to help you get your groove as soon as possible.

    There is endless amounts of food and snacks, and its always changing so you'll always be trying out new things.

    Dogs! There are dogs everywhere, if you are an employee and you have a dog, remember, its bring your dog to work day everyday.

    Cons

    Some of the users that we would get just wouldn't make our job easier, even though most of the people at Zynga are great, there are always those that just only care about themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are supposed to make decisions for you, but there can be some that make the decisions that their employees will not agree with. Make sure that the problem you are trying to fix is something that bothers everyone else, not just you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Super Fun Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Lots of fun, High base salary, People are nice, Good Benefit

    Cons

    Not very stable, Stock is low, Hard to ship attracting games

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great to place to learn product management

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

    Pros

    - Smart colleagues
    - Data-driven culture
    - Good office/food/benefit
    - Location
    - Open to recruite smart people with no PM/Tech experience

    Cons

    - Instability for the future
    - The culture varies by studios

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what we are good at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I learned more than I've ever learned anywhere else.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Work with highly intelligent people on interesting mobile development problems. Also, they have free food and gym membership!

    Cons

    The reputation of their games is pretty bad, so everyone made fun of me for working there. They made fun of me even more for enjoying it. Also, because of this reputation (and the poor market value of the company) moral was super low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some games that aren't just money hungry. Make some games that the employees can be proud of. Don't just fast follow, make real new and innovative games.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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