Zynga Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
349 Reviews
3.0
349 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
Don Mattrick
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.  

    Loved it! Great coworkers-Lots of talent.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great games, Free food, bonuses, gym

    Cons

    Upper management treats employees like they are numbers. You never know when your project will get cut and you are out of a job-- no matter how good you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talent and people are HUGE assets. Respect them, they are not mere numbers. They are what drive the company.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Getting much better

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    • 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 people, new leadership with a plan, lots of opportunity, good work-life balance with necessary crunch times, agile and experienced teams to collaborate with.

    Cons

    Still some uncertainty, data driven tactics limit creative risks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a clear roadmap and stick to it. Give employees stability. Foster an "I could retire here" feeling to stand out in the industry and attract top veteran talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for everyone, but has been great for me

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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

    My 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).

    Cons

    Going 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Analytics first, games second

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    On site gym, decent free lunches, smart employees, well-structured teams, solid compensation

    Cons

    zero passion for games, some problems with work life balance, constant barking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're a games company. Keep your focus on metrics, but hire some people who have a passion for games, not just money.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting place to work!

    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Free food
    - Challenging work
    - Opportunity for growth
    - Decent salaries
    -Fun, fast paced work environment

    Cons

    - work life balance gets affected
    - too much of restructuring in the company
    - always worried / fearful of the company standing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to one strategy and structure and believe in it.
    Constant restructuring has demotivated most of the employees.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Good place to work, bad place to grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging and fun, learns a lot. Team is fun and friendly.

    Cons

    Management and decision making becomes horrible after the company is going down and desperately looking for a way out. Lots of talented people left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Worked there pre-Farmville; incredibly smart colleagues

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Smart people with whom to work; people worked incredibly hard; demanding environment

    Cons

    Learned a ton; very little challenging that I could see of CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not relevant as left several years ago.

  10.  

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

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    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

    - Free food
    - Onsite gym
    - Decent salaries

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Thanks Zynga, it was fun!

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    Former Employee - Office Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great co-workers, work-life balance was definitely better than most tech companies (IMO), fun, vibrant, always changing work flow.

    Cons

    Management decisions that seemed half hazard or last minute, lack of clear goals or direction for the long haul, no "level up" or mentoring possibilities for anyone who is NOT an Engineer, volatile environment (fearful, worrisome, unsteady footing).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved my time at Zynga Seattle and wouldn't trade it for anything. I also wish the company the very best going forward, I hope Z can pull out of their seeming tail-spin and right itself for the long haul. My co-workers (the team of folks I worked with in Seattle, at HQ, and other remotes) were AMAZING people, some of the best I've ever had the pleasure to work with or for. I hope you'll remember that when making decisions to close locations or shut down departments in the future. You can't "create" good people, be careful how quick you are to cut them loose.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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