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Zynga Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 332 reviews

55% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(82 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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    Management, read this!

    QA Engineer I (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFree lunch, gym, free insurance premium
    1:1 match on transit and 1:1 match on donation
    Company actively encourages employees to volunteer
    Bring your dog to work, or play with coworker's dog.
    Great people to work with

    ConsPoor management: lack of growth and lack of directions to advance.
    Work life balance can be tough especially if you are salaried and working on a team that is either understaffed or has bad planning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe workers are the foundation of a company, not the management.
    The company from 1st hand experience is very mediocre at recognizing and retaining talent.
    Be your own CEO was the best company value when I went into Zynga because I believed strongly in meritocracy. However, with the company growing and people in management position coming from outside of the company, this value is really non-existence anymore.

    Also, HR should spend more time on understanding why employees are quitting. It's usually not because of the salary.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Security Engineer Intern

    Security Engineer Intern (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThey do treat their employees very well with amenities. You get to work with really smart individuals. Management, at least when I was there, was solid.

    ConsMany people work long hours and the company is a little lost.

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

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    Fast paced, no work-life balance

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmart people, great perks. Pre-IPO, it was a fantastic place to work.

    ConsAll games are the same, politicking here is the worst I've seen. Way too much micro-management, it's the same number-crunching across divisions at the cost of the games and the politics here is obnoxious.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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    Promises unfulfilled.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsMany smart people. Lots of tough problems. It was cool to work on world-class games that were part of pop culture.

    ConsHard to keep faith in the leadership. Quarterly re-orgs ("pivots") sapped momentum. The company growth outpaced the management's ability to grow their own skills.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the workforce again. Build lots of mobile games and invest in the ones that take 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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    Terrible

    Software Intern (Former Employee) San Antonio, TX

    ProsWell, Zynga does provide good benefits and extras, and the teammates I have worked with have been great. The teams that I have worked with are solid and know their stuff. I rarely feel like I am asked to sacrifice my life outside of work for unnecessary overtime.

    ConsI think the upper management is disconnected from the gaming industry as a whole.

    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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    Quality Assurance - A little lack luster

    Quality Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Social Media GIANT
    - Good benefits
    - Competitive environment

    Cons- Culture has soured in lieu of profitability
    - Limited room for advancement
    - Difficulty adapting to process innovation

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more opportunities for individuals to advance their careers, what is the point of a highly competitive environment without the reward?

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

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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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    Decent perks and compensation, at the cost of your creative spirit.

    Senior Artist (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Great perks like gym, massages, haircuts, snacks, drinks, and meals.
    - Decent compensation.
    - Bring your dog to work.
    - Results-driven and fast-paced.

    Cons- Severely political to the point of hampering productivity and creativity.
    - Near-zero value for creativity, artistry, and innovation in products.
    - Too focused on metrics and numbers as opposed to creating meaningful user experiences.
    - Almost all projects are "fast follows" (copycats) of existing hits.
    - Terrible executive management.

    Advice to Senior Management- Put more emphasis on creativity and innovation instead of just giving lip service.
    - Focus on a solid long-term vision for the company as opposed to following whatever is a currently a hit game to copy.
    - Stop policies that encourage political behavior among the workforce.
    - Value your artists, designers, and engineers just as much as PMs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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