Zynga Reviews

Updated April 23, 2014
Updated April 23, 2014
406 Reviews

3.0
406 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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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.  

    The best place I've ever worked.

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

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Challenges and opportunities that you won't find anywhere else right now. A chance to work with smart, dedicated, dynamic, fun people. A great workplace. No formal vacation policy -- if you need time off, you take time off. An opportunity to create stuff that millions of people all over the world will enjoy.

    Cons

    Fast growing and chaotic. Things change quickly. Big company but still is like a start-up in a lot of ways. If you like things predictable and steady, this is not the place for you.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Zynga is a fast-paced and rewarding company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Challenging, fast-paced issues to tackle every day and almost everyone here is committed to what we're doing. The compensation and perks are excellent (free food, massages, gym), fun teams and opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Sometimes finding myself working more hours than I intended. It's a competitive environment with lots of young people - which is a con from a personal perspective because it takes more effort to stand out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once the massive stock apple goes away I think people will evaluate competitive opportunities. Zynga needs to create a work environment that is sustainable so people don't get burned out and leave.

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  3.  

    Hard but fulfilling work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Career growth- you will learn a lot as you are pushed outside of your comfort zone. You will work with some of the brightest people in the game and internet industries. You will be surrounded by entrepreneurs. Great perks and the hours are no longer unreasonable. 8-10 hours is average on most teams in most roles except the <10% who are crunching for a game release for a month or so. The food is fantastic and the new office is great.

    Cons

    It's hard work so it's not for everyone. Some teams have better managers than others. Company strategy could be communicated better. You will stick out and be pushed out if you are a low performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More regular communication of company strategy. I have faith in the leadership every level of the company is not as informed as they could be.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place for smart, driven people who care

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

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    If you can think it, you can do it at Zynga. It's fast-paced and fun. There are loads of perks, including free health care and a generous vacation policy (no policy - take time when you need it). Easy access to top management even with 3,000 employees. It's open and flexible here. You can do your best work at Zynga.

    Cons

    The environment encourages achievement and hard work -- bettering your best. It's not for everyone. Those not prepared for this, could be challenged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the open and honest format and feedback.

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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sky's the limit opportunity, fast-paced and fun of a start-up, scale of a global brand & business

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Opportunity to affect culture, and your friends & family every day.
    The scale we build for is incredible. Where else do 50 M people play every day on what you build?
    Responsibility & accountability is everywhere - if you want it, you can have it.
    Opportunity to build on a world stage and do things that haven't been done before - every day.
    Insanely awesome perks - gym, incredible food, dogs everywhere, mobile culture, happy hours, quarterly meetings.
    Plenty of access to top management.
    You're not building your resume - you just want to be a part of something unique and meaningful.
    You like solving problems and doing something that's never been done before.
    You're comfortable defining and disrupting industries not walking in other brand's footsteps.
    You like to move fast and see results quickly.

    Cons

    Start-ups are for people that like accountability and responsibility.
    We have a high bar, a lot is expected of people at every level - you have to be comfortable with working hard and showing results often.
    Zynga moves really really fast. We have to stay ahead of what consumers want and where the market is going, we don't have time to do something next week or next month.
    Because we're doing something different, hours aren't always predictable.
    Prioritization can be tough - you can't get to everything so you have to chop out what doesn't matter.
    People need to see what something was a good idea, be ready to show metrics-driven results after you accomplish something.
    This is not a laid back, in-house job.

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