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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I joined Zynga at its early stage, a lot super brilliant and hard working people.
    Great benefits
    No need to get up too early to go to work. you can go in late and leave late.

    Cons

    Too much politics going on
    work & life balance was poor
    Too many poor decisions from management team
    Too many PMs and decision makers
    but despite all these, it is definitely one of the best places to work at in the gaming industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make good games

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Zynga Interviews

Updated Sep 13, 2014
Updated Sep 13, 2014

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Zynga in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through a recruiter. I was invited for a phone screen. The phone screen was done by a principal engineer. He was friendly. He asked me some basic C++ questions like vf tables, static_cast, dynamic_cast, reinterpret_case and dynamic cast and a little about my mentoring skills. The next day I got an email for an onsite. The onsite was with 2 directors, 1 architect and a VP, all senior folks since I am 10+ years experiences. Only one interview was on coding. He asked me how to do in order traversal without recursion. 2 of them were mainly on my design, debugging and architectural skills and one on my personality like what I like to work and what I am looking in my next job. Everything went well and I got an offer.

    I was interviewed for a principal engineer role, but when they made me the offer they hired me at Senior Software Engineer level. This is a little mysterious. They are very generous in terms of perks.

    Interview Questions
    • 1) Different types of casts in C++
      2) In order traversal without recursion
      3) If an iphone app crashes often how will you debug
      4) Design for gameboard leaders for a game in zynga
      5) Design chess game and scale it
      6) Design for C compiler (since I mentioned it on my resume)
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They started at 145K base and I kept quite and they bumped it up to 150K.

    I got 16000 RSUS and 150K base, 15% conditional bonus every year.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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Website www.zynga.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2007
Type Company - Public (ZNGA)
Industry Media
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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