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Zynga Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 330 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(80 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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    Great People, Poor Management

    Lead Game Designer (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Benefits (food, healthcare, fitness) and great employees (the people who are actually making the games)

    ConsManagement at the team level is sadly terrible. The group of GMs and high level managers that have remained with Zynga are still trying to use strategies from 2008 to determine how to move forward in a completely different game market.

    I have never worked for a more cliquey company in my entire career. I have watched people with little to no experience be promoted to senior and lead positions simply because they had worked with a particular manager on another project. I shouldn't have to hold a "senior" anyone's hand when using Microsoft Word or Perforce.

    Some long-term Zyngites seem oblivious to the troubles the company has had. The frequency in which I heard people brush off layoffs and other cuts in a nonchalant, casual manner was disturbing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen a team has three creative directors but no one to actually implement the vision then perhaps it is time to rethink the org chart.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Got too political

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe company had a great culture and great benefits. Was there 3+ years and during its best years it was energetic and exciting (those days are no longer).

    ConsPolitics, Inappropriate Managerial Level Ups, too much focus on quick-win Quarterly OKR achievement and the premium placed on quarterly level-ups made longer term planning impossible and irrelevant. Also, I watched first-hand, decisions made which hurt their customers in order to squeeze an extra $.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's a marathon not a sprint.

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

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    Was an amazing ride... until.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI was one of the first 300 employees and was upwardly mobile for quite sometime
    Bonuses, perks galore, travel, stocks as hiring bonus....

    ...(which split 4 times)

    ConsNever got the raise and the title I was promised once they went public!
    I was told that because I had real stock then that was considered against my wage and that I should feel lucky! It was a hiring bonus in lieu of not being paid market!!!! Disgruntled

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement at Zynga was like a revolving door of Egotistical jerks after my original manager left.
    IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T CONTINUE TO TRY AND FIX IT!!!!

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

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    Loved it! Great coworkers-Lots of talent.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat games, Free food, bonuses, gym

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

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    Great place thats needs a little more direction

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmart bright people willing to execute and push hard to deliver on time.

    ConsManagement leadership is lacking due to experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire industry veterans to drive the very capable engineering staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun and frustrating place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsCompetitive compensation, excellent food, talented co-workers, rapid knowledge sharing and potential for great opportunities made this an amazing job overall.

    Consthe few downsides were - meritocracy was broken from the perspective of an employee that endured a tough work life balance on multiple projects without much opportunity for advancement. Painful to watch executive management during my time there. Products that lacked originality in more than one case. Team direction pivoted so much it was often hard to move forward - ironic because it really was a fast paced environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focusing on franchises but go after a truly original and innovative game idea every once in a while.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretty okay but could be better

    QA Engineer (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    Pros- Free lunches and food
    - Fast paced enviroment
    - Good people

    Cons- Lots of company politics
    - Not very stable business model

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure there is much to say here. Zynga is built on free-to-play which to me is not a long term business model.

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

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    Meh...

    Executive Producer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat comp, and RSUs are great.

    ConsManagement is continually "pivoting" and doesn't seem to know what direction to go in

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the people you have hired, you have some amazing EPs and GMs and then you completely hamstring them with a craptacular new IP process, and no ability to innovate.

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

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    Getting much better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsStill some uncertainty, data driven tactics limit creative risks

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Bachelor’s in Business Politics

    (Former Employee)

    ProsUsed to staff some of the best minds in the business to learn and work with. Now a great place to be working in the industry if you believe the game part of games takes a back seat to business priorities. A data lover's dream. Great perks and benefits including a great vacation policy. If you find the time to use it..

    ConsA constraining place to work in a creative capacity…all of it stifled by business priorities. Zynga saw a gradual migration of employees from other industry conglomerates shortly after their big game success who now occupy the upper management ranks. They brought much of the politics they claimed to run from with them. Other company leaders wised up and left long ago. Employees must have worked directly with these managers or risk being layoff targets.

    They hire for the job, not the employee except in very specific cases and job functions (seen them cut top tier engineers but not mediocre product/market analysts). If your game starts failing management will see you as fat to be trimmed rather than investigate whether you were one of the few actively keeping an imminent disaster from happening until it was impossible to prevent. A disaster management probably caused.

    Management did not exercise any professional means of evaluating employees during my time, and in many cases looked to an employee's prior reputation in the industry. It is why the last layoffs in January were done shoddily to save a few dollars and lost most of the top talent not networked with the upper management regime. Now they struggle to retain the remaining true talented employees and many left since the last layoffs.

    After they realized the cuts were too deep trying to satisfy the Street, I was called weeks later with an offer for my old job and it took serious restraint not to hang up.

    Letting go of what they need to satisfy ultra short term business goals is characteristic of the company. There was concern when they replaced the CEO with someone even more conservative and money-minded. After seeing no change in management or investors I share the concerns of my former coworkers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more responsibility but take more risks too.

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

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