Zynga
3.0 of 5 325 reviews
www.zynga.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Zynga Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.0 325 reviews

                             

55% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(76 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Free food and snacks are good and did offset some of the salary cut the pre-ipo hired took"
    in 49 reviews
  • "Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner"
    in 20 reviews
Cons:
  • "Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays"
    in 40 reviews
  • "Long hours, exhaustion, some mandatory weekends that are arbitrarily chosen"
    in 25 reviews
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    Unique place to work

    Senior Game Designer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood pay, good benefits, excellent culinary department, but most of all great people.

    ConsYou need to have an intense interest in social games. It's also still mostly driven by metrics and needs more emphasis on good game design.

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

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    Hard working, hungry, ambitious company

    General Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat, high quality, highly motivated and straight-shooting folks
    The Zynga spirit drives the company to be successful and pushes through challenging times
    The constant quest on how to be more successful, make better games, increase value for our players
    Yes, the food is amazing

    ConsThe outside reputation and perception of Zynga are at least one year behind the reality of the current culture, which I have found very positive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep building up a more game development centric culture
    Push to hire the best talents

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

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    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- great compensation and perks (free lunch/dinner, bonuses, gym, etc.)
    - work has effect on the culture at large given huge audience; feel like you have a voice
    - though it can vary by team, people are friendly and smart
    - making games is more enjoyable than most other types of software development
    - lots of exposure to new technologies / learn a lot

    Cons- can be long hours and weekends, esp. around game launches
    - can involve travel at times
    - stock is struggling, and aforementioned perks+compensation a bit dialed back as a result
    - job security can be an issue if a game is not successful (though that is less the case for engineers)

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind better ways to support innovation. Where's Zynga's Angry Birds / Bejeweled / Mario Bros. / etc. i.e. brilliant, original classic game?

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

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    Great culture - fascinating products

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsFast, entrepreneurial and very very meritocratic.

    Consnot for folks who need a comfortable and static environment.

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

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    A fantastic life-changing experience that I wouldn't trade for anything!

    Art Intern (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe environment is stellar and the people are absolutely amazing! You will make tons of friends, learning and teaching others all the while. If you're not having the time of your life, you're doing it wrong.

    ConsIt's such an awesome place to work, you could end up living there if you aren't careful. Between the convenience and amenities, it can be difficult to keep track of how much time you're actually spending at work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing things great, just try not to forget the little guys.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Zynga staffing and recruiting

    Technical Recruiter (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat place to try new methods of recruiting. Stress but good kind of stress. Stress to achieve not micromanagement version of stress. Great people to work with. Everyone out to help one another. Don't need to watch your back. It's easy to recruit for a company doing super well. This company has its challenges and therefore makes you a better recruiter. Managers and engineers are very talented. They keep the bar high even during tough times which is good. New engineers are guaranteed a challenging work environment with lots to learn even if you're a senior recruiter or engineer.

    ConsContractors not treated like equal. Not a big deal but sometimes inhibits your ability to do a good job on behalf of the client. Company only hires recruiters as contract-to-hire which limits their ability to hire top recruiters.

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

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    Work hard, play hard

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAmazing benefits, people, and environment. Challenging work.

    ConsNo cons - unless you don't like working hard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mafia

    Mafia (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosworks great most of the time

    Consdoesn't always work all the time

    Advice to Senior Managementthink more strategically

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Zynga Is A pretty good company.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt teaches children to how to harvest, grow and it is a game so children can enjoy.

    ConsIt does'nt pay a lot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe Good, to ZYNGA.

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

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    one of the best companies i've ever worked with!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosadapt, grow, accepts challenge, awesome!

    Consi can't think of any cons

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