Zynga
3.0 of 5 302 reviews
www.zynga.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Zynga Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.0 302 reviews

                             

53% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(58 ratings)

48% 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 42 reviews
  • "Free lunch and dinner, free blue bottles coffee all day"
    in 19 reviews
Cons:
  • "Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays"
    in 34 reviews
  • "Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio"
    in 25 reviews
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Mercenaries, not Missionaries

Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

ProsBrilliant people who came from consulting, investment banking, and a wide range of experience. Compensation was nice, good facade of meritocracy, office had ample food and snacks. Gym was a plus. I went back recently and I thought to myself that the place looks nicer than when I left, which is odd since the company's stock value has gone down.

ConsNo work-life balance, terrible leadership, idiotic management who had rose through the ranks by bullying individuals and humiliating people. Turns out when the stock price goes sour, all of these people run for the hills because they were only in the zero-sum company for the gain they could take from others anyway. I think I learned bad habits here that I'll have to recover from - like thinking that everyone else is out to get you and to think that company politics is how all companies are run.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up a little guys. Stop trying to over-manage things. Instead, try to embody the parts of the bay area that make startups powerful. Focus on new platforms and stop trying to optimize and milk your way to profitability. Instead, test, iterate quickly, and be like the initial Zynga, not the one it's become.

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

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Worked there pre-Farmville; incredibly smart colleagues

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zynga

ProsSmart people with whom to work; people worked incredibly hard; demanding environment

ConsLearned a ton; very little challenging that I could see of CEO

Advice to Senior ManagementNot relevant as left several years ago.

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Frustrating

Lead Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat opportunity to learn about data-driven product management

ConsManagement doesnt trust the teams to make creative decisions. Lack of creativity results in bad bets that fail

Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the people you have hired. If you dont trust them, replace them with people you trust.

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

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Director (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

ProsLot of perks free meals and gym access, beer bust every Friday afternoon

ConsLack of leadership from top management always changing direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork with your teams to create a long term plan for your staff that will grow them.

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

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Good place to work, bad place to grow

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

ProsWork is challenging and fun, learns a lot. Team is fun and friendly.

ConsManagement and decision making becomes horrible after the company is going down and desperately looking for a way out. Lots of talented people left.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be so political.

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

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Great place to work with.

QA Engineer I (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat work environment.
Liberal in working hours.
Less stress
High Standards

ConsPolitics and Bad review of skills.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good learning experience but ruined by under qualified middle management.

Art Director (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

ProsLots of great perks like free lunch, dinners, gym membership and snacks. Lots of talented people.

ConsGame company that puts very little emphasis on fun and long term good of the game. Too many under qualified & experienced middle managers who does not know how to manage.

Advice to Senior ManagementBeing in a company for long time does not automatically make them a good manager.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Previous Room for Growth. Needs more Direction or Actual follow up on Direction made

Producer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Pros-Room for growth (at least when I was there)
-Free food and snacks
-Potential to make a position
-Lots to learn in a face paced environment

Cons-More time spent on restructuring than making games
-Product Managers rule the roost
-Lots of emphasis put on making fun games, but it doesn't happen
-Direction comes from up top, but is rarely followed or enforced
-Depending on org, there may be no direction

Advice to Senior ManagementBe open with communication and actually give direction. No org should go months with no idea of OKRs, or hear randomly from someone else how bad they are doing. Not only should direction should be given, it needs follow up to make sure people are doing work that is in accordance with that direction.

On top of that, Managers need to manage. Too much freedom is a bad thing. If you don't assign work to someone then they have no idea what to do, which does not allow them to grow as an employee.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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UI designer

UI Designer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

Prosgreat talent to work with

Consthere are some remote office communication issue

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Exciting place to work!

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

Pros- Free food
- Challenging work
- Opportunity for growth
- Decent salaries
-Fun, fast paced work environment

Cons- work life balance gets affected
- too much of restructuring in the company
- always worried / fearful of the company standing

Advice to Senior ManagementStick to one strategy and structure and believe in it.
Constant restructuring has demotivated most of the employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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