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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    Hard but fulfilling work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsCareer 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place for smart, driven people who care

    Game Designer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsIf 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the open and honest format and feedback.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsOpportunity 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.

    ConsStart-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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great teams, exciting space

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmart people, hard problems, really massive scale, good compensation, great office, great benefits and perks, very flexible vacation policy, opportunities for growth.

    ConsLong hours, no 401k employer contribution matching.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    So far, so great!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsMedical/Dental/Vision for employee 100% paid (very affordable to add spouse and dependents)
    Free lunch and snacks
    Choice of Mac OS or Windows laptop
    Latest/greatest technology
    Ergonomics evals available for every employee
    Commuter 1:1 benefit
    Gym membership
    Casual dress code
    Dog friendly work place
    Work hard, play hard!
    Great co-workers
    Team mentality
    Encouraged to take personal ownership of your job & your contribution to the team.

    ConsWorking long hours, weekends, after hours, etc. is the norm.
    Would like more frequent communication from management about launch dates, long and short term goals for our studio, space planning, career advancement, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice if upper management, facilities, HR, IT, etc. had a better sense of what goes on at the off-site locations, and by that, I mean VISIT our site instead of doing everything remotely. Additionally, an ocasional visit from C-Staff would be great. Even if only for a 1/2 hour just to say "Hi!" when they are in town for other business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAlways changing environment, great benefits and people make the hard work easy

    ConsA lot of late nights

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great perks and benefits along with career growth

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosfree food
    great perks
    free swags
    benefits
    great people
    great environment
    trips and vacations
    what else can you ask for

    Consnot that i can think of,,sometimes you need to work extra hours...but with that kind of environment, you cannot complain

    Advice to Senior ManagementI feel they are doing great...i cannot think of any advice..I am not sure about the top level management, but studio management is great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun and excited place to work, combines the feeling of both Start-up and solid company

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsNo1 company in Social gaming which has a huge potential
    Great package(salary, bonus, stock)
    Cool cutting edge tech
    Great benefits (delicious food, party, massage)
    Zynga is definitely one of the most successful in following 10 years

    It is the right place for the person who works hard and productive.

    Conslong hours of work, but it's the same for every start-up company
    Many Micromanagement
    Zynga is very ambitious, that's very correct, but it should have a clearer objective and strategy
    Have a clear company culture, this is very important for the company in future

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the micromanagement in company.
    Make a clearer vacation policy, every one needs break for some time.
    Reward policy also needs to be refined.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's awesome but you have to want it

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsLots of opportunity if you want it
    Cool cutting edge tech
    Meritocracy
    Great benefits (health care, gym, perks, food, parties)
    Celebratory
    Rocket ship
    Successful
    Great people
    Take really good care of employees
    Lots of promotions if you work hard and show results

    ConsIt's still a start-up, so work hours can be long
    It's not google or microsoft where it's all figured out
    Some of the same people get rewarded a lot

    Advice to Senior Managementit's been better since you hired HR people; help people learn to ask for vacation and rest; try to realize that you don't have to hire so many people to do the same work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience - perfect blend of startup & solid company.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Great environment (game oriented culture)
    - dogs at work
    - great benefits (health, gym, etc..)
    - Fast pace, lots of growth
    - Quarterly awards for initiative, results, etc..

    Cons- still startup culture, can feel chaotic at times
    - current games are pretty repetitive
    - tech stack is pretty vanilla (php 5.2!)

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more. Why don't you consider blogging?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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