55% of the CEO
Pros – free food
flexible vacation policy - if you use it!
some really smart engineers solving problems as scale
Don is making decisions which are impacting the stock price in a positive way (atleast for now)
Cons – middle and top management highly inexperienced - which fail to motivate high performers, and end up losing them.
Since IPO has been highly unstable, and too many re-orgs every quarter.
Compensation might have been good, if stock value had gotten north of IPO price (by comparison other tech startups are trading at 100-150% above IPO)
office politics & you need to know the right people/ be in the right team to get noticed for your performance - no longer a meritocracy.
Too many layoffs in the past 6-8 months, and the upper management has failed to deliver a consistent future plan.
Advice to Senior Management – Have experienced and stellar engineers as Engineering Managers/Senior Engineering Managers - who are hands on and can motivate team members and steer them towards a strong career in engineering.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – meals, incredible talent, flexible hours, gym, accupuncture, massage, hair cuts, good commuter benefits,
Cons – lacks direction. company is in transition to mobile games, and it still has lots of growing pain.
Advice to Senior Management – The people are what makes the company. The company needs to attract talent or the company will fail.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – dogs at work, compensation, free food
Cons – politics, long hours, horrible coffee
Advice to Senior Management – make better games
Pros – Great people, fun culture, good compensation and great benefits.
Cons – Poor decision making by management, didn't pivot strategy post IPO quick enough. Industry indicators were there for awhile before things started to change.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – The people at Zynga come in all kinds, they are fun and willing to help you get your groove as soon as possible.
There is endless amounts of food and snacks, and its always changing so you'll always be trying out new things.
Dogs! There are dogs everywhere, if you are an employee and you have a dog, remember, its bring your dog to work day everyday.
Cons – Some of the users that we would get just wouldn't make our job easier, even though most of the people at Zynga are great, there are always those that just only care about themselves.
Advice to Senior Management – Managers are supposed to make decisions for you, but there can be some that make the decisions that their employees will not agree with. Make sure that the problem you are trying to fix is something that bothers everyone else, not just you.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Employees were great, honest, and funny..
Cons – Different departments DO NOT work together at all. There is NO cooperation between different groups on even important projects.
Do not expect direction or guidance from your manager, or even support.
Managers do not create and implement effective policies or processes.
No communication of important initiatives and programs company-wide.
There are massive lay-offs every year, and the best people are laid off.
Advice to Senior Management – Be honest with your employees on where the company is going, and what the long term strategy is, and how employees fir in.
Mandate that teams work together.
Communicate important initiatives and programs to all employees.
Pros – Learn a lot fast. Fast dev cycles for product launches.
Cons – Poor management. Managers receive no manager training. No career guidance. Layoffs are brutal and poorly managed. Company is lost and the moves it's making won't save it.
Advice to Senior Management – Invest in training your managers if you care at all about getting and keeping the best employees. And you need the best employees to right the ship.
Pros – Competitive salary, good people for the most part. Lots of perks and they will let you bring your dog to the office.
Cons – Poorly structured internally. Chasing competitors rather than trying to innovate despite claiming otherwise. Too many middle management producers. Not enough innovative gameplay or rather good game ideas get canceled due to Zynga style monetization and friend base gameplay structure. Make good games people want to play instead of trying to nickel and dime players.
Advice to Senior Management – Restructure where the audio department falls under internal development so there is incentive for internal teams to utilize this valuable resource that makes games more fun.
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Pros – There are some really smart and passionate individuals left at Zynga, but they are leaving and will soon if they haven't yet. I am learning a lot from them.
Depending on the team you work for, there are opportunities to learn and be challenged.
The food is good.
Cons – Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio.
Some clueless upper management making cuts to solid performers and then replacing them with people from other teams, whom the rest of the studio has to train. Why bother?
Some senior managers were promoted too quickly when Zynga was still a start-up, so you have/had 20-something year old GMs who don't know anything about management and make a ton of mistakes.
Advice to Senior Management – How will you make great games if you cannot retain your talent?
Pros – Amazing people to work with. You own your outcomes, so you will be taking up big responsibilities - regardless of your level. Company has really scalable technologies to work with, and the job is fun since end of the day you are making games.
Cons – There is a fair bit of work politics - possibly the highest among all the places I have ever worked at. It can get on your nerves when your colleagues, who are otherwise your friends, are constantly scheming to take you down, or show you off in bad light. CXO level management pretty much sucks. It's a data driven company, but some folks hardly understand basic arithmetic, but are a part of senior management.
Advice to Senior Management – Zynga became zynga because of the performance based, data driven approach. The company needs to get rid of all these senior folks using un-measurable mba-school speak.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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