Zynga Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
407 Reviews

3.0
407 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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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 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company ever.

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer
    Former Employee - Associate Producer

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

    Pros

    They paid well, and allow dogs at the office.

    Cons

    12+ hour days are normal. You're ripping people off and you know it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Rarely felt appreciated, often felt exploited

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    Former Employee - Community Specialist - Hourly  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Community Specialist - Hourly in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers are super smart, talented, and motivated. Great perks, including great health insurance and free lunch and dinner. Your dog can chill with you at work, or, if you don't have a dog, you can probably borrow a coworker's!

    Cons

    While the perks are nice, it does not make up for the fact that, unless you are a developer or product manager, your salary may not even be competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad compensation, bad work/life balance, horrible upper Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are mostly young and driven. Work from home option.

    Cons

    - HR and upper Management one of the worst I have ever experienced
    - Level ups and comp increase heavily depended on how well you cuddle up to HR or upper Management
    - frequent late nights and weekend work
    - no transparency for anything from Level ups to why certain Studios are preferred over others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up and look at who is really working and reward those, take away some power from HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    No management direction

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    Current Employee - Information Technology  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Free food still for now.

    Cons

    After working here for over there years, the company keeps changing its direction. You get no management support. All the good people are leaving for better job with other company's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay away, at least for now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented people being managed by monkeys is a certain recipe for a disaster. Rather sad really.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Free food and the paycheck cleared the bank.

    Cons

    Employee morale is so low, if you work her you will become depressed and stressed out. As tempting as it may sound at first, you will definitely want to save your time and stay far away from this ticking time bomb.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible management

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The food is okay, and this is the only thing I can think of as a positive factor of this company

    Cons

    Bad management, severe office politics, bad work/life balance, no bonus if you are not in game team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too frustrated to give advice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    not so good.

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    Former Employee - Producer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Producer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Fun at work. No leaves policy. Flexi hours

    Cons

    No job security. Continuous lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don hire if you cant promise their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No direction, broken practices, poor morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Blue Bottle coffee and meals for free
    - Working with creative people
    - Choice of technology

    Cons

    - The meritocracy is flawed between game teams. Two people doing the same position, with equal proficiency are awarded differently by how well the specific game does financially.
    - Too many bosses. Often a person reports directly to their manager, but has "dotted line" managers, who often conflict with the other manager, providing tension to everyday operations.
    - Long hours, exhaustion, some mandatory weekends that are arbitrarily chosen. For example, your game team may announce on a Monday that x amount of people have to work that coming weekend.
    - Hard to have an outside life. With the long hours and short notice for overtime, it's hard to plan a life outside the company.
    - The game teams do not communicate best practices with each other. A game will be made, the issues acknowledged and then a new group of people will make a similar game, without using the learnings from the last game.
    - Different technologies used on different games, sometimes changed mid-project.
    - After a game is launched, it goes into cadence. The detailed prep work to launch the game doesn't carry over into the life of the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Every manager should have to take manager training.
    - Do post-mortems of every project and actually implement changes in new projects.
    - Be honest with employees. Don't make inflated, broken promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics, nepotism, favoritism and corruption at its best

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    1. Very good engineers to work with, but even there the quality is going down with recent hiring and lot of good people have left due to rampant nepotism
    2. Decent food

    Cons

    1. If you are an engineer this is probably one of the worst places to work. You will often be bossed by people with no skills whasoever. In Zynga they are called Producers. Literally anybody becomes a producer here, any QA, english writers, or so called community specialists, literally anyone who knows the right boots to lick

    2. HRs control too many things. The quarterly evaluation they tell you about is a joke. There is no transparency and Engineering managers have no say in appraisals. It is a close group who always keep getting the best. If you don't know how to play this game of thrones, this is not the place for you

    3. Overall there is no sense of direction and you have very little control on you career direction. Today you are working one one project and tomorrow you will be put to a different project without any direction and no explanations given to you.

    4. There is no transparency in any process they follow.

    5. Many IIM grads. who believe they know everything are actually sinking the company. They all are trained to chase very short term goals here, as a result company is suffering. Add to that these recent graduate can actually make a senior engineer's life tough.

    6. I have not come across a single good game designer in India. This is sort of understandable given there aren't any good game design institutes in India. But, here the problem is that these mediocre people are calling the shots.

    7. Your technical growth stops in this company because you are always chasing short term goals, without a moment to stop and think. At times you are even expected to do data entry kind of work, and then they come up with phrases like Zynga first to justify this.

    8. Best way to grow in this company if you are an engineer is a) Create a problem yourself b) Solve it couple of days later c) Send a big mail as to how you have solved the biggest problem, add in a few made up numbers, tie up with a Product manager to add in an excel sheet with all sort of manipulated information. It never fails to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All that glitters is not gold. Have a re-look at your quarterly review process. There are many people in this office being paid for no real work. Stop those expenses rather than cutting out benefits from deserving people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice Perks and Benefits, Poor Morale, Meritocracy is Dead

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, great health/vision/dental plan, 401K, ESPP, free gourmet food and buffet and organic snacks, free coffee/gourmet drinks/soda/juices, they rent out several high quality food trucks after every quarterly meeting and it's all you can eat, free gym and classes, unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    I used to believe in their "meritocracy" when I first came on. I was a huge advocate of Zynga for the first year and a half. But recently we've faced major cutbacks, layoffs and restructuring, and found the company will no longer be giving bonuses for the next year and a half. I worked extremely hard but Zynga doesn't recognize hard work; their awards ceremony works like a high school rally in that it's a huge popularity contest. And the higher ups will continue to take credit for the grunts' hard work, no matter how much of an influence you make. Good ideas are shot down if it isn't a tried and true game that makes millions on the market; they speak of innovation year after year but it is still all about fast following for the money. Morale is sinking lower and lower, only the ones who are gung-ho about Zynga Spirit or those that make the most cash for the company (despite lack of innovation) will get that $100,000 stock reward, or $5000 cash plus a 4-day trip to any place in the world, or get to borrow the company Tesla.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give some of the employees you stepped on some recognition with a bonus or at least a verbal mention; we all know you can spare a little if you're spending all this money on other things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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