Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
366 Reviews
3.1
366 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 57 reviews)

  • Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays (in 42 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun company with super smart people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are incredibly smart, helpful and collaborative.
    Employees are challenged, but not overworked.
    Great perks- delicious meals and awesome gym on-site, including a basketball court.
    People notice when you do good work and you usually get recognized for it.

    Cons

    It's not as "hot" of a company as it used to be, so it's lost some talented people over the last couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retaining your top employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you can handle it, you'll excel.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - People - Love or hate the games, the people behind this company are it's best asset. Smart, driven, fast and always open to help, you'll be pulled forward by them and if you're smart enough to find a good mentor, they'll help you push yourself to new heights. Go for the people!
    - Be your own CEO - Ability to own and impact large areas of whatever you're working on with distributed decision making.
    - Zynga Speed == Pragmatic - To move fast you have to make trade-offs and this place will teach you how to do it better than anyone out there.
    - Zynga First - Egos get pushed aside when someone challenges you with "is that Zynga first?"
    - Meritocracy - Doesn't matter if you're in QA, Documentation or Design, your voice gets heard and the best ideas rise to the top if people have the confidence to speak up.
    - Level Up - If you aspire to move up and can both build and execute upon a plan to grow your career then Zynga will reward you with upwards mobility. Just don't think working REALLY hard is enough, it's not, you need to show results.
    - Innovate - the games might not always show it (see cons) but internally the company is never afraid to change itself, processes, teams or tech in order to move forward. Sometimes that's a messy thing but at least it breaks the old molds and creates new ones.

    Cons

    - Insane hard pace at times, you'll burn out if you can't figure out how to stay healthy (which is your responsibility).
    - Regurgitation - games can be very derivative and there are economies of scale in doing so, move around to make sure you don't get bored, 1 year per team.
    - Ruled by Numbers - sometimes you need to use gut and intuition but those aren't always trusted if there's no comparable numbers to look at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address financial matters with transparency and honesty and you'll re-kindle the flame that started Zynga.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great benefits and coworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - UI Designer
    Former Employee - UI Designer

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits- health, sick time, competitive salary, etc.
    Great facilities- kitchen, snacks, game rooms, hardware
    Mostly great people - talented and fun coworkers

    Cons

    Lots of restructuring and shifting.
    Industry based on franchise hits.
    Analytics drive EVERYTHING.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exhausting, high-pressure environment

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work, opportunities to work with large-scale analytic data, and a very fast turnaround from ideas to action. Free food & stuff if that is important to you. Fun co-workers.

    Cons

    Very, very tiring. Relentless demands on your time - late nights, weekend work, always feeling like you're behind. Pay was better than other options by say 20%, but easily worked 40% more than other positions = you're getting paid less for your time, which is your life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    fine company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    good culture, nice people, good benefits

    Cons

    lack of perspective, not really stable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work on casual games

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    Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and everyone works as a team to get things done.

    Cons

    Upper management seems directionless and don't know how to create any new games except for FarmVille.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop copying other games.
    Commit to new ideas.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart co-workers.

    Good benefits.

    Company provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Happy hours on Fridays.

    Management is reasonable.

    Cons

    Depending on the project teams, some teams need to work longer hours than usual.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to be a PM. Terrible place for creatives.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great food, liberal vacation policy (if you can use it), little red tape, smart people, good location, bike and dog friendly.

    Cons

    Broken design culture, PM dominated decision making, short term focus, poor bonuses, mediocre salaries, brutal workloads, terrible team management, constant barking, high turnover, lots of politics and yes-men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make games people will love playing and people will love making. Pay employees wages needed to live in San Francisco. Profit share more. Stop wasting your employees. Stop making copies and create something original.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, but lacking direction and career development

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits (medical/dental premium covered 100%, amazing food from the culinary staff, great coffee, snacks)

    Cons

    While Don Mattrick and other executives focus on hiring their friends into senior management positions, we continue to lose tons of talented employees who do the actual work on our products (engineers, PMs, designers).

    Most of the employees I know haven't received a significant title change or real salary bump in more than two years. And I don't see this changing anytime soon.

    Constant reorganizations and priority changes derail any progress teams are making. Teams are expected to be in a constant crunch mode, and we are given very little clarity on the company's priorities. Employees doing the day-to-day work are asked to do more with less—meanwhile the company continues to aggressively hire senior managers and directors who don't actually help with the production of games. This strategy does nothing but add additional layers of unnecessary bureaucracy that make our jobs even harder.

    Big decisions seem to be made on a whim, causing lots of thrash as teams scramble to comply with the executive "idea of the week" and delay progress on milestones that really matter. It seems like with every project we are reinventing the wheel with respect to the software development process. None of this process, and none of the key questions to ask during that process, should be new to anyone in management at a software company!

    Morale at the company seems to be at an all-time low. You often hear stories about Zynga's earlier years where people were excited to work hard and stay late at the office. It's just not the case now. People cheer with excitement for one another when they hear a friend found a job elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to understand how much you make teams scramble on a day-to-day basis with strange requests and questions asked on a whim that pull entire teams off important work so their managers and executives can save face.

    We need more quality control and innovation in our products and in our leadership practices.

    Management needs to seriously consider the impact attrition is having on our work culture. When you see great colleagues leaving every week, it makes you really question your position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Terrible culture, terrible people and a terrible product

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst I
    Former Employee - QA Analyst I

    I worked at Zynga as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food. Lots of cute puppies around.

    Cons

    Where to start? Upper management is inept. Games are clones of clones (well done clones, but still). Original thought is not wanted nor needed. Terrible terrible place to work at. The company has been suffering some serious brain drain over the past 3 years as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Women and children first. bail sailors, bail bail bail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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