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Zynga Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
405 Reviews

3.0
405 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
Don Mattrick
84 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Major dissatisfaction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Perks: food, gym, shuttle, salary, stock options.

    Cons

    People are out for themselves and will step on your back and even lie in order to advance. They are still learning how to develop games and the talent pool reflects that. Major title inflation, particularly at the studio and team leads level. Clique-ish in the extreme, particularly between management and individual contributors. Constant shifting of teams and priorities. Creativity takes a major back seat, despite recent efforts. Content is not innovative and is reskinned over and over. It's as if a bunch of recent ivy league grads jumped on an emerging market, succeeded, hired their friends and are now trying to dictate how to make sophisticated, AAA video games. They don't play games, they don't review games. All the perks in the world do not make up for these major shortcomings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    C level management needs to clean house at the E and studio lead level.

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

    there is nothing good about Zynga except for the compensation

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

    Pros

    good compensation is the only good thing. Except for that I don't find any other good thing about this job!!

    Cons

    negative career growth ( the shitty management and politics will make you even forget your previous skills), inexperienced managers, not so knowledgable people left in the company anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please get some management skills and try to make sense!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Lead Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn about data-driven product management

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people you have hired. If you dont trust them, replace them with people you trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Director

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    Former Employee - Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of leadership from top management always changing direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible senior management making awful decisions

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

    Pros

    Comp is on the higher end for gaming companies, but on the lower end relative to other public tech companies.

    There are some good folks remaining but they're all leaving like flies.

    It used to have good perks when I started, but they have gotten rid of a lot of them (no more massages, haircuts, they also laid off my trainer in December).

    Cons

    Lowest morale in all of SF and Silicon Valley right now. The last round of layoffs ended up cutting some of the best performers at Zynga (HR and C suite's decision-making abilities are questionable), leaving behind some cheaper but very mediocre performers.

    My studio has too many leads and too political to get anything done.

    All upper management cares about is pleasing the investors (not their players or employees). They haven't been able to ship a good mobile title organically, so they tap into their free cash flow and acquire other mobile gaming companies while cutting headcount. Great for the bottom line temporarily, but terrible in the long-run because some of the top performers are gone and you cannot make great games without them.

    They always claim there will not be more layoffs but a 18% layoffs occurred in May and an 15% layoffs occurred in late January. Do not believe anything upper management says anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your last round of layoffs was done carelessly. You cut some great performers and kept some very medicore performers to save several grand per year for each employee. Now the rest of us is struggling to keep afloat in an already terrible environment.

    Your investors-first policy is only great in inflating the stock price. In a good market like this, most of your talent would not bother staying even if they have not been laid off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Sr. Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time at Zynga. Great benefits and smart people.

    Cons

    To many unhappy employees dragging everyone down. Zynga speed is slow. Company needs to step it up to compete with start-up minded competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Zynga offers fair salaries

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    Former Employee - Senior Artist  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Salary was competitive overall. I had the opportunity to work with some very talented people

    Cons

    Company's products are mediocre; their catalogue is filled with too many tap grinders and slots style games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun people and environment.

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

    Pros

    The perks are great! Free food, lots of video games and they pay well too. Their benefits package is great as well. People are great and are always happy to hang out after work.

    Cons

    Second round of layoffs just happened, but most viewed this restructuring as a positive thing for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the layoffs are all over. Doing a great job, but people are noticing a severe cutback in perks. Confidence is low as it's obvious that you are looking to cut costs anywhere that is possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great people and a fantastic learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Studio Operations  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Studio Operations in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Fast paced, meritocracy and good compensation/perks

    Cons

    too many re-orgs, no clear strategy from c-staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pick one strategy and org structure and stick with it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The ads team had great leadership and the coworkers were experts in their field. I learned a lot and had fun doing so!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    + Great coworkers
    + Great office atmosphere
    + Free lunches and snacks
    + Excellent benefits

    Cons

    - The company's currently in transition which can randomize you at the high level some times.
    - Code quality varies from team to team. Some partner teams might not be as fun to work with at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Don: Keep cracking the whip and running a tight ship. In the process of running the business though, don't forget about the games!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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