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

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Opportunity 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.

Cons

Start-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.

Other Employee Reviews for Zynga

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Fun place to work. Young & vibrant."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Benefits. Vibrant work environment. Game development has its perks and fun. Best IT team that provisions best of breed software/hardware for you. Living/Working in San Francisco which has one of the finest weather in the country! Restricted Stock Units won't hurt. Pre-IPO company.

    Cons

    Very volatile environment as company is changing rapidly. Can be unsettling for those who have previous work experience on more mature and stable companies.


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Why Would Anybody with Any Skills or Experience Want to Work Here Now?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Free lunch and dinner
    -Can bring dogs to work
    -Pre-IPO (although if you joined after 2009 you won't get much)
    -Gain large-scale web application experience
    -Lots of free beer
    -Opportunity to network with some pretty smart people

    Cons

    -Anybody that joined after April 2011 are all misinformed and will get peanuts for equity. In fact, if you joined after December of 09, you have missed out on several stock splits already. Stock might be single digits per share.
    -No automatic annual pay increase, so you better level up if you want your salary to go up.
    -Very fast pace with a lot of internal competition.
    -People are pushed to the max with aggressive deadlines, but employees often don't believe in the products they are working day and night to deliver.
    -Incompetent managers
    -Company spends money like crazy, but no necessarily to the liking of the mass.
    -The whole culture is very stressful with little in terms of nurturing the right type of employee motivation.
    -Terrible work life balance
    -No free parking around building
    -Very unprofessional HR department
    -Actively slashing employees
    -Hack jobs instead of good designs often rule the day
    -*******WILL KILL YOUR SOCIAL LIFE!!!********

    -First company going public to have mainly RSU. Management is screwing over employees big time in terms of equity value, but few actually realize this. Issuing RSU and deducting 40% for tax reasons is essentially the company forcing employees to sell stocks back to the company at a price that the company determines.

    Advice to Management

    Survey employees about HR, in particular the RMO - Most unprofessional individual(s) ever! I believe 70% of the HR team needs to get fired for incompetence and rudeness.

    People will be more loyal to the company if such harsh rules such as converting to RSU instead of ISO and forcing employees to give up 40%+ of their stocks and having to pay taxes later on on stocks with an artificially low basis. People will eventually realize how much their take-home amount is and will quit in masses. It is also very unethical to over-hire, only to cut people to make your numbers.

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