Zynga - Nice Perks and Benefits, Poor Morale, Meritocracy is Dead | Glassdoor
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"Nice Perks and Benefits, Poor Morale, Meritocracy is Dead"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Zynga

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great learning opportunity at the time but disorganized with a very abrasive culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with very intelligent, ambitious and driven colleagues (and get to build a network with these folks). You will most likely have the opportunity to learn a lot in your field. The perks (free food, snacks, happy hours etc...) were not bad either.

    The best aspect for working for Zynga was the career opportunities it opened up. However, I feel this is diminishing as the company continues to decline.

    Cons

    The company is very disorganized and so political that the environment has often been described as a modern day "Game of Thrones." Incentives across cross-functional teams are horribly misaligned, and lead to a lot of internal confrontation.

    The environment is currently very very unstable with high levels of attrition across the entire organization. Most employees have been at the company for less than a year since experienced employees often leave for greener pastures. To make things worse, it has become difficult to attract domain experts as they have more attractive options elsewhere.

    I should emphasize there is a lot of infighting between teams, which is extremely counter-productive and leads to lots of daily stress

    You will run into employees with absurdly high-egos, the company does not believe in the "no a**hole" rule.

    Given the disorganized structure, political infighting across teams, and high levels of attrition...the company is the pinnacle of the "everyone for themselves" organization...it truly is a free for all. Do not look for mentorship or expect to see great leadership here, you will find neither.

    Lastly, there is zero work-life balance - you will be overworked (churn and burn).

    Advice to Management

    Start over.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Employees treated great - but no vision and all talk of innovation is just noise"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Catered meals every day, great benefits, decent pay, good creative people with a lot of talent, good workstations, not too much crunch

    Cons

    most good ideas are ignored, high turnover, company says it needs to innovate yet it slams the door in the face of any actual unproven innovation. The company seems to like the buzz words but not the actual meaning behind any of them.

    Advice to Management

    You can talk the talk, but you don't seem to have any one in charge who actually is willing to walk the walk. Figure out who is stifling the innovation and get rid of them.

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