Zynga Reviews

Updated 13 August 2014
Updated 13 August 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  

    disrespectful and disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Food
    Bring your dog to work

    Cons

    - Very little accountability across all the levels. Layer after layer of bullshitting leads to one after another horrible management decisions. Lack of self-awareness of the business (or forced to jack up the numbers). If you aim for building up your integrity and expertise, this is not where you want to start your career
    - Culture of disrespect creates a hostile atmosphere. If you can't handle personal attack and finger pointing, it's better for you to stay away from zynga
    - No transparency in performance review and promotion. They throw titles at people's face when people want to leave . Thus most people there with the word "Manager" "Director in their titles don't know how to develop and lead a team at all. Ironically, this mid-management team with inflated title will not hesitate to dress their team members down in front of crowds or behind close doors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some respect to people's hard work and LISTEN to what people are talking about. At the end of the day, fancy office doesn't matter, the so called zynga speed doesn't matter, how many people got promoted or kicked out doesn't matter. What matters is to make ONE goddamn good game

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sweatshopville

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Slave
    Former Employee - Slave

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

    Pros

    you got free t-shirts and they used to have all the snacks you could eat, but then cut back on that.

    Cons

    they claim to rely heavily on metrics, but ignore the metrics in favor of hoping real hard that things will magically get better. slow to adjust to new information, willing to manipulate and scam users, and devoid of any bold ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    close up shop. prior to the new ceo coming in, they were dead in the water. stagnant. afraid. living in the past. culture of "meritocracy" didn't work because middle management stole credit for good ideas and hard work in order to keep their bonuses high, until bonuses were cut anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for less than a 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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    Clueless Monster

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Lead
    Current Employee - Customer Service Lead

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

    Pros

    A gaming giant inevitably - Who can forget FarmVille? Who doesn't know Country Escape?

    Cons

    Recently it all came down to money. If it generates money - Retain. If it doesn't - Close. Politics is everywhere but for sure in this place its very intense. Meritocracy applies for favorites, not for performers. Most, if not all managers are clueless on what and how the frontliners are doing. They are merely email respondents telling to follow up a request.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people from your other sites and or BPO partners! Learn how to appreciate and retain talent and value them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor discusting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    no one sorry no compensation want of ever no - coworker experiences

    Cons

    wake up early for low money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep your self in college

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

    Very bad, immature company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    There really isn't a lot to say here, unfortunately.

    Cons

    Very poor culture, talent, operations, and executive staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reset everything. Great choice to remove Pincus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Major dissatisfaction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    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
  9. 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 (US)
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mercenaries, not Missionaries

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people who came from consulting, investment banking, and a wide range of experience. Compensation was nice, good facade of meritocracy, office had ample food and snacks. Gym was a plus. I went back recently and I thought to myself that the place looks nicer than when I left, which is odd since the company's stock value has gone down.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, terrible leadership, idiotic management who had rose through the ranks by bullying individuals and humiliating people. Turns out when the stock price goes sour, all of these people run for the hills because they were only in the zero-sum company for the gain they could take from others anyway. I think I learned bad habits here that I'll have to recover from - like thinking that everyone else is out to get you and to think that company politics is how all companies are run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up a little guys. Stop trying to over-manage things. Instead, try to embody the parts of the bay area that make startups powerful. Focus on new platforms and stop trying to optimize and milk your way to profitability. Instead, test, iterate quickly, and be like the initial Zynga, not the one it's become.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Employees were great, honest, and funny..

    Cons

    Different departments DO NOT work together at all. There is NO cooperation between different groups on even important projects.
    Do not expect direction or guidance from your manager, or even support.
    Managers do not create and implement effective policies or processes.
    No communication of important initiatives and programs company-wide.

    There are massive lay-offs every year, and the best people are laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees on where the company is going, and what the long term strategy is, and how employees fir in.
    Mandate that teams work together.
    Communicate important initiatives and programs to all employees.
    Be

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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