Zynga
3.0 of 5 302 reviews
www.zynga.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Zynga Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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53% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(58 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Free food and snacks are good and did offset some of the salary cut the pre-ipo hired took"
    in 48 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 38 reviews
  • "Long hours, exhaustion, some mandatory weekends that are arbitrarily chosen"
    in 25 reviews
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Lead Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsGreat opportunity to learn about data-driven product management

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

Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the people you have hired. If you dont trust them, replace them with people you trust.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Director (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

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

ConsLack of leadership from top management always changing direction.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Previous Room for Growth. Needs more Direction or Actual follow up on Direction made

Producer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

Pros-Room for growth (at least when I was there)
-Free food and snacks
-Potential to make a position
-Lots to learn in a face paced environment

Cons-More time spent on restructuring than making games
-Product Managers rule the roost
-Lots of emphasis put on making fun games, but it doesn't happen
-Direction comes from up top, but is rarely followed or enforced
-Depending on org, there may be no direction

Advice to Senior ManagementBe open with communication and actually give direction. No org should go months with no idea of OKRs, or hear randomly from someone else how bad they are doing. Not only should direction should be given, it needs follow up to make sure people are doing work that is in accordance with that direction.

On top of that, Managers need to manage. Too much freedom is a bad thing. If you don't assign work to someone then they have no idea what to do, which does not allow them to grow as an employee.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good learning experience but ruined by under qualified middle management.

Art Director (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsLots of great perks like free lunch, dinners, gym membership and snacks. Lots of talented people.

ConsGame company that puts very little emphasis on fun and long term good of the game. Too many under qualified & experienced middle managers who does not know how to manage.

Advice to Senior ManagementBeing in a company for long time does not automatically make them a good manager.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work with.

QA Engineer I (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

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

ProsGreat work environment.
Liberal in working hours.
Less stress
High Standards

ConsPolitics and Bad review of skills.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible senior management making awful decisions

Designer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsComp 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).

ConsLowest 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 Senior ManagementYour 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Zynga as a contractor

Prosflexible hours, recruiters are helpful

ConsBeing a contractor is terrible--no benefits, can't be involved in Zynga activities, can't use the gym..ect

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Senior Manager (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsTo 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 Senior ManagementGood luck.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The best place I've ever worked at. Think about my Z family often.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

Pros-Incredible amount of drive, intellectual horsepower and fun co workers.
-We had an insatiable appetite to win and learn as much as we could.
-Company felt like it operated in a unified front for many years
-Quarterly rewards/recognition
-incredibly talented culinary team & holistic health care services
-Transparent CEO (at the time Mark) who had a passion for people and the product
-Very approachable and personable leadership team
-We worked long hours for something we believed in (the sweatshop comments are hilarious). No one forces you to work long hours. If you can cultivate an environment where people truly care and put in the amount of effort - it's a pro in my book.
-Some of the smartest most down to earth folks you can work with in the valley

Cons-We were trailblazing an industry with social games and there was a lot changes in that drop of a dime
-We could have done earlier training/dev of management to prepare for the rapid growth
-No sophisticated system in place to track how often comp wasn't reviewed

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to focus on the people that have maintained focus and dedication to the product. We are all still rooting for you!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people and a fantastic learning experience.

Studio Operations (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFast paced, meritocracy and good compensation/perks

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

Advice to Senior Managementpick one strategy and org structure and stick with it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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