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Zynga Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 330 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(81 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

330 Employee Reviews
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    Worked there pre-Farmville; incredibly smart colleagues

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart people with whom to work; people worked incredibly hard; demanding environment

    ConsLearned a ton; very little challenging that I could see of CEO

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot relevant as left several years ago.

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    UI designer

    UI Designer (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Prosgreat talent to work with

    Consthere are some remote office communication issue

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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)

    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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    Love working here

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsLots of opportunity for growth, interesting and ever changing tech, mobile development, great team of people.

    ConsSoda machine never gets refilled.

    Advice to Senior Management-

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    Talented people , horrible management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTalented People. Good exposure to new technologies.

    ConsHorrible management, lack foresightedness. Bad skills.

     

    Exciting place to work!

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros- Free food
    - Challenging work
    - Opportunity for growth
    - Decent salaries
    -Fun, fast paced work environment

    Cons- work life balance gets affected
    - too much of restructuring in the company
    - always worried / fearful of the company standing

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick to one strategy and structure and believe in it.
    Constant restructuring has demotivated most of the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting, Fun space

    Quality Assurance Intern (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsFree food! Fun people and a lot of cool projects

    ConsNot too many actually, although sometimes you will have to stay into the night to finish launches depending on your team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    challenging work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosvery high compensation, lots of opportunity to take ownership and be promoted. challenging work.

    Consfast paced, high stress, company didnt do well after a while. ipo really deflated the company.

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    Good place to work. Lots of nice perks. Good experience.

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

    Pros- Free food
    - Onsite gym
    - Decent salaries

    Cons- Occasional grinds
    - Young managers who aren't good at career planning for individual contributors

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

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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Frustrating

    Lead Product Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    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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