Zynga Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 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.  

    Go in expecting to work hard, come out with many new skills

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

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

    Pros

    - For Product Managers, it's basically boot camp. Don't plan to stay long, but you will learn a ton while there
    - Very rigorous a comprehensive on decision making and analysis
    - Go in with expectations that you won't have much work/life balance and things will be okay
    - Operationally, very efficient, great infrastructure
    - At least back in 2011/2012 - you genuinely felt like all teams were staffed with some of the best in the world at what they do (and for those that weren't - they still aspired to be the best)

    Cons

    (Depending on studio, the environment would vary greatly)

    The Game Designer opinions have traditionally been steam rolled by stats/PM - hence the games generally lack innovation. The stats have a higher probability of moving a metric, however those optimisations rarely lead to a better experience in the long run

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you can handle it, you'll excel.

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - People - Love or hate the games, the people behind this company are it's best asset. Smart, driven, fast and always open to help, you'll be pulled forward by them and if you're smart enough to find a good mentor, they'll help you push yourself to new heights. Go for the people!
    - Be your own CEO - Ability to own and impact large areas of whatever you're working on with distributed decision making.
    - Zynga Speed == Pragmatic - To move fast you have to make trade-offs and this place will teach you how to do it better than anyone out there.
    - Zynga First - Egos get pushed aside when someone challenges you with "is that Zynga first?"
    - Meritocracy - Doesn't matter if you're in QA, Documentation or Design, your voice gets heard and the best ideas rise to the top if people have the confidence to speak up.
    - Level Up - If you aspire to move up and can both build and execute upon a plan to grow your career then Zynga will reward you with upwards mobility. Just don't think working REALLY hard is enough, it's not, you need to show results.
    - Innovate - the games might not always show it (see cons) but internally the company is never afraid to change itself, processes, teams or tech in order to move forward. Sometimes that's a messy thing but at least it breaks the old molds and creates new ones.

    Cons

    - Insane hard pace at times, you'll burn out if you can't figure out how to stay healthy (which is your responsibility).
    - Regurgitation - games can be very derivative and there are economies of scale in doing so, move around to make sure you don't get bored, 1 year per team.
    - Ruled by Numbers - sometimes you need to use gut and intuition but those aren't always trusted if there's no comparable numbers to look at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address financial matters with transparency and honesty and you'll re-kindle the flame that started Zynga.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nice time overall with various degree of challenges here and there

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    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

    - Great perks
    - Awesome office and facilities
    - Generally fun-loving employees

    Cons

    - They cut back bonus in 2013
    - It gets very political across the company. Lots of finger pointing, lack of accountability, and individuals or groups trying to hog credits when it's not due

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't get bogged down in analysis paralysis. Lots of PM are really good with analyzing trends and data at zynga to generate expected revenue insights. But to make great game, you need relentless focus in (often times) non-quantifiable efforts such as innovation and creativity.
    - Enforce accountability in each department by not having double-dip P&L responsibility with shared support functions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun company with super smart people.

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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

    The people are incredibly smart, helpful and collaborative.
    Employees are challenged, but not overworked.
    Great perks- delicious meals and awesome gym on-site, including a basketball court.
    People notice when you do good work and you usually get recognized for it.

    Cons

    It's not as "hot" of a company as it used to be, so it's lost some talented people over the last couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retaining your top employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great benefits and coworkers

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    Former Employee - UI Designer
    Former Employee - UI Designer

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

    Pros

    Great benefits- health, sick time, competitive salary, etc.
    Great facilities- kitchen, snacks, game rooms, hardware
    Mostly great people - talented and fun coworkers

    Cons

    Lots of restructuring and shifting.
    Industry based on franchise hits.
    Analytics drive EVERYTHING.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Absolutely dreadful.

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    Former Employee - Customer Support
    Former Employee - Customer Support

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

    Pros

    Free food, health benefits, decent pay depending on location.

    Cons

    If you do not work for the HQ, do not expect your voice to be recognized. You will be forever stuck in a loop where "US matters more", and none of your projects will ever be considered seriously. There is a LOT of red tape going on, HR despite being nice people are just puppets who hand out forms and don't know how to handle employees who haven't been brainwashed by Zynga's corporate speech. Career opportunities are inexistant unless you are a "yes" man. Never have I felt so useless than when I was working for Zynga.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why open international offices if you're not willing to take into account the feedback of your international teams? Zynga is a big company and it is somewhat complicated to take everyone's opinions into account, but it looks like everyone in the upper management does their best at ignoring any rising issues and focus on irrelevant metrics. Listen to global feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work on casual games

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and everyone works as a team to get things done.

    Cons

    Upper management seems directionless and don't know how to create any new games except for FarmVille.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop copying other games.
    Commit to new ideas.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    fine company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    good culture, nice people, good benefits

    Cons

    lack of perspective, not really stable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good benefits

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart co-workers.

    Good benefits.

    Company provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Happy hours on Fridays.

    Management is reasonable.

    Cons

    Depending on the project teams, some teams need to work longer hours than usual.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stay away from chaos

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    Current Employee - Art Director  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    breakfast, food, beers and snacks

    Cons

    politically charge atmosphere in SF, terrible management and lack of visions,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop all the Ville games that all look similar, Don likes cash and not actually fixing the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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