Zynga Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
408 Reviews

3.0
408 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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86 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience, but

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible time-offs, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance. For about 2 years all I've done was work non-stop because there was no other way around it. Meritocracy doesn't really work when everyone is competing against each other and we all end up burning out with little rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are many workers who have poor management, and therefore no matter how hard they work they are never acknowledged. Management needs to be a bit more on top of looking after the people working for them such as promotions and quarterly goals. Things have gotten much too unorganized due to some people having unsure goals, or no goals to strive for and achieve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Zynga - room of growth if management execute it right!

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

    I have been working at Zynga for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Cons

    Management is in the midst of course correction...poor communication from the top is not inspiring confidence. Office politics is affecting and preventing work from getting done right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are your greatest asset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior management makes decisions based on what is best for investor not player or employee!

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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

    Pros

    Relatively high comp for gaming but lower end compared to other tech companies.

    Food is good. Facilities people are super friendly!

    Cons

    Very top heavy in certain studios where little gets done since everyone wants his/her voice heard.

    Terrible work/life balance.

    Short-term decisions made before end of each quarter to drive revenue. Some of these decisions were not beneficial to the game in the long-term.

    My studio was super cliquey: if you didn't suck up to the GM or senior people, consider yourself a layoffs target despite good performance.

    Layoffs in January were done unthought fully - purely to let investors know we are cutting costs and yet started to hire for the roles right away. Many of the individuals cut were some of the most talented employees we had!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sooner or later, Wall Street will see that you are simply just checking off all the boxes to lift stock prices in the short term.

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

    Analytics first, games second

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

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

    Pros

    On site gym, decent free lunches, smart employees, well-structured teams, solid compensation

    Cons

    zero passion for games, some problems with work life balance, constant barking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're a games company. Keep your focus on metrics, but hire some people who have a passion for games, not just money.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fast paced with opportunity for growth

    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity for advancement. Amazing perks and a great work balance for the most part. Fun product with great coworkers.

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction from upper management. There seems to be company wide reorgs every other month which greatly affect culture and company direction

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience but ruined by under qualified middle management.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Game 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 ManagementAdvice

    Being in a company for long time does not automatically make them a good manager.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting place to work!

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  11.  

    Good place to work, bad place to grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging and fun, learns a lot. Team is fun and friendly.

    Cons

    Management and decision making becomes horrible after the company is going down and desperately looking for a way out. Lots of talented people left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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