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Zynga Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.0 330 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(80 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)

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    Good benefits

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

    ProsLots of smart co-workers.

    Good benefits.

    Company provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Happy hours on Fridays.

    Management is reasonable.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Zynga does allow for a high level of autonomy and ownership of product.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits, People, Environment, Perks, Variability

    ConsCompany is transitioning and the culture, roles and responsibilities are transitioning to more of an EA model.

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    Company is past its prime but still a decent place to work

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

    ProsI was at Zynga for more than 4 years. Having joined early, I got to see the company take off and subsequently the recent pains of the past few years.

    Knowing all that, my overall experience here has been fairly positive. Things are better for those who joined early however due to receiving more stock and compensation than those who have joined later. Consequently, it seems like a lot of the older folks are still here while those who have been here for a year or two quickly find something else and leave.

    The company direction isn't great but if you come into grips with the situation and silo yourself within your immediate group, then you'll find passionate people who really care about what they do and also some of the smartest people I've had the pleasure working for.

    And the perks? Awesome. Free food, free gym, shuttles, pretax on transit programs. The culinary department is probably the best performing division and most consistent group within the company. Having been served countless lunches and dinners over the past 4 years, I heartily say thank you to them.

    ConsDirection of the company is not great. Company lacks a culture of innovation and products that the company pushes out are lacking and cannot compare with competitors. I don't see that changing anytime soon unfortunately.

    Company has a lot of cash but pivots constantly with constant re-orgs which throw out everything that was previously done. I've had so many teams and managers in the past year that it's frustrating.

    My best advice is to put your head down, get what you can and learn what you can, and to not let it bother you too much. Otherwise the politics will and can kill this place for someone.

    Having to worry about layoffs all the time suck. Having been through both of them, they were huge morale drainers and made a lot of people jaded about staying, almost to the point of just zombie'ing through their career here. People joke about wanting to stay just to get laid off also and get the severence, not the best work environment to be in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace innovation and focus

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

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

    ProsThere's a pretty good work-life balance, depending on the team you're on. The benefits and perks offered are great and the teammates I have worked with are awesome. And there's always the chance that you get to work on interesting tasks.

    ConsDue to cost reduction, some perks were taken away. There's a huge gap between what management says about promotions and raises to what actually happen. Given the recent major changes at the company, in some situations, promotions have simply stalled.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe mindful about the teams you have and don't go laying off people while hiring for similar positions on other teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Huge Learning Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat perks, Lots of personal growth

    ConsEmotional atmosphere of the company after all of the bad press

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep following through with the vision set in place

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    Hard, but fun...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood people, you learn a lot, and perks are good, but diminishing over time.

    ConsManagement is kinda hit or miss, a lot of missed opportunities, some cronyism at the higher levels

    Advice to Senior ManagementMeritocracy means not just taking care of your favorites...it means taking care of the best

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

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    Loved it! Great coworkers-Lots of talent.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat games, Free food, bonuses, gym

    ConsUpper management treats employees like they are numbers. You never know when your project will get cut and you are out of a job-- no matter how good you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalent and people are HUGE assets. Respect them, they are not mere numbers. They are what drive the company.

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    Getting much better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, new leadership with a plan, lots of opportunity, good work-life balance with necessary crunch times, agile and experienced teams to collaborate with.

    ConsStill some uncertainty, data driven tactics limit creative risks

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on a clear roadmap and stick to it. Give employees stability. Foster an "I could retire here" feeling to stand out in the industry and attract top veteran talent.

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

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    a good company for you to level up your skills

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    Prosthe work environment is comparably good
    people you're working with are nice & smart
    you're free to learn more in whatever internal area you're interested

    Consstrategy is not correct & speedy enough
    too many titles have been cut in creation
    less opportunities for you to level up in some divisions

    Advice to Senior Managementallow employees to gain more personal growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAwesome work culture with full of fun. Benefits are great: food, beverages, gym.

    ConsGoing from start up to a corporate game company was very rough for everyone we've been through a lot of growing pains

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

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