Zynga
3.0 of 5 303 reviews
www.zynga.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 28, 2014
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Bad compensation, bad work/life balance, horrible upper Management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsThe people you work with are mostly young and driven. Work from home option.

Cons- HR and upper Management one of the worst I have ever experienced
- Level ups and comp increase heavily depended on how well you cuddle up to HR or upper Management
- frequent late nights and weekend work
- no transparency for anything from Level ups to why certain Studios are preferred over others

Advice to Senior Managementwake up and look at who is really working and reward those, take away some power from HR

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

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not so good.

Producer (Former Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsFun at work. No leaves policy. Flexi hours

ConsNo job security. Continuous lay offs.

Advice to Senior Managementdon hire if you cant promise their jobs

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

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Politics, nepotism, favoritism and corruption at its best

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore

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

Pros1. Very good engineers to work with, but even there the quality is going down with recent hiring and lot of good people have left due to rampant nepotism
2. Decent food

Cons1. If you are an engineer this is probably one of the worst places to work. You will often be bossed by people with no skills whasoever. In Zynga they are called Producers. Literally anybody becomes a producer here, any QA, english writers, or so called community specialists, literally anyone who knows the right boots to lick

2. HRs control too many things. The quarterly evaluation they tell you about is a joke. There is no transparency and Engineering managers have no say in appraisals. It is a close group who always keep getting the best. If you don't know how to play this game of thrones, this is not the place for you

3. Overall there is no sense of direction and you have very little control on you career direction. Today you are working one one project and tomorrow you will be put to a different project without any direction and no explanations given to you.

4. There is no transparency in any process they follow.

5. Many IIM grads. who believe they know everything are actually sinking the company. They all are trained to chase very short term goals here, as a result company is suffering. Add to that these recent graduate can actually make a senior engineer's life tough.

6. I have not come across a single good game designer in India. This is sort of understandable given there aren't any good game design institutes in India. But, here the problem is that these mediocre people are calling the shots.

7. Your technical growth stops in this company because you are always chasing short term goals, without a moment to stop and think. At times you are even expected to do data entry kind of work, and then they come up with phrases like Zynga first to justify this.

8. Best way to grow in this company if you are an engineer is a) Create a problem yourself b) Solve it couple of days later c) Send a big mail as to how you have solved the biggest problem, add in a few made up numbers, tie up with a Product manager to add in an excel sheet with all sort of manipulated information. It never fails to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementAll that glitters is not gold. Have a re-look at your quarterly review process. There are many people in this office being paid for no real work. Stop those expenses rather than cutting out benefits from deserving people

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

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HONOUR AMONG THIEVES!!!!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsIf one is a freaher it is a good place to start off with since they pay well to attract talent.
Food , food, food if you are going to enjoy this please join...
GM's are extremely talented and a good lot to work with but the corruption is so high that it takes away the pleasure of working with these people.

ConsThe crime party - Country Manager, Ops managers, HR head, HR manager..... If you would like to understand how corruption works Zynga is the best place to get this information... The management here mainly takes care of their own pockets and ensures that the lions share of bonuses fall into their pockets. The crime party never lets down each other.... The vendors they use are all names sakes of the crime party and they make a killing in each and every deal.
HR openly supports fraud and prides sexual harrassment... and you can succeed in this place only if ypu are one amongst them. TRANSPARENCY is non existent in any of the dictionaries of the management..They like to make the US feel that "ALL IS WELL".
The management lacks maturity in dealing with any any situations. Escalations go to the Country Manager and HR Head who are not people who cannot think independently and take decisions, their decisions are based on favouritism and the degree of consequence depends on how well an employee licks these peoples boots.......
Its a mini version of how politicians work in our country for their own benefit.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet Zynga make some money please!!!!

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

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Zynga is for people who like to lick the boots of HR & know to blow their trumpet well...

QA Role (Former Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsFood, Food, nothing much to mention about

Cons>> Attitude of HR [Big heads] as Appraisal, Perks & Compensation is in their Hands. Never seen a company like this before.
   Its like supreme power given to Monkeys, their experience & Maturity level is way below their knees. Professionalism, Culture & Ethics is absolutely shitty.
>> Only people who lick HR boots get good hikes & perks, all other dedicated employees are ignored.
>> Not a place for prompt, disciplined, silent & smart workers.
>> HR promises many things while offering, hardly keep such promises.

Advice to Senior Management>> Try to recognise people with open mindedness. Dont presume things & reward people of your choice.
>> All that glitters is not Gold, recognise individual's contribution towards work than their licking/boasting capabilities.
>> Stop playing with people's career. Day is not too far where everyone will witness the ship sinking.
>> Follow the 3M rule: Effective utilisation of Men, Material & Money - Core thing missing in Zynga [Colossal waste of 3M].

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

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Zynga India - synonym for Favoritism, Nepotism, Corruption

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsFood. Good enough facilities. Amiable security staff (nothing else to write !!)

ConsIn Zynga India HR and ceratain bosses has the ultimate say against any reason & justification. haughty and ludicrous HR top. Top notch favoritism. Shameless mouth-blabbering wins over dedication and skill. Corruption in art-outsourcing. The manager who initiated large amount art-outsourcing to certain indian companies draws huge amounts from them as fringe-benefit, monthly. preposterous country manager.

Basicaly The top bosses wants to pocket as much dollars as possible from USA, while all this lasts. This is a place for mouth-blabbers, smart-talkers and shameless butt-kissers. Not a place for skilled folks who consider there careers important.

Advice to Senior ManagementEnjoy your life. But remember, if you are unethical and rotten to your subordinates , it reflects everywhere, even to yourself. Why this life?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Food is the only good thing

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Bangalore

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

ProsGood food. Good compensation. There is nothing else good about Zynga.

ConsThe HR has control over everything that happens at Zynga.
Performance does not matter
Way too much office politics
Career growth takes a backseat
Contract employees are treated like crap
The money and employees are underutilized.
Its a sinking ship and nothing is being done to revive it.
Very unorganised in general.

Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with new better and creative games and not just improvise on the same old existing games.
There s way too much money spent on keeping the employees enterained which is a waste sometimes.

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

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Major dissatisfaction

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zynga full-time

ProsPerks: food, gym, shuttle, salary, stock options.

ConsPeople are out for themselves and will step on your back and even lie in order to advance. They are still learning how to develop games and the talent pool reflects that. Major title inflation, particularly at the studio and team leads level. Clique-ish in the extreme, particularly between management and individual contributors. Constant shifting of teams and priorities. Creativity takes a major back seat, despite recent efforts. Content is not innovative and is reskinned over and over. It's as if a bunch of recent ivy league grads jumped on an emerging market, succeeded, hired their friends and are now trying to dictate how to make sophisticated, AAA video games. They don't play games, they don't review games. All the perks in the world do not make up for these major shortcomings.

Advice to Senior ManagementC level management needs to clean house at the E and studio lead level.

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

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Mercenaries, not Missionaries

Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsBrilliant people who came from consulting, investment banking, and a wide range of experience. Compensation was nice, good facade of meritocracy, office had ample food and snacks. Gym was a plus. I went back recently and I thought to myself that the place looks nicer than when I left, which is odd since the company's stock value has gone down.

ConsNo work-life balance, terrible leadership, idiotic management who had rose through the ranks by bullying individuals and humiliating people. Turns out when the stock price goes sour, all of these people run for the hills because they were only in the zero-sum company for the gain they could take from others anyway. I think I learned bad habits here that I'll have to recover from - like thinking that everyone else is out to get you and to think that company politics is how all companies are run.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up a little guys. Stop trying to over-manage things. Instead, try to embody the parts of the bay area that make startups powerful. Focus on new platforms and stop trying to optimize and milk your way to profitability. Instead, test, iterate quickly, and be like the initial Zynga, not the one it's become.

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

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there is nothing good about Zynga except for the compensation

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

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

Prosgood compensation is the only good thing. Except for that I don't find any other good thing about this job!!

Consnegative career growth ( the shitty management and politics will make you even forget your previous skills), inexperienced managers, not so knowledgable people left in the company anymore.

Advice to Senior Managementplease get some management skills and try to make sense!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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