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

Zynga Reviews

Updated Mar 11, 2014
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3.0 303 reviews

                             

53% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(58 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Love working here

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

I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 8 years

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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Exciting, Fun space

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

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

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

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challenging work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zynga

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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The best place I've ever worked at. Think about my Z family often.

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

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

Pros-Incredible amount of drive, intellectual horsepower and fun co workers.
-We had an insatiable appetite to win and learn as much as we could.
-Company felt like it operated in a unified front for many years
-Quarterly rewards/recognition
-incredibly talented culinary team & holistic health care services
-Transparent CEO (at the time Mark) who had a passion for people and the product
-Very approachable and personable leadership team
-We worked long hours for something we believed in (the sweatshop comments are hilarious). No one forces you to work long hours. If you can cultivate an environment where people truly care and put in the amount of effort - it's a pro in my book.
-Some of the smartest most down to earth folks you can work with in the valley

Cons-We were trailblazing an industry with social games and there was a lot changes in that drop of a dime
-We could have done earlier training/dev of management to prepare for the rapid growth
-No sophisticated system in place to track how often comp wasn't reviewed

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to focus on the people that have maintained focus and dedication to the product. We are all still rooting for you!

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

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Great people and a fantastic learning experience.

Studio Operations (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsFast paced, meritocracy and good compensation/perks

Constoo many re-orgs, no clear strategy from c-staff

Advice to Senior Managementpick one strategy and org structure and stick with it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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There is free food and dogs here.

Desktop Support Technician (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Zynga as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThe people at Zynga come in all kinds, they are fun and willing to help you get your groove as soon as possible.

There is endless amounts of food and snacks, and its always changing so you'll always be trying out new things.

Dogs! There are dogs everywhere, if you are an employee and you have a dog, remember, its bring your dog to work day everyday.

ConsSome of the users that we would get just wouldn't make our job easier, even though most of the people at Zynga are great, there are always those that just only care about themselves.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagers are supposed to make decisions for you, but there can be some that make the decisions that their employees will not agree with. Make sure that the problem you are trying to fix is something that bothers everyone else, not just you.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Super Fun Company

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

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

ProsLots of fun, High base salary, People are nice, Good Benefit

ConsNot very stable, Stock is low, Hard to ship attracting games

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

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Great to place to learn product management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Zynga

Pros- Smart colleagues
- Data-driven culture
- Good office/food/benefit
- Location
- Open to recruite smart people with no PM/Tech experience

Cons- Instability for the future
- The culture varies by studios

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on what we are good at.

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

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Unique place to work

Senior Game Designer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsGood pay, good benefits, excellent culinary department, but most of all great people.

ConsYou need to have an intense interest in social games. It's also still mostly driven by metrics and needs more emphasis on good game design.

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

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I learned more than I've ever learned anywhere else.

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

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

ProsWork with highly intelligent people on interesting mobile development problems. Also, they have free food and gym membership!

ConsThe reputation of their games is pretty bad, so everyone made fun of me for working there. They made fun of me even more for enjoying it. Also, because of this reputation (and the poor market value of the company) moral was super low.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake some games that aren't just money hungry. Make some games that the employees can be proud of. Don't just fast follow, make real new and innovative games.

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

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