Zynga
3.0 of 5 302 reviews
www.zynga.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Zynga Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.0 302 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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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Free food and snacks are good and did offset some of the salary cut the pre-ipo hired took"
    in 48 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 38 reviews
  • "Long hours, exhaustion, some mandatory weekends that are arbitrarily chosen"
    in 25 reviews
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Good place to work, bad place to grow

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementDon't be so political.

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

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UI Designer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

Prosgreat talent to work with

Consthere are some remote office communication issue

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Worked there pre-Farmville; incredibly smart colleagues

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zynga

ProsSmart people with whom to work; people worked incredibly hard; demanding environment

ConsLearned a ton; very little challenging that I could see of CEO

Advice to Senior ManagementNot relevant as left several years ago.

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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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Talented people , horrible management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zynga

ProsTalented People. Good exposure to new technologies.

ConsHorrible management, lack foresightedness. Bad skills.

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Exciting place to work!

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
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 Senior ManagementStick to one strategy and structure and believe in it.
Constant restructuring has demotivated most of the employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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Good place to work. Lots of nice perks. Good experience.

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

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

Pros- Free food
- Onsite gym
- Decent salaries

Cons- Occasional grinds
- Young managers who aren't good at career planning for individual contributors

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

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Thanks Zynga, it was fun!

Office Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

ProsGreat benefits, great co-workers, work-life balance was definitely better than most tech companies (IMO), fun, vibrant, always changing work flow.

ConsManagement decisions that seemed half hazard or last minute, lack of clear goals or direction for the long haul, no "level up" or mentoring possibilities for anyone who is NOT an Engineer, volatile environment (fearful, worrisome, unsteady footing).

Advice to Senior ManagementI loved my time at Zynga Seattle and wouldn't trade it for anything. I also wish the company the very best going forward, I hope Z can pull out of their seeming tail-spin and right itself for the long haul. My co-workers (the team of folks I worked with in Seattle, at HQ, and other remotes) were AMAZING people, some of the best I've ever had the pleasure to work with or for. I hope you'll remember that when making decisions to close locations or shut down departments in the future. You can't "create" good people, be careful how quick you are to cut them loose.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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