Zynga Reviews

Updated 13 September 2014
Updated 13 September 2014
349 Reviews
3.0
349 Reviews
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Zynga CEO Don Mattrick
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91 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.  

    Needs structuring and planning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Works on great technologies as being a gaming company have to. Work-life balance is not an issue. With the new CEO company is moving to become a mature MNC. People were great but not now. Although hiring is going on which have attracted some great people to the company.

    Cons

    Rewards are not as per the mark. You might not get rewarded for your hardwork if you belong to some game whichi is not doing great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more planning and build games in India as well instead of just transistioning dying games. Also hire some better PM , all PM's currently are of no use although they are from IIMs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not really a good place for engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Fun Place to Work , Free Food, Good Opportunities for personal growth, you get to work on games played by thousands of players.

    Cons

    Not really a good place for engineers. Most engineers get to work on sunset games transitioned from the US with the aim of keeping the revenue stable for some time.
    Company not doing well ans has had multiple layoffs in the past

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good for chilling out , no technical work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Awesome , i think ultimate food
    Good amount of Swags
    Good Salary(Initially when you join)
    Extra curriculars

    Cons

    Non Technical work , only copy paste(Atleast in India center)
    Pathetic or no salary hikes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire people for Bangalore center , tell them exactly what they have to do , I have seen your HRs just making them speak with some people who will tell them lies about work just to make join. This should not be happening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer I  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - QA Engineer I in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Great work environment.
    Liberal in working hours.
    Less stress
    High Standards

    Cons

    Politics and Bad review of skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    flexible, free, fun workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    good working environment, fast paced and highly creative and technically skilled peers

    Cons

    remuneration is less for the effort we put in, and the career growth is kinda of neutral or depends on he manager you get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need good remunerations for the effort we put in to the company round the clock.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Fun work environment. Good games. Overall enjoyable. I love to play the games they build. especially farmville and casino mafia

    Cons

    Not much I can think of. Fun work environment. Good games. Overall enjoyable. I love to play the games they build. especially farmville and casino mafia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad compensation, bad work/life balance, horrible upper Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    wake up and look at who is really working and reward those, take away some power from HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good facilities but lousy work culture and people management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent free food, recreational facilities, flexi hours, wfh option, unlimited leave policy.

    Cons

    You won't get any visibility, promotions, pay hikes or bonuses without sucking up to Indian HR. If you're a pet of HR, life is made for you here. Blatant favouritism displayed by HR. Game teams are favoured over other support teams. Plenty of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees who turn in good work. Stop centering so much power in HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing till 2011. Changed drastically most that

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Zynga still has some talented people to work with. There is a strong analytical culture that if done right (like the early years) can be a great learning opportunity for people.

    Cons

    Lost focus over time. Early employees left or checked out.
    The management let strong people leave and were left with some poor employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees like the early years. Keep on your toes to keep innovating and looking for new disruptions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    An Ok company with lots of cash, poor technology, very bad managers and no strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Food is amazing.
    Work will be recognized and lots of cash / promotions will follow if you work hard. Never felt underpaid here or ever thought about not getting that hike. Hikes are good. Gift cards are given generously for even small achievements.
    I have a very satisfied work life balance. May be because I am not in the game teams.
    Facilities do an awesome job here. Employees are regularly treated with great food on occasion of festivals and others.

    Cons

    Managers do not contribute at all. They just sit and spend their time playing politics.And most managers are either over qualified or totally under qualified for their jobs. While the former are good but less in number. The latter are worthless and do a real shoddy job here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make managers responsible for everything that his team does or does wrong. Train them to run a team properly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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