That is how i was welcomed to the team."
"Poor Leaders, very fast pace, no life outside of Zynga. Work many hours for nothing in return. Everyone is miserable there and just waiting to get rich. Its a total joke!"
"One of the company values is something called 'Zynga Speed', which means accepting that quality will be sacrificed and long hours will be expected, over and over again. For employees aged over 25 this means your years of experience in your field will be routinely ignored; just to get the job done, you will be expected to abandon just about every principle you have learned as a skilled professional."
"You're basically forced to work 60-80 hour weeks."
"Long hours even when there is no real deadline.
Insane micro management all the way from CEO down"
By the way, Pincus gets a 46% average approval rating on glassdoor.com, putting him only slightly ahead of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who gets 45%. In contrast, Apple CEO Tim Cook has a 99% approval rating and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has a 94%. Even Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, co-CEOs of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion -- one of this year's tech train wrecks -- have a higher glassdoor.com approval rating (53%) than Pincus.
That working at a start-up can be difficult and require long hours is a given. That poor-performing employees are subject to dismissal is just how the world works. But it sounds like more than that is going on at Zynga.
None of which will dampen enthusiasm for the company's initial public offering. Nobody cares less about workplace fairness or equity than Wall Street, where it's all about making the big financial kill, right now.
So there'll be an IPO, and long-suffering employees who haven't had their stock rights snatched away by Pincus will get a payday. Then they'll leave, because there's no point in working for a jerk -- or in a jerk culture -- if you don't have to.