Zynga Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Mark Pincus
14 Ratings

Pros
  • dogs at work, compensation, free food (in 57 reviews)

  • Great perks, including great health insurance and free lunch and dinner (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance gets affected (in 42 reviews)

  • You are expected to put in incredibly long hours, but you will not be rewarded for your work as this is the norm at Zynga (in 27 reviews)

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  1. The people make this company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer New Grad in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer New Grad in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Team members are intelligent and pro-active in fixing existing issues with the game, all devs (at least in my studio) is intrinsically driven to make the games better - Everyone's friendly and willing to help - Great benefits and food - Rapid learning and career advancement for those who are motivated (especially for new grads)

    Cons

    - Middle management doesn't communicate as well as they should - Priorities in features/scrum work can change too frequently

    Advice to Management

    Keep things transparent and stick to a consistent road map


  2. Game company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, OK work life balance, friendly people

    Cons

    Product/project timeline changes too frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Better mid-term planning on projects to meet the KPIs.


  3. Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - G&A in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - G&A in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at Zynga for nearly 4 years and my experience has been phenomenal. I've never worked in an organization that truly provided opportunities for employees to catapult their careers to the next level. The company fosters a creative and collaborative environment. My team is amazing - we work hard and have fun doing so. Overall, company culture is improving with Mark's return and I'm optimistic about what the future holds for Zynga. Perks/Benefits are fantastic. Cadillac medical/dental/vision plans where Zynga pays 100% of premiums for employees. 401k match, great workout facility and the culinary team is top notch.

    Cons

    The leadership changes have been tough on some groups but I'm hopeful that Mark and his staff will get everyone back on a path with a clear strategic direction. Zynga represents a meritocracy and while it may not be for everyone, folks that are ambitious and motivated to help the company through this transition will do very well here.


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  5. A great summer spent at Zynga!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free food, dogs at work, intelligent co-workers, good managers

    Cons

    Less innovation, data centric approach

    Advice to Management

    Let the innovations of your employees flourish. This will help :)


  6. Great place to work, if you get on the right team

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits. If you get lucky enough to be on a top tier game, the work is exciting.

    Cons

    Upper leadership seems to change direction every year or so. Some game teams get shut down before they get a change to really shine.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, make only slight adjustments. Do a better job at hiring people who want to stay for the long term.


  7. Product Marketing Manager

    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    good benefits including the food

    Cons

    in the middle of a massive turnaround


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not As Bad As All That

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    The perks are fantastic, the pay is good, and the work/life balance (for artists at least) has vastly improved from the hectic early years. The culture around the office is very friendly and fun, with lots of extracurricular activities and team outings. Despite the unfortunate rounds of layoffs, the company really does seem to care about its employees.

    Cons

    Way too much thrash at the executive and management levels. No one seems to be able to come up with a plan and stick to it. Not much conviction behind most projects, so your hard work will most likely never see the light of day. At the end of the day, the goal is always to follow the current market leader, so don't expect a lot of room for radical new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Have a vision and stick to it. Rely on small, nimble teams to create games and actually release them into the market. Create a portfolio wide enough so that teams don't become paralyzed by expectations to create the next company-saving hit.


  9. Head of Mobile Advertising

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Mobile Advertising and Partnerships in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Head of Mobile Advertising and Partnerships in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic, Smart people- good community

    Cons

    Slow entry to mobile- lost ability to monetize paid players


  10. A lot of opportunities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Have opportunities to work on different part of the system end to end.

    Cons

    Unable to attract new talents. Cannot make good games. Too matrices focused and missed other opportunities. Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

    Advice to Management

    Need better game designer and gamer dna


  11. Localization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn. Jovial work environment (for now). Encouragement to be creative and take on your own projects. Fun place to be, good perks. Good place for those that will harness their own destiny, you can eventually go far if you fight with your teeth to get ahead.

    Cons

    Too much work at too many levels which will overwhelm you if you are responsible. Too much work at too many levels which you will get away with not doing if you are irresponsible. The amount of work is not prioritized, goals and side projects may rain on you constantly. Daily process are way too meticulous for parts of the team and get in your way to get job done quickly. Receiving more work can be the most significant reward to your high performance. Direction of the team feels scattered. Chances to grow feel arbitrary and out of your control.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize. Give a clear direction. Get acquaintance with the amount of day-to-day work of a parts of the team and reduce process details where needed. Put more effort on distributing work equally.



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