Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
370 Reviews
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Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 57 reviews)

  • Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays (in 42 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 27 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Starving the Golden Goose

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Lots of variety of games to work on, some GREAT people there, wonderful talent. I loved the dogs all around, it really made it fun to be there, especially during crunch time. Decent pay for the region, great free food, great teams. Clean neat environment. TEAMS were great, lots of autonomy. Very good "flex time" policies. Yes, GREAT FOOD. Nice in-house gym.

    Cons

    I have a particular sore spot with the so-called "meritocracy" shell game.

    Sure, there WERE deserving people who did over and above the call of duty, and deserved recognition, and the "level-up" was great for them. BUT.... it's easy to "level-up" if the company has an established policy of downgrading your position when you start a new project to a lesser title! I found out by accident that this had happened to me, when I noticed that my job description on my pay stub was not what I was hired for. When I questioned it, first it was described as an error that would soon be corrected. Two months later it was "wait until the end of quarter when we change all the new titles". More weeks waiting it was "sorry, that's just what it is". Then a couple months later, "sorry, that title (the one I was HIRED with!) has a higher pay scale and would need approval." HUH? My HIRED description has a higher pay scale than the downgraded one I discovered I had been labeled with? It took multiple directors standing behind me to restore my original title, and many months. And no, my pay scale was never corrected.

    And I found out that I was one of many who had discovered themselves downgraded in position when they started new projects -- but they were mostly too intimidated to speak up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your promises. Never NEVER ask an employee to give back a hiring perk / bonus / stock options! Respect the titles you hired them with. (If you needed and "bought" a Land Rover, but later you just need it to deliver newspapers door to door, you STILL OWN A LAND ROVER, you're just choosing to use it for simpler jobs. For now.)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great in some ways, lacking in others

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    - Exceptionally open culture
    - Great data infrastructure
    - Lots of smart people and a hip office make for a fun work environment
    - Good career growth and mobility

    Cons

    - Tough place to get groundbreaking products off ground
    - Hampered by early success in some ways as it's hard for new ideas to start from the ground up
    - Work/life balance can be difficult to achieve, but varies by group
    - Lots of "best practices" make the company slower than before

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the "fun" part of game design and be careful with making the place too bureaucratic as it may sap creativity and innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Allen, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Allen, TX

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Great benefits and a strong culture, plus competitive pay.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a struggle to maintain

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun working on new game, not fun working on established game

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    At the time the benefits were pretty good and the salary was nice. I met a lot of cool people working there at the time.

    Cons

    Working on well-established games is not fun. The code base is terrible and the amount of influence you will have as a programmer is 0.
    Working on a new game they made promises they couldn't keep regarding bonuses. Mislead us to believe our game would be a hit but it was actually the largest failure in Zynga history.

  6.  

    Good people being worked to death

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer
    Former Employee - Producer

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, incredible talent, and consistent raises

    Cons

    Super agile development leads to burnout and nepotism among management teams at least in my remote studio left entire team feeling unempowered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for management, longer project cycles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fun place to work if you can handle the stressful work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast pace, Good salary pay, free foods and drinks, can bring dog to work, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Bad work/life balance. Shift project priority all the times. High attrition rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    a sunken ship

    Current Employee - Production Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Production Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Free Food, perks, great people

    Cons

    Zynga doesn't innovate anymore...Layoffs have also affected the moral of the entire team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Started just before IPO

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Team well fairly well managed, worked with people to keep them to stay
    - bonuses and offsite perks
    - good opportunity for new grads

    Cons

    - very stressful
    - long hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not the best gaming company but a great analytics company, good for college pass outs to have fun and burn midnight oil.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, Lots of benefits, good for someone who is just out of college

    Cons

    Numbers driven rather than Tech/Fun/Design Driven, which is essential for a gaming company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve work-life balance, focus of having Fun rather than numbers. The company is supposed to be a gaming company not a Analytics based company. In that case change you are not connecting the world through games anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice time overall with various degree of challenges here and there

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great perks
    - Awesome office and facilities
    - Generally fun-loving employees

    Cons

    - They cut back bonus in 2013
    - It gets very political across the company. Lots of finger pointing, lack of accountability, and individuals or groups trying to hog credits when it's not due

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't get bogged down in analysis paralysis. Lots of PM are really good with analyzing trends and data at zynga to generate expected revenue insights. But to make great game, you need relentless focus in (often times) non-quantifiable efforts such as innovation and creativity.
    - Enforce accountability in each department by not having double-dip P&L responsibility with shared support functions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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