Zynga Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
406 Reviews

3.0
406 Reviews
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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 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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  1.  

    Love working here

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth, interesting and ever changing tech, mobile development, great team of people.

    Cons

    Soda machine never gets refilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

  2.  

    Great people and a fantastic learning experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Studio Operations  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Studio Operations in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fast paced, meritocracy and good compensation/perks

    Cons

    too many re-orgs, no clear strategy from c-staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pick one strategy and org structure and stick with it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Super Fun Company

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of fun, High base salary, People are nice, Good Benefit

    Cons

    Not very stable, Stock is low, Hard to ship attracting games

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great to place to learn product 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

    Pros

    - Smart colleagues
    - Data-driven culture
    - Good office/food/benefit
    - Location
    - Open to recruite smart people with no PM/Tech experience

    Cons

    - Instability for the future
    - The culture varies by studios

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what we are good at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Unique place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, excellent culinary department, but most of all great people.

    Cons

    You need to have an intense interest in social games. It's also still mostly driven by metrics and needs more emphasis on good game design.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hard working, hungry, ambitious company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great, high quality, highly motivated and straight-shooting folks
    The Zynga spirit drives the company to be successful and pushes through challenging times
    The constant quest on how to be more successful, make better games, increase value for our players
    Yes, the food is amazing

    Cons

    The outside reputation and perception of Zynga are at least one year behind the reality of the current culture, which I have found very positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep building up a more game development centric culture
    Push to hire the best talents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Favorite Job

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

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

    Pros

    - great compensation and perks (free lunch/dinner, bonuses, gym, etc.)
    - work has effect on the culture at large given huge audience; feel like you have a voice
    - though it can vary by team, people are friendly and smart
    - making games is more enjoyable than most other types of software development
    - lots of exposure to new technologies / learn a lot

    Cons

    - can be long hours and weekends, esp. around game launches
    - can involve travel at times
    - stock is struggling, and aforementioned perks+compensation a bit dialed back as a result
    - job security can be an issue if a game is not successful (though that is less the case for engineers)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways to support innovation. Where's Zynga's Angry Birds / Bejeweled / Mario Bros. / etc. i.e. brilliant, original classic game?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture - fascinating products

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast, entrepreneurial and very very meritocratic.

    Cons

    not for folks who need a comfortable and static environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Zynga staffing and recruiting

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

    I have been working at Zynga as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to try new methods of recruiting. Stress but good kind of stress. Stress to achieve not micromanagement version of stress. Great people to work with. Everyone out to help one another. Don't need to watch your back. It's easy to recruit for a company doing super well. This company has its challenges and therefore makes you a better recruiter. Managers and engineers are very talented. They keep the bar high even during tough times which is good. New engineers are guaranteed a challenging work environment with lots to learn even if you're a senior recruiter or engineer.

    Cons

    Contractors not treated like equal. Not a big deal but sometimes inhibits your ability to do a good job on behalf of the client. Company only hires recruiters as contract-to-hire which limits their ability to hire top recruiters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work hard, play hard

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, people, and environment. Challenging work.

    Cons

    No cons - unless you don't like working hard.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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