Zynga Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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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. Good and bad - rewarded for hard dedicated work - then flushed by unintelligent upper management.

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well rewarded for hard work, it will take huge reserves of energy and time, but you can do and learn a lot if you can hack it. Well paid and good benefits. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Unless you kiss up to the right people then all that hard work and recognition can be flushed out of the company with little consideration by apparently ignorant company level management. Entire game teams can be cut, with no smart decisions about who might be worth keeping.

    Advice to Management

    Connect more with your game teams and learn who the real hard workers are.


  2. Micromanagement at its best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Food Benefits Pay Gym Coffee The people that work in the service of Zynga ex. culinary are the best people I have had the pleasure of interacting with.

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism and unfairness thrown in peoples faces. If you are well liked the skys the limits here. The tip to succeed at Zynga is to be a good talker. Talk a lot, but do very little. Good intentions with no follow through go well here. A lot of bad talking and unprofessional comments spoken out loudly for people around to hear by management. Huge egos and passive aggressive behavior from upper management. Inconsistent planning and misleading talks about the future Micromanaging nightmare Crappy games Lots of lay offs Steal ideas from other games that have proven track records. No desire for innovation Greedy game makers. Its all about money here. If you are creative person go somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and foster a positive healthy work environment that isn't based on fear


  3. Zynga IMHO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and bonuses awarded each quarter.

    Cons

    There was too much organizational politics above studio level.


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  5. Politics, man.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people who care about what they do. Exciting atmosphere Unparalleled Perks Competitive compensation Dog friendly Great food Delicious coffee

    Cons

    Toxic politics High turn over No clear guidance with career advancement Poor communication from C-Staff, trickles down through the rest of the organization Mixed messages about company trajectory Frequent layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Examine ways to create a less toxic dynamic between employees and managers. Train managers in direct and constructive communication. Develop a clear, consistent reporting structure within business units.


  6. Lead Artist

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    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing campus life with all the amenities. The production staff are top quality and believe in the art of making games.

    Cons

    CEO and other senior management have fumbled time and time again trying to make the company relevant. Lots of pivoting on game ideas without any confidence in the projects. Is turning more in to a money making business than a creative business.


  7. Good job experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good employers, excellent work space, I had a very good experience here

    Cons

    it is a very high stress workplace, very competitive within employer workplace

    Advice to Management

    get more usefull interns, with more experience and more energy


  8. Helpful (1)

    Chaos

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food and drinks. Latest technology (software licenses, laptops...) available.

    Cons

    Management is chaotic. There are senior engineers with skills similar to junior-level engineers in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a sustainable business plan to bring stability. Don't change back and forth important decisions.


  9. Helpful (4)

    great pay, but a soul sucking place to work for creative talent

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    Former Employee - Artist/Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Artist/Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (More than a year)

    Pros

    very casual environment and easy work. Lots of food, snack, and treats provided if your game makes them money. Its totally out of your control if your game makes money, but if it happens to make a ton you get all kinds of goodies. I recommend it only to friends because its easy and good money.

    Cons

    You have to abandon any real pride at the door if you are an artist and work here. The pay is great and the work and workload is easy, but the games you work on are hideous, the gameplay is bad, and dont try and change anything because everyone in charge thinks what they are working on is the most amazing and stunning thing ever, its kind of hilarious. Draw your pizza, cows, trees in the bland clipart style they demand, and you will be fine. Its also a total brofest working there, lots of graphic designers and failed animators masking as illustrators with art directors that have no actual artistic talent, immediately realized that is why things look the way they do with anything zynga does. Any talent is repressed and its kinda tragic to see someone new with actual skills take charge only to get knocked down and return to whats easy. Every game while working there was just ripping off another studios game, then thinking of the way to make the most money till users lost interest and then the game team would close up and get outsourced while you moved on to the next boring thing. I had some amazing artists that went on to do stunning work at other companies, but zynga beats you down so you just stop caring and do what the boss wants.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creativity and hire some talented people to lead. Make games that are actually fun and you wont have to stress out every month about why people are not spending enough money on add-on junk for a bad game.


  10. Loads of perks to make terrible Management seem less awful

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    Former Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free meals great gym great health benefits good bonuses

    Cons

    Most of the upper management has no idea what they are doing and they are insanely overpaid "leaders" that are always absent, vacationing, clueless about the market they are chasing, and ask for constant last minute changes. Not tiny changes... but full blown core redesign changes, then they refuse to allow extra dev time. Micro-Managey ceo who completely ignores roadmaps and new IP promises... does not respect creatives at all.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to anyone that wants to actually make something new, or try something new, avoid this place like the plague. This company solely wants to play it safe for the investors and rip people off.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A lot of good things happen(d)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity and high energy, growth environment in the early years

    Cons

    Depends on role, team and time of employment.



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