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Zynga Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
363 Reviews
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Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 56 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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    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees were great, honest, and funny..

    Cons

    Different departments DO NOT work together at all. There is NO cooperation between different groups on even important projects.
    Do not expect direction or guidance from your manager, or even support.
    Managers do not create and implement effective policies or processes.
    No communication of important initiatives and programs company-wide.

    There are massive lay-offs every year, and the best people are laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees on where the company is going, and what the long term strategy is, and how employees fir in.
    Mandate that teams work together.
    Communicate important initiatives and programs to all employees.
    Be

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company ever.

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer
    Former Employee - Associate Producer

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

    Pros

    They paid well, and allow dogs at the office.

    Cons

    12+ hour days are normal. You're ripping people off and you know it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Rarely felt appreciated, often felt exploited

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    Former Employee - Community Specialist - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Community Specialist - Hourly in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers are super smart, talented, and motivated. Great perks, including great health insurance and free lunch and dinner. Your dog can chill with you at work, or, if you don't have a dog, you can probably borrow a coworker's!

    Cons

    While the perks are nice, it does not make up for the fact that, unless you are a developer or product manager, your salary may not even be competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    No management direction

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Free food still for now.

    Cons

    After working here for over there years, the company keeps changing its direction. You get no management support. All the good people are leaving for better job with other company's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay away, at least for now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented people being managed by monkeys is a certain recipe for a disaster. Rather sad really.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Free food and the paycheck cleared the bank.

    Cons

    Employee morale is so low, if you work her you will become depressed and stressed out. As tempting as it may sound at first, you will definitely want to save your time and stay far away from this ticking time bomb.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible management

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

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

    Pros

    The food is okay, and this is the only thing I can think of as a positive factor of this company

    Cons

    Bad management, severe office politics, bad work/life balance, no bonus if you are not in game team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too frustrated to give advice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    No direction, broken practices, poor morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Blue Bottle coffee and meals for free
    - Working with creative people
    - Choice of technology

    Cons

    - The meritocracy is flawed between game teams. Two people doing the same position, with equal proficiency are awarded differently by how well the specific game does financially.
    - Too many bosses. Often a person reports directly to their manager, but has "dotted line" managers, who often conflict with the other manager, providing tension to everyday operations.
    - Long hours, exhaustion, some mandatory weekends that are arbitrarily chosen. For example, your game team may announce on a Monday that x amount of people have to work that coming weekend.
    - Hard to have an outside life. With the long hours and short notice for overtime, it's hard to plan a life outside the company.
    - The game teams do not communicate best practices with each other. A game will be made, the issues acknowledged and then a new group of people will make a similar game, without using the learnings from the last game.
    - Different technologies used on different games, sometimes changed mid-project.
    - After a game is launched, it goes into cadence. The detailed prep work to launch the game doesn't carry over into the life of the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Every manager should have to take manager training.
    - Do post-mortems of every project and actually implement changes in new projects.
    - Be honest with employees. Don't make inflated, broken promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice Perks and Benefits, Poor Morale, Meritocracy is Dead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, great health/vision/dental plan, 401K, ESPP, free gourmet food and buffet and organic snacks, free coffee/gourmet drinks/soda/juices, they rent out several high quality food trucks after every quarterly meeting and it's all you can eat, free gym and classes, unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    I used to believe in their "meritocracy" when I first came on. I was a huge advocate of Zynga for the first year and a half. But recently we've faced major cutbacks, layoffs and restructuring, and found the company will no longer be giving bonuses for the next year and a half. I worked extremely hard but Zynga doesn't recognize hard work; their awards ceremony works like a high school rally in that it's a huge popularity contest. And the higher ups will continue to take credit for the grunts' hard work, no matter how much of an influence you make. Good ideas are shot down if it isn't a tried and true game that makes millions on the market; they speak of innovation year after year but it is still all about fast following for the money. Morale is sinking lower and lower, only the ones who are gung-ho about Zynga Spirit or those that make the most cash for the company (despite lack of innovation) will get that $100,000 stock reward, or $5000 cash plus a 4-day trip to any place in the world, or get to borrow the company Tesla.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give some of the employees you stepped on some recognition with a bonus or at least a verbal mention; we all know you can spare a little if you're spending all this money on other things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disrespectful working conditions

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

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

    Pros

    Food and events were terrific. Exciting Game launches

    Cons

    Disrespectful to employees. They demand 24/7 availability and don't hesitate to fire. Managers yell and push people publicly. Common to be put down or disrespected. No value for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read a management 101 book!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't lay off your best talent

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    Former Employee - Community Manager Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Community Manager Lead in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    While it lasted, it was a great gig. The perks were nice and the people were fun to work with.

    Cons

    Their recent round of layoffs were "wrong place, wrong time" with no consideration made to skills, positions, seniority, value, etc. The company blindly cut teams right and left giving no consideration to who/what/when/why.

    Company sent an entire team to Hawaii not one month prior to laying off 500+ employees.

    If you are currently there or one of the new hires (Yes they are still hiring....explain that...) you need to get yourself on the Poker or FarmVille 2 teams as quickly as possible. It doesn't matter if you think another team has potential...Poker is the safest place to be. The company is crumbling one team at a time and those will be the last to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Layoffs have to happen, we understand that. Don't screw over your most passionate, loyal, and skilled workers (unless you were actually doing us some kind of favor by letting us out early before the entire place shuts down)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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