Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
384 Reviews
3.1
384 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great experience, but

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible time-offs, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance. For about 2 years all I've done was work non-stop because there was no other way around it. Meritocracy doesn't really work when everyone is competing against each other and we all end up burning out with little rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are many workers who have poor management, and therefore no matter how hard they work they are never acknowledged. Management needs to be a bit more on top of looking after the people working for them such as promotions and quarterly goals. Things have gotten much too unorganized due to some people having unsure goals, or no goals to strive for and achieve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fast paced with opportunity for growth

    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity for advancement. Amazing perks and a great work balance for the most part. Fun product with great coworkers.

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction from upper management. There seems to be company wide reorgs every other month which greatly affect culture and company direction

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience but ruined by under qualified middle management.

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    Former Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of great perks like free lunch, dinners, gym membership and snacks. Lots of talented people.

    Cons

    Game company that puts very little emphasis on fun and long term good of the game. Too many under qualified & experienced middle managers who does not know how to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being in a company for long time does not automatically make them a good manager.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Previous Room for Growth. Needs more Direction or Actual follow up on Direction made

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

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

    Pros

    -Room for growth (at least when I was there)
    -Free food and snacks
    -Potential to make a position
    -Lots to learn in a face paced environment

    Cons

    -More time spent on restructuring than making games
    -Product Managers rule the roost
    -Lots of emphasis put on making fun games, but it doesn't happen
    -Direction comes from up top, but is rarely followed or enforced
    -Depending on org, there may be no direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open with communication and actually give direction. No org should go months with no idea of OKRs, or hear randomly from someone else how bad they are doing. Not only should direction should be given, it needs follow up to make sure people are doing work that is in accordance with that direction.

    On top of that, Managers need to manage. Too much freedom is a bad thing. If you don't assign work to someone then they have no idea what to do, which does not allow them to grow as an employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Recruiting Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga as a contractor

    Pros

    flexible hours, recruiters are helpful

    Cons

    Being a contractor is terrible--no benefits, can't be involved in Zynga activities, can't use the gym..ect

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Zynga offers fair salaries

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Salary was competitive overall. I had the opportunity to work with some very talented people

    Cons

    Company's products are mediocre; their catalogue is filled with too many tap grinders and slots style games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun work environment, tough work/life balance

    Former Employee - Publishing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Publishing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    dogs at work, compensation, free food

    Cons

    politics, long hours, horrible coffee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make better games

  9.  

    Product Manager at Zynga

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot fast. Fast dev cycles for product launches.

    Cons

    Poor management. Managers receive no manager training. No career guidance. Layoffs are brutal and poorly managed. Company is lost and the moves it's making won't save it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training your managers if you care at all about getting and keeping the best employees. And you need the best employees to right the ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Zynga - Lacking Leadership

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation, dogs at the office, free gym onsite, breakfast, lunch, dinner - plus snacks.

    Cons

    Although they provide employees with unlimited vacation time individuals are normally too busy to take vacations without working. Lack of leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with. You own your outcomes, so you will be taking up big responsibilities - regardless of your level. Company has really scalable technologies to work with, and the job is fun since end of the day you are making games.

    Cons

    There is a fair bit of work politics - possibly the highest among all the places I have ever worked at. It can get on your nerves when your colleagues, who are otherwise your friends, are constantly scheming to take you down, or show you off in bad light. CXO level management pretty much sucks. It's a data driven company, but some folks hardly understand basic arithmetic, but are a part of senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Zynga became zynga because of the performance based, data driven approach. The company needs to get rid of all these senior folks using un-measurable mba-school speak.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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