Zynga Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Food, perks, great people

    Cons

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


  2. Started just before IPO

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

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

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

    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


  3. 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Nice time overall with various degree of challenges here and there

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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


  6. Great resources at your disposal, but plagued with never-ending reorgs.

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to real-time data really strengthens the decision-making capabilities. Resources available to do job and perform well. A lot of flexibility given to employees. Lots of great perks (food, gym, dogs, fun building). Fun work environment in a fun building and great city location.

    Cons

    Constantly plagued with reorgs and leadership changes, impeding on team building opportunities and career growth. Bonuses aren't regular or completely transparent. Losing a bit of the work hard / play hard edge.

    Advice to Management

    We need more excitement from our new CEO.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Was an amazing ride... until.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was one of the first 300 employees and was upwardly mobile for quite sometime Bonuses, perks galore, travel, stocks as hiring bonus.... ...(which split 4 times)

    Cons

    Never got the raise and the title I was promised once they went public! I was told that because I had real stock then that was considered against my wage and that I should feel lucky! It was a hiring bonus in lieu of not being paid market!!!! Disgruntled

    Advice to Management

    Management at Zynga was like a revolving door of Egotistical jerks after my original manager left. IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T CONTINUE TO TRY AND FIX IT!!!!


  8. Helpful (3)

    Got too political

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company had a great culture and great benefits. Was there 3+ years and during its best years it was energetic and exciting (those days are no longer).

    Cons

    Politics, Inappropriate Managerial Level Ups, too much focus on quick-win Quarterly OKR achievement and the premium placed on quarterly level-ups made longer term planning impossible and irrelevant. Also, I watched first-hand, decisions made which hurt their customers in order to squeeze an extra $.

    Advice to Management

    It's a marathon not a sprint.


  9. Fun and frustrating place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, excellent food, talented co-workers, rapid knowledge sharing and potential for great opportunities made this an amazing job overall.

    Cons

    the few downsides were - meritocracy was broken from the perspective of an employee that endured a tough work life balance on multiple projects without much opportunity for advancement. Painful to watch executive management during my time there. Products that lacked originality in more than one case. Team direction pivoted so much it was often hard to move forward - ironic because it really was a fast paced environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on franchises but go after a truly original and innovative game idea every once in a while.


  10. Great place thats needs a little more direction

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart bright people willing to execute and push hard to deliver on time.

    Cons

    Management leadership is lacking due to experience.

    Advice to Management

    Hire industry veterans to drive the very capable engineering staff.


  11. Pretty okay but could be better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Zynga as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Free lunches and food - Fast paced enviroment - Good people

    Cons

    - Lots of company politics - Not very stable business model

    Advice to Management

    Not sure there is much to say here. Zynga is built on free-to-play which to me is not a long term business model.



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