Zynga Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
350 Reviews
3.0
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Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 55 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 40 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 26 reviews)

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    Product Manager at Zynga

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time for 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
  2.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager

    I worked at Zynga full-time for 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
  3.  

    Zynga - Lacking Leadership

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time for 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
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    I guess it's good unless you're spoilt

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Employee benefits (free breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & drinks; onsite gym; health insurance; ...) AND unlimited PTO (that's my favorite one!)

    Don't usually have to work long hours

    The dogs are fun (given you like them, of course)

    Cons

    The company is fairly disorganized at all levels. There's no way to plan your work because unexpected hi-priority tasks arrive all the time. Often nobody actually knows what the exact request is and how to do it.

    It sometimes seems hard to get your manager to actually listen to you, and even if (s)he does, it will likely have no practical effect in the end.

    It's very clear that they're trying to save money as much as they can. IT once told me they don't have headphones because they're too expensive. On another day, I got a Macbook Air charger for my Macbook Pro because - guess what - they're out of Pro chargers and new ones are too expensive. They just stopped providing free onsite massages and haircuts (the services are still available, but you need to pay). They cancelled a planned game day as well as a planned Christmas party. We got an invite to come to the church on Sunday instead...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome opportunity, some squandering had.

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    Current Employee - Lead Environment Artist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Environment Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Best in business, pushing content to hundreds of millions of players.

    Cons

    Success brings oddly can bring chaos. When the pressure is high, and expectations are not hit, a dangerous cycle begins of unreal expectations and constantly missing the mark.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management, read this!

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer I  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer I in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch, gym, free insurance premium
    1:1 match on transit and 1:1 match on donation
    Company actively encourages employees to volunteer
    Bring your dog to work, or play with coworker's dog.
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Poor management: lack of growth and lack of directions to advance.
    Work life balance can be tough especially if you are salaried and working on a team that is either understaffed or has bad planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The workers are the foundation of a company, not the management.
    The company from 1st hand experience is very mediocre at recognizing and retaining talent.
    Be your own CEO was the best company value when I went into Zynga because I believed strongly in meritocracy. However, with the company growing and people in management position coming from outside of the company, this value is really non-existence anymore.

    Also, HR should spend more time on understanding why employees are quitting. It's usually not because of the salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Security Engineer Intern

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

    I worked at Zynga as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They do treat their employees very well with amenities. You get to work with really smart individuals. Management, at least when I was there, was solid.

    Cons

    Many people work long hours and the company is a little lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, no work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people, great perks. Pre-IPO, it was a fantastic place to work.

    Cons

    All games are the same, politicking here is the worst I've seen. Way too much micro-management, it's the same number-crunching across divisions at the cost of the games and the politics here is obnoxious.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Horrible Management

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Free lunch
    -Awesome work environment
    -Awesome perks and parties
    -Surrounded with very smart and motivated people

    Cons

    -There doesn't seem to be much creative diversity in the games the companies produce
    -Great people were cut off due to upper management's mistakes and the downhill spiral the company is going through

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Promises unfulfilled.

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many smart people. Lots of tough problems. It was cool to work on world-class games that were part of pop culture.

    Cons

    Hard to keep faith in the leadership. Quarterly re-orgs ("pivots") sapped momentum. The company growth outpaced the management's ability to grow their own skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the workforce again. Build lots of mobile games and invest in the ones that take off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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