Zynga Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
357 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 42 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 27 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Principal Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, and seriously, nothing beats Game development in terms of engineering challenges.

    Cons

    Bad press and negative outside perceptions due to some unfitted employees (possibly from too many bad acquisitions and recruitments).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on hiring the right people with the right mindset.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing internship

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

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

    Pros

    Every amenity you would want in the headquarters, fully stocked kitchens and great meals. Managers are constantly looking out to help you in your career development. Fast iteration gave tons of room for improvement.

    Cons

    Some late nights trying to make deadlines, but most of the time this wasn't the case because of excellent Producers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on looking out for younger worker's career development. It's a huge motivator

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Best Place

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    Current Employee - Chef in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Chef in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Innovation,community, fun, opportunity, autonomy to be creative, diversity...

    Cons

    Gain some extra wait if you are not a work out person, the food is too god :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    smart people, amazing HQ

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    *The perks really are amazing. Massages, amazing food, in house gym, you really feel taken care of at Zygna.

    Cons

    *As someone mentioned before, you really need to have your own work-life balance sorted out since its very easy to get caught up with work here, and things move very fast. Definitely not a suitable place for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire PMS with more diverse backgrounds, such as design and CS, not just number crunchers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    I like working here

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    Current Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I've come across interesting articles of employee testimonies giving less than loving statements about our company. When I first got here in August, 2011 the system was very rough, and had employees working countless hours with unpaid overtime, and often times for no reason. This is not an exaggeration. I just want to throw out my two cents that after this hiccup was fixed last November Zynga has literally been the best company I have worked for. This is my 10th artist job in this industry over the years, so I hope that can give my statement a little weight. Beyond all the perks and employee benefits I've had numerous opportunities to expand my skills in art, and learn other areas which I never was given the chance to at other companies.

    I'm not trying to trump the testimonies of those who have had less than fortunate experiences at Zynga, but in my own experience I absolutely love working here.

    Cons

    While I enjoy our current social games that so many people love playing, sometimes I do wonder if we could break into a market with more hardcore-type games.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Working with very bright people. Learning a wide array of languages and skills.

    Cons

    Not always doing game developing (marketing, code refactoring)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love working here

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    Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Perks and benefits - Gym, free meals, weekly happy hours, on-site haircuts, massages, bonuses, etc.
    Kick-ass culture - Not sure why this place is getting so much hate in the news. This is a work environment that definitely challenges employees to work hard, work smart, and collaborate with one another. I love it.
    Great people - I respect the majority of people here as professionals. Strong leaders are all over the company looking to work with each other towards the company vision. I also appreciate the many friendships I've built.
    Leaders care about employees - Leadership is always involved in getting their employees to better themselves as professionals and to promote from within. Additionally, there's many Zynga-wide programs that cater towards the serial-entrepreneur (hack-a-thons, game pitch nights, etc.).

    Cons

    Minimal cons. 1st world problems only (e.g. 3rd floor toaster often times burns my bagels). I suppose the only knack is that this is indeed a challenging environment. Depending on the project you may need to dedicate a solid 60-70 hour week or two (ok maybe three) once a quarter. Though, I'd argue that's not much of a con at all, especially if you love your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It'd be great if employees could have dedicated time within the week and/or month to get more involved with entrepreneurial activities for Zynga (new games, new programs, education, etc.). I know the team is encouraged to do this throughout the quarter, however, it can be difficult for studio teams to make time for this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It is a great place to be.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Zynga part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great hours Everyone is great to work with the games like Mafia Wars,Mafia Wars2,CafeWorld etc.

    Cons

    The games at times freeze or just not load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like equals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company that still thinks its a startup"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome environment, lots of perks, many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Poor Work/Life Balance. Long Hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate middle-managers that have been promoted quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The best place I've ever worked.

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

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Challenges and opportunities that you won't find anywhere else right now. A chance to work with smart, dedicated, dynamic, fun people. A great workplace. No formal vacation policy -- if you need time off, you take time off. An opportunity to create stuff that millions of people all over the world will enjoy.

    Cons

    Fast growing and chaotic. Things change quickly. Big company but still is like a start-up in a lot of ways. If you like things predictable and steady, this is not the place for you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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