Zynga

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  1.  

    Thanks Zynga, it was fun!

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great co-workers, work-life balance was definitely better than most tech companies (IMO), fun, vibrant, always changing work flow.

    Cons

    Management decisions that seemed half hazard or last minute, lack of clear goals or direction for the long haul, no "level up" or mentoring possibilities for anyone who is NOT an Engineer, volatile environment (fearful, worrisome, unsteady footing).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved my time at Zynga Seattle and wouldn't trade it for anything. I also wish the company the very best going forward, I hope Z can pull out of their seeming tail-spin and right itself for the long haul. My co-workers (the team of folks I worked with in Seattle, at HQ, and other remotes) were AMAZING people, some of the best I've ever had the pleasure to work with or for. I hope you'll remember that when making decisions to close locations or shut down departments in the future. You can't "create" good people, be careful how quick you are to cut them loose.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun people and environment.

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

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

    Pros

    The perks are great! Free food, lots of video games and they pay well too. Their benefits package is great as well. People are great and are always happy to hang out after work.

    Cons

    Second round of layoffs just happened, but most viewed this restructuring as a positive thing for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the layoffs are all over. Doing a great job, but people are noticing a severe cutback in perks. Confidence is low as it's obvious that you are looking to cut costs anywhere that is possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The ads team had great leadership and the coworkers were experts in their field. I learned a lot and had fun doing so!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    + Great coworkers
    + Great office atmosphere
    + Free lunches and snacks
    + Excellent benefits

    Cons

    - The company's currently in transition which can randomize you at the high level some times.
    - Code quality varies from team to team. Some partner teams might not be as fun to work with at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Don: Keep cracking the whip and running a tight ship. In the process of running the business though, don't forget about the games!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good culture, perks & compensation / shaky decision making.

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, fun culture, good compensation and great benefits.

    Cons

    Poor decision making by management, didn't pivot strategy post IPO quick enough. Industry indicators were there for awhile before things started to change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fast p aced development culture, yet lacks focus

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    Former Employee - Senior Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun office space, free food, cool coworkers.

    Cons

    company lack focus, hard to get a raise unless you are a Product Manager. Zynga loves their PM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Benefits, enthusiastic people

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

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

    Pros

    Young and energetic people, fantastic benefits, and tons of opportunity to move up. Zynga is a great place to learn the web and mobile games business.

    Cons

    Work life balance for some, wide range of talent. Not a great place for families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for - if you're in the right group.

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

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

    Pros

    - Great, smart people
    - Fun-oriented culture
    - Fun products
    - Free food
    - Great for career growth (recruiters love ex-Zynga people)

    Cons

    - Some groups are really cut-throat
    - Depending on the group, there may be way too much work, no work/life balance at all
    - Stock is in the dump and not clear if it'll ever recover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great for learning and getting your foot into the industry, but not for everyone.

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    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Love the benefits and the salary. You learn a lot about the business quickly and a lot on how to build live products. It's a great way to start at a large company, especially since Zynga hires right out of college. If you're a go-getter, definitely a place to grow up your skills fast and get out of "entry" level.

    The new CEO is also proving to put in place business practices that I think will create stability in the company over all.

    Cons

    Zynga is VERY much a business (all companies are) and there is a lot of red tape when designing. Product Managers tend to own design at the end of the day and it can be disheartening. I minored in art, and the best thing I learned for a company like this is how to design within some parameter and make it amazing. It's an uphill struggle - but rewarding.

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

    Was good for me

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    Former Employee - QA Manager
    Former Employee - QA Manager

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

    Pros

    Great environment to work in
    They spoil their employees with perks & benefits
    Quarterly reviews and option for raise/bonus
    Great opportunities for leveling up.

    Cons

    People are hired into positions that they nothing about - this causes poor decisions to be made and people to lose their jobs.

    Too much red tape to go through to get anything done to improve process

    Too many egos and not enough open minded people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be scared to call someone out on not doing their job even if it's a peer or your boss.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very great working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    you get the freedom to do what you want in a very relaxed environment

    Cons

    the external perception didn't meet the internal perception i.e. it was frustrating having people tell you that the company wasn't doing well or wasn't a good place to work when it was

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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