Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
368 Reviews
3.1
368 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.  

    It is a great place to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company that still thinks its a startup"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    The best place I've ever worked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Zynga is a fast-paced and rewarding company.

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

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Challenging, fast-paced issues to tackle every day and almost everyone here is committed to what we're doing. The compensation and perks are excellent (free food, massages, gym), fun teams and opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Sometimes finding myself working more hours than I intended. It's a competitive environment with lots of young people - which is a con from a personal perspective because it takes more effort to stand out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once the massive stock apple goes away I think people will evaluate competitive opportunities. Zynga needs to create a work environment that is sustainable so people don't get burned out and leave.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hard but fulfilling work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Career growth- you will learn a lot as you are pushed outside of your comfort zone. You will work with some of the brightest people in the game and internet industries. You will be surrounded by entrepreneurs. Great perks and the hours are no longer unreasonable. 8-10 hours is average on most teams in most roles except the <10% who are crunching for a game release for a month or so. The food is fantastic and the new office is great.

    Cons

    It's hard work so it's not for everyone. Some teams have better managers than others. Company strategy could be communicated better. You will stick out and be pushed out if you are a low performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More regular communication of company strategy. I have faith in the leadership every level of the company is not as informed as they could be.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place for smart, driven people who care

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    If you can think it, you can do it at Zynga. It's fast-paced and fun. There are loads of perks, including free health care and a generous vacation policy (no policy - take time when you need it). Easy access to top management even with 3,000 employees. It's open and flexible here. You can do your best work at Zynga.

    Cons

    The environment encourages achievement and hard work -- bettering your best. It's not for everyone. Those not prepared for this, could be challenged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the open and honest format and feedback.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sky's the limit opportunity, fast-paced and fun of a start-up, scale of a global brand & business

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

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Opportunity to affect culture, and your friends & family every day.
    The scale we build for is incredible. Where else do 50 M people play every day on what you build?
    Responsibility & accountability is everywhere - if you want it, you can have it.
    Opportunity to build on a world stage and do things that haven't been done before - every day.
    Insanely awesome perks - gym, incredible food, dogs everywhere, mobile culture, happy hours, quarterly meetings.
    Plenty of access to top management.
    You're not building your resume - you just want to be a part of something unique and meaningful.
    You like solving problems and doing something that's never been done before.
    You're comfortable defining and disrupting industries not walking in other brand's footsteps.
    You like to move fast and see results quickly.

    Cons

    Start-ups are for people that like accountability and responsibility.
    We have a high bar, a lot is expected of people at every level - you have to be comfortable with working hard and showing results often.
    Zynga moves really really fast. We have to stay ahead of what consumers want and where the market is going, we don't have time to do something next week or next month.
    Because we're doing something different, hours aren't always predictable.
    Prioritization can be tough - you can't get to everything so you have to chop out what doesn't matter.
    People need to see what something was a good idea, be ready to show metrics-driven results after you accomplish something.
    This is not a laid back, in-house job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great teams, exciting space

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

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Smart people, hard problems, really massive scale, good compensation, great office, great benefits and perks, very flexible vacation policy, opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Long hours, no 401k employer contribution matching.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    So far, so great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Medical/Dental/Vision for employee 100% paid (very affordable to add spouse and dependents)
    Free lunch and snacks
    Choice of Mac OS or Windows laptop
    Latest/greatest technology
    Ergonomics evals available for every employee
    Commuter 1:1 benefit
    Gym membership
    Casual dress code
    Dog friendly work place
    Work hard, play hard!
    Great co-workers
    Team mentality
    Encouraged to take personal ownership of your job & your contribution to the team.

    Cons

    Working long hours, weekends, after hours, etc. is the norm.
    Would like more frequent communication from management about launch dates, long and short term goals for our studio, space planning, career advancement, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if upper management, facilities, HR, IT, etc. had a better sense of what goes on at the off-site locations, and by that, I mean VISIT our site instead of doing everything remotely. Additionally, an ocasional visit from C-Staff would be great. Even if only for a 1/2 hour just to say "Hi!" when they are in town for other business.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Always changing environment, great benefits and people make the hard work easy

    Cons

    A lot of late nights

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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