Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
370 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent perks and compensation, at the cost of your creative spirit.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Great perks like gym, massages, haircuts, snacks, drinks, and meals.
    - Decent compensation.
    - Bring your dog to work.
    - Results-driven and fast-paced.

    Cons

    - Severely political to the point of hampering productivity and creativity.
    - Near-zero value for creativity, artistry, and innovation in products.
    - Too focused on metrics and numbers as opposed to creating meaningful user experiences.
    - Almost all projects are "fast follows" (copycats) of existing hits.
    - Terrible executive management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Put more emphasis on creativity and innovation instead of just giving lip service.
    - Focus on a solid long-term vision for the company as opposed to following whatever is a currently a hit game to copy.
    - Stop policies that encourage political behavior among the workforce.
    - Value your artists, designers, and engineers just as much as PMs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    highly variant

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

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

    Pros

    food is good
    lots of small events
    cool arcade
    DEPENDING ON THE TEAM: great culture/ expertise

    Not sure where to put this, but the company has lots of studios and you experience will most def vary based on which team you are placed on. Which I would say is good and bad. Central teams have a way better work life balance while game teams are more likely to crunch. HOWEVER Zynga is very FAIR when it comes to compensation, so if you do put in those extra hours you will be paid for it.

    Cons

    going down hill fast
    lots of perks reduced
    hard to find red bull now
    DEPENDING ON TEAM: not so great culture/ expertise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I learned a lot, but lots of flaws.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot
    Good pay (at least for engineers)
    You *might* work on a hit game

    Cons

    You might *not* work on a hit game, in which case your time there will get more and more miserable, regardless of how good you are at your job.
    Work / Life balance is not very good.
    The company is not very focused at the senior level. This might have to do with Pincus' famous scatterbrain, which I witnessed a couple of times. Maybe the new guy will help with this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what you do good. Remember that just because something isn't a massive hit, doesn't mean that you should fire everyone involved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Typical job in the SF tech industry.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - 2D Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - 2D Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are extensive and generous. Free meals, free snacks, free gym, etc.

    Cons

    Issues with Top Down Management. Most executives don't seem to really know what is going on within the teams themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more new IP. Maybe even have a team solely with the purpose of coming up with new ideas and then delegating to other teams to execute.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Zynga Is OK So Far

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -The lunch that is brought in is great

    Cons

    -The salary is not so good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Plenty of opportunities for growth. No opportunity for stability.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Moving up the ladder is very possible.

    Cons

    Constant change means, even if you move up the ladder, you constantly traverse uneven terrain. You direction will be "pivoted" at a moment's notice. This means what you've been working on gets tossed aside in favor of the latest flavor of the month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and stick to it. You're no longer a 50 employee studio. Rapid change at your size is a cancer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It pays the bills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some very talented people working here and the culture is generally fun. Food and onsite gym is a plus.

    Cons

    There are too many missed opportunities when it comes to making quality games. The company is lagging behind our competition with innovation, fun and mass market appeal. There is extreme favoritism when getting bonuses and level ups, you need to be willing to play the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You talk innovation yet you stay in the safe zone and fast follow our competition. How about you actually give us the opportunity to make new and original titles?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great perks. Nice work environment. Company needs to refocus.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Beautiful facility. Great co-workers. Great salary.

    Cons

    Upper management is often confused and top heavy. Listening isn't their strong suit. Terrible advancement policy (or rather lack of one. Basically you need to kiss the right tail in order to grow)
    Company is entirely focused on copying exhausting games and less on taking risk and truly finding out the things that make games fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start having one on one sessions with lower staff. Ask them questions instead of talking at them. Listen. Foster creative environment by making smaller teams who experiment and innovate instead of investing big money in larger games and then canceling them when they do poorly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was interesting

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

    I worked at Zynga part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They give you a lot of money

    Cons

    They work you very hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more creative

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Super busy and not well organized

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of meeting/discussion, fast pace, free foods/drinks. Nice people working around.

    Cons

    overwork daily and a lot of change during your development. Some managers are lack of basic management skill, let you feel bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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