Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
363 Reviews
3.1
363 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 56 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  

    Typical job in the SF tech industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Zynga Is OK So Far

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3.  

    Plenty of opportunities for growth. No opportunity for stability.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It pays the bills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    2000 CEOS, Central Mission Missing Across Teams, Brilliant and Hard Working Peope

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Super brilliant and hard working people, fast advancement for those who work hard and know the politics game well, great benefits, flexible work schedule, love the mission of connecting the world through games, and long term growth potential is great.

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen with everyone thriving on competition and politics to get ahead-at the detriment of the companies long-term mission. It was a great company 2 years back but since, a lot of turn over of veterans and new management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a central goal and make sure all teams stick to it. Think long term and hire people who are there for the long haul.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once was good, but slowly declining

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) Awesome perks: Free meals, coffee, beverages and snacks, and swag
    2) Every day is bring your dog to work day
    3) Connect and work with some amazing people
    4) Create games and help them evolve

    Cons

    1) Employee retention - losing a lot of talent due to either budget cuts/lay offs or just leaving in general due to environment.
    2) Management doesn't seem to listen or care when it comes to great ideas or suggestions
    3) Wasteful spending on certain things that led to office closings and layoffs including outsourcing
    4) Community to player relations are at an all time low
    5) Player retention is poor
    6) Listening to advice/complaints is very poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what the players want, that's what is driving your revenue. Take some time and listen to what community/players are saying and make sure the games run smooth. Tone down the cadence, as well as find a way to stick to a budget so you will not have to make "painful cuts"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ownership to own a problem or domain, speed of operation

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

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

    Pros

    Freedom of operation, studios run as small businesses inside zynga

    Cons

    Work life is not balanced, too many HR reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the green light process, HR should let business leads manage people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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