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Updated Feb 17, 2015
Updated Feb 17, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Zynga.

    Interview Details

    Applied, internal recruiter followed up the next day to set up a phone call. Phone call went great, then was asked to come on-site and met with management. I met with the recruiting manager who blatantly said that she does not give praise, recognition, or "atta boys." She said the only time she really interacts with her staff is when they are "doing it wrong." I asked her why I should consider Zynga over other companies, and she avoided the question, simply stating, "we're just that good." It would seem Zynga is relying too much on their brand to attract candidates, and not anything else. At a current stock price hovering around $3.00/share, there isn't much incentive.

    Interview Questions
    • "What do you not want to do in 5 years?" I wasn't prepared for the question, so I hesitated a bit.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Any Opening Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Zynga in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through a recruiter. I was invited for a phone screen. The phone screen was done by a principal engineer. He was friendly. He asked me some basic C++ questions like vf tables, static_cast, dynamic_cast, reinterpret_case and dynamic cast and a little about my mentoring skills. The next day I got an email for an onsite. The onsite was with 2 directors, 1 architect and a VP, all senior folks since I have 10+ years experience. Only one interview was on coding. He asked me how to do in order traversal without recursion. Two of them were mainly on my design, debugging and architectural skills and one on my personality like what I like to work and what I am looking in my next job.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Strategy Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Zynga.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen with potential manager, then brought in for four in-person interviews with members of various teams. The interviewers ran late, they were communicating in-view with the HR manager for the req in between the interviews, and they never officially declined me for the position. Overall a bad experience suggesting that the company's reputation for a bad culture were accurate.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Product Management Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Zynga in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied in January, and received email about arranging a first-round interview in March. Smooth process overall.

    Interview Questions
    • What features would you add or change to your favorite Zynga game? Take me through the user flow.   Answer Question
    • If you had to pick the most important metrics for a dashboard you're building, what would they be and why?   Answer Question
    • Let's say DAU is increasing while MAU is stagnant. What actionable insights can you draw from this?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Zynga in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Fast interview process. Nice people. From the time the recruiter called to the time I was interviewing in person was 2 weeks. They are very sure about what they know so do not challenge their thoughts or comments even if they are wrong. This might be true for any interview but especially here. I don't think they like disagreements or differing views. You must always support your views with "proof" which makes it difficult working outside of data and stats and really getting creative and out of the box.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult. The only thing you have to remember is that they really want you to be playing their games before you go there. You MUST be a big fan of their games. They will ask you about your levels, collections, etc.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Work/life balance was poor. Looked like everyone was always stressed out. People looked paranoid.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Zynga in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and had two rounds of interview over the phone. The first one was with HR person which asked just regular question. Second one was with a director which asked narrow and specific questions about my background and asked me a few practical questions and real situations and was testing me.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Zynga.

    Interview Details

    Multiple rounds including case interviews

    Interview Questions
    • Why is xyz feature priced appropriately? How would you price it?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    first had a short chat with a recruiter to see what I was looking for, what kind of experience I have had, etc. Then went straight to a 2 hour phone interview process. Was called by three people within that time and answered typical technical interview questions. Coded for two of them on a computer, the third one was more casual chatting.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Talent Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Zynga in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    The overall interview process was okay. I was there for about 2 hours interviewing with 5 people. The 2 coordinators were not so enthused and it showed in their faces when I asked "how long have you been with Zynga..." long story short, BOTH of those coordinators moved on to other companies.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Zynga in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online through the careers page. Got an email from a recruiter after a couple of days and set up a phone call with the recruiter. The questions were mostly behavioral and some of them were technical(whats the difference between array and linked list, etc).

    After this interview, I got a call back from the recruiter after a couple days to set up the technical interviews. I had three back to back technical interviews in the span of 2-2.5 hrs.

    The first interview was focused on my resume and there were some technical trivia questions.

    The second interview was a coding round. Just brush up on data structures and algorithms and you should be fine.

    The third interview was a design round. The interviewer gave me a bunch of scenarios and asked me to design an system and an algorithm (ex- how do you implement the portals in the portal game)

    I got a call back from the recruiter after a couple of days saying they're willing to extend an offer.

    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. The offer was super competitive and the perks are amazing.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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