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6 people found this helpful  

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Zynga

Pros

Great CEO. Great Management Team. Diluted value as you go down the hierarchy. Below the executive management, everyone else sucks big time!

Cons

More poaching from companies like eBay, Google and other small players in and around the bay area. This has only polluted the internal environment. Serious empire building, everyone who has poor management style but extreme groupism. No two groups even know each other anymore. Very unhealthy chemistry. Unless you know people before joining don't expect to have fun. It's a frat party.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Ensure you provide some management training to the ones below you. They have a long way to go to emulate you.

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Zynga is a fast-paced and rewarding company.

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    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
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great place for some; Horrible place for others

    • 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

    - Meritocracy: quarterly reviews of employees for additional bonuses, stocks, salary increase, or promotion
    - Free breakfast, lunch, dinner
    - Free wellness programs (haircuts, 15 minute massages, 15 minute reflexology, 45 minute acupuncture)
    - Free gym membership
    - Free swag (for a game launch or a company's success)
    - Great for your resume
    - Great for those who are already influential at the company
    - Great for those who want a "start-up" environment at an established company
    - Company is mentioned on the news everyday (literally)
    - Some of your work will affect millions of people everyday
    - Metrics-Driven: Prove that you work drives the product
    - Dogs are welcome to the office and therapeutic

    Cons

    - Unsustainable work-life balance (generally 60-80 hours depending on the team and some weekends and holidays required)
    - Unpredictable deadlines and strategies
    - Low performers will be pushed out of the company
    - Quarterly reviews can be very political (don't ever get any of your managers on your bad side and don't let your own coworkers paint a bad picture of you)
    - Some managers have made unethical and immoral decisions in the expense of the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Improve work and life balance (preferably down to 40-50 hours a week)
    - Avoid the obvious feeling of "fast-follow" of other games
    - Introduce new game mechanics instead of a "copy" from another game
    - Emphasize more of "Is this game fun?" instead of "how much money did this game bring?"
    - Increase knowledge sharing among all teams to increase efficiency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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