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It is a great place to be.

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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)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

Treat your employees like equals

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  1. Helpful (15)

    Mafia culture. Great for 1%, Ugly for 99%

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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 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    * Be your own CEO: is true for most parts. Anyone (Designer, Artist, PM, Engineer, QA, Community) can impact the game by innovative initiatives. You will get enough opportunities to test our your intuition, and hone your game skills.
    * Fast moving culture: You do 1 years worth of work in 1 quarter. Thus have big wins weekly, monthly. You commit many mistakes and learn a lot in a compressed period of time.
    * Meritocracy: In most parts. Very numbers driven company. At least, an year or two ago, the person moving the bigger number wins. Good while things were growing.

    Cons

    * Meritocracy: Meritocratic culture is dying. Politics and finding the right God Father can help you better than your real value addition.
    * Nepotism: Lop-sided promotions. You will see many inexperienced Directors, VPs from the old-timer's list. If you are not in the inner circle, you are wasting your time.
    * HR has too much power. Probably the most hated HR team in the world. One wonders whether they work to make employee's life better, or celebrate themselves and their chief everyday. Its ridiculous.
    * Sign up your life for Zynga: You are a bonded labor. Forget the weekends, forget your family. Terrible place for married people. You will find enough thrill at the work-place, but kiss your happiness good-bye. You shouldn't promise your husband a dinner date. You can't live up to it.
    * Open ended vacation policy is actually awful: It results people taking much less vacation than the 1 week per quarter promised.
    * Week Analysis: The PMs are numbers driven, but I don't respect most of them. Doesn't feel like they really understand numbers.
    * They don't care: Zynga doesn't care really. The Execs don't care. Everyone works for the bonus, and the stock (which is no longer valuable). If it is worth it for you, then take it. If you can get into the 1% inner circle, then do it. Else don't waste your time.

    Advice to Management

    Pincus is awesome. But most of you are not that smart. You are where you are just because you were at the right time right place. You enjoyed the ride up with people ready to do anything for you (or really the stock). Treat your employees are humans, else they will desert you on the ride down.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Fun perks, worked to death.

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun perks, good health insurance, dentai insurance, vision insurance. Good bonuses. Free lunch and dinner, Happy Hours on Fridays.

    Cons

    No matching 401K. Working 50-60 per week. Sometimes worked to death.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the value of your artists and how much they bring to Zynga. Artists are not really valued in this company.

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