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Helpful (3)

Good perks, but terrible work/life balance.

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - QA Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - QA Engineer II in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Recommends
Negative Outlook

Pros

Good perks,
Lots of money,
Looks good on a resume

Cons

Terrible work/life balance
Easy to get disenchanted with game production working at a game company like this

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  1. Helpful (3)

    It's all right, but depends on which team you're on.

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of perks
    Hours are okay (depending on what team you're on/which manager you have)
    Happy Hours with free beer/wine/pizza every Friday
    No vacation/sick day policy, take as many days off as you need, up to 1-week per quarter.
    Salary is great/on par with industry standard or higher

    Cons

    Depending on which team you're on, there might be severely little creative freedom
    Artists tend to get the short end of the stick for bonuses/recognition
    HR is made up of cheerleaders that only care about each other and not employees
    Witnessing thousands upon thousands of dollars wasted on frivolous things around the company.
    Company is enormous; can make you feel more like a number than a human-being
    Managers were promoted rapidly without proper training
    Sometimes completely impossible to switch from one game team to another

    Advice to Management

    Currently, there are management-improvement meetings that you can go at your own will. Make it mandatory. Witnessing someone get screamed at in the middle of the office is highly unprofessional. Have HR members that don't roll their eyes at employees whenever they contact them for help.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Amazing challenges

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Systems Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Systems Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology driven, build type of environment, agile fast paced, be your own CEO, very smart people The technologies that are built are very impressive as well as the challenges that are offered from scale. Managing 50,000 servers in a production environment brings a whole new meaning to scale!

    Cons

    Vision, Culture transition, lack of overall direction (part of vision), management undecided if teams should be centralized or decentralized. With such a large production infrastructure to manage, as well as legacy (less than 4 years old), without having a clear vision of the future and time to plan, it is very difficult to know where the teams should be headed. More time needs to be spend planning and more experienced management needs to be in place to help provide direction.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly define vision and keep promoting within


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