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Chaos

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

Pros

-Work at a company and on titles with strong name recognition
-Future employers may think you know what you are talking about when it comes to "social" or "data-driven" game design
-Free dinner

Cons

-Work mostly with idiots
-Work unreasonable hours

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn to reward and value smart work, not just hard work.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Long hours, very talented team, with poor consistency in direction from local upper management

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in Austin, TX

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Very talented people to work with
    Innovation in online games
    Great career opportunities
    Relatively easy to move around the company
    Job security (until this recent layoffs across the company)
    - Quality food and beverages

    Cons

    Long hours (generally true with game companies)
    Struggling with identity as the first publicly traded social game company
    Variable hours/length of work days (being so responsive to live data, and running fierce deadlines)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (of the studio) Really listen to the CEO, and really listen to and trust the people who are making the games. Inspire their passion about the project and provide freedom to create their visions of it (AND actually use those good ideas).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Organized Chaos

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    Current Employee - Central Game Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Central Game Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to learn more skills than your title entails.
    - Working with fun, motivated and dedicated group of people (depending what department you are in).
    - A lot of flexibility with working from home as long as it is not abused.
    - Decent perks such as free breakfast, lunch & dinner.

    Cons

    - Constant reorganization among leadership; which disrupts workflow that may have been established already.
    - Constant demand to "innovate"; which creates issues with stability since innovating can disrupt a process when there should be changes to refine and better an already working process.
    - Very little opportunity to advance; unless you have "friends in high places".
    - Decisions by high level executives hurt other departments around them that would help our players.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you fix the games instead of constantly rolling out new products and features, the customers will be much happier and the Zynga name will not be as tainted as it is now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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