Zynga

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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back culture but needs some direction

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food: awesome food at the SF headquarters. Other satellite offices have food too but not even close to the HQ. They try to keep fresh fruit and juices everywhere.

     flexibility (depending on the team): if you are in a team like I am in (infrastructure) and the manager is cool about it, you will have the flexibility to work out of where you want. It really helps

    good benefits: Blue-cross-PPO or Kaiser, dental offered free for employees. free GYM at the SF HQ, frequent events with food&booze.

    good bonuses every quarter... particularly if you are in the game studios and you game does well.

    Cons

    Lacks direction. redundant work done a lot of times in the team. Upper management lets that happen. and some teams are working on things with no strong leads who can make strong decisions. Can't say is this is a common trend, since i have been here for less than a year. But i heard that there is a lot of shuffling of resources between teams going on all the time.

    No 401K matching.

    6 weeks maternity leave, which is the shortest i have seen in companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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
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