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Not a place for a seasoned game designer to work

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Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Zynga full-time (Less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The free food is nice. The people I worked with were genuinely friendly, very talented, and most are highly motivated.

Cons

Web development culture has little understanding of game development. The company lacks agility and relies too much on the same formulas again and again. Little forward thought or drive to innovate.

Advice to Management

Remove Product Managers from the game design process. They should exist in an supervisory capacity, ensuring that profitability is addressed, but should not be making design decisions.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great People, Endless Politics

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    "Perks" like free food, gym, massages
    Lots of smart, interesting, motivated ground-level staff

    Cons

    Ambiguous expectations for many positions, especially less common ones
    Work-life balance awful if you have outside commitments
    Inexperienced management
    Politics, politics, politics... it's a game company, so prepare to play lots of games w/your job

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking that "treating employees well" means throwing perks & dubious stock/bonus promises at them. Instead, staff your Operations and Partner teams properly and pay them with the same respect you give engineers. Be transparent with expectations, provide feedback, and for crying out loud so something about the drinking and sexual behavior at work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Glacial customer support

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Game Designer
    Former Contractor - Game Designer

    I worked at Zynga as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Games have a lot of promise.

    Cons

    They don't seem to have a clue about what frustrates players or how to balance competion within their games. That also means they don't realize that happy customers become paying customers and and angry customers just quit.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer and less on spamming them for in-game purchases. the former will lead to the latter.


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