Zynga

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Not a place for a seasoned game designer to work

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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 an year)

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Self Destructive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Obnoxious Perks
    High Salaries
    Free Food
    Free Beer
    Parties
    Good people

    Cons

    Non-creative environment
    Long hours
    Excessive executive interference
    Excessive middle management
    Excessive production processes
    Slow iteration
    Wasteful spending
    Good-ol Boy Network
    Politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Old Zynga is much better than New Zynga

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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