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Very talented workers - but very poor management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

ProsI met some very talented, passionate folks that deeply cared about making good games. Get on the right team with the right manager and the right project - you could have a very good experience. And if you really care about little perks like free soda and LOTS of t-shirts, you'll find that too.

ConsThe management is poor. What leadership says to the company often doesn't reflect what actually happens. They don't know when to kill a bad game pre-launch nor how to pick fresh ideas to enliven the haggard portfolio. They reward people for doing very short-term-gain things that hurt the games (and therefore, the company) in the long run. And worst of all: management never grasped the core need to make fun games, and make fun the priority. All game design decisions were trumped by the financial, and many good games were strangled to death by the management-mandated addition of "social features" and other revenue-based mechanics.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower more employees to make original games. They can, and want to. Little incubation groups. There was internal lip service about this before (never went anywhere). You cannot rely on the flagship -Ville games forever. Unleash your best employees, let them show you the way. Or they will leave...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad, no respect for technology

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros: Free food, good bonus, no vacation limits Cons: Fast work is valued more than smart/good work No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros: Competitive Salary, Located in San Francisco, good perks. Good career… Cons: Tough HR policies. Certain teams have poor working conditions and… Advice to Senior Management: Hurry up with the real money gambling and mobile gaming… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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