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Good at first, downhill after that

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

Pros

- Lots of smart people
- Very interesting projects
- Decent enough office
- Good life work balance, none of the crazy forced hours seen in SF

Cons

- Culture, over time, started to become more and more like the one in SF
- Managers have no idea what their reports are working on
- Bonuses, awards, etc are all very much tied to how well you can play the game and suck up to those in charge. Hard work gets you nowhere if you don't make sure people know about it
- The people at the top of the company are an embarrassment who act like children
- Too many inter-team politics, things are not done for the greater good but rather for the good of various teams and/or individuals

Advice to ManagementAdvice

People are not happy with how things are run, listen to them or you will keep loosing talent.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Zynga

  1.  

    Learning at Incredible speed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    - You get to work with some of the best people around
    - Probably the best place for Product Management in India
    - Awesome food / recreational facilities

    Cons

    - Work / Life Balance will take a hit, at least initially. That might be true of any firm.
    - No clarity beyond the next 3 months. Things / Teams change very quickly. If the chaos is okay, you should thrive here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun environment.. sometimes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Free food
    Happy hour on Fridays
    Get to work with some of the newest technologies
    Super smart co-workers

    Cons

    Lots of constant pressure to meet arbitrary deadlines
    Quality is not a priority in the end product
    Management has very little visibility on who is actually doing a good job
    Perks are getting less and less and noticeably less month to month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture needs to change now! Smaller development teams and with a purpose. Too many project managers. We don't need 3 PM's when there's only 4 developers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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