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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 for more than 3 years

Pros

food is good
lots of small events
cool arcade
DEPENDING ON THE TEAM: great culture/ expertise

Not sure where to put this, but the company has lots of studios and you experience will most def vary based on which team you are placed on. Which I would say is good and bad. Central teams have a way better work life balance while game teams are more likely to crunch. HOWEVER Zynga is very FAIR when it comes to compensation, so if you do put in those extra hours you will be paid for it.

Cons

going down hill fast
lots of perks reduced
hard to find red bull now
DEPENDING ON TEAM: not so great culture/ expertise

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    I learned a lot, but lots of flaws.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will learn a lot
    Good pay (at least for engineers)
    You *might* work on a hit game

    Cons

    You might *not* work on a hit game, in which case your time there will get more and more miserable, regardless of how good you are at your job.
    Work / Life balance is not very good.
    The company is not very focused at the senior level. This might have to do with Pincus' famous scatterbrain, which I witnessed a couple of times. Maybe the new guy will help with this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what you do good. Remember that just because something isn't a massive hit, doesn't mean that you should fire everyone involved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    No direction, broken practices, poor morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Blue Bottle coffee and meals for free
    - Working with creative people
    - Choice of technology

    Cons

    - The meritocracy is flawed between game teams. Two people doing the same position, with equal proficiency are awarded differently by how well the specific game does financially.
    - Too many bosses. Often a person reports directly to their manager, but has "dotted line" managers, who often conflict with the other manager, providing tension to everyday operations.
    - Long hours, exhaustion, some mandatory weekends that are arbitrarily chosen. For example, your game team may announce on a Monday that x amount of people have to work that coming weekend.
    - Hard to have an outside life. With the long hours and short notice for overtime, it's hard to plan a life outside the company.
    - The game teams do not communicate best practices with each other. A game will be made, the issues acknowledged and then a new group of people will make a similar game, without using the learnings from the last game.
    - Different technologies used on different games, sometimes changed mid-project.
    - After a game is launched, it goes into cadence. The detailed prep work to launch the game doesn't carry over into the life of the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Every manager should have to take manager training.
    - Do post-mortems of every project and actually implement changes in new projects.
    - Be honest with employees. Don't make inflated, broken promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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