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Helpful (1)

highly variant

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Zynga full-time (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

Other Employee Reviews for Zynga

  1. I learned a lot, but lots of flaws.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great learning opportunity at the time but disorganized with a very abrasive culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with very intelligent, ambitious and driven colleagues (and get to build a network with these folks). You will most likely have the opportunity to learn a lot in your field. The perks (free food, snacks, happy hours etc...) were not bad either. The best aspect for working for Zynga was the career opportunities it opened up. However, I feel this is diminishing as the company continues to decline.

    Cons

    The company is very disorganized and so political that the environment has often been described as a modern day "Game of Thrones." Incentives across cross-functional teams are horribly misaligned, and lead to a lot of internal confrontation. The environment is currently very very unstable with high levels of attrition across the entire organization. Most employees have been at the company for less than a year since experienced employees often leave for greener pastures. To make things worse, it has become difficult to attract domain experts as they have more attractive options elsewhere. I should emphasize there is a lot of infighting between teams, which is extremely counter-productive and leads to lots of daily stress You will run into employees with absurdly high-egos, the company does not believe in the "no a**hole" rule. Given the disorganized structure, political infighting across teams, and high levels of attrition...the company is the pinnacle of the "everyone for themselves" organization...it truly is a free for all. Do not look for mentorship or expect to see great leadership here, you will find neither. Lastly, there is zero work-life balance - you will be overworked (churn and burn).

    Advice to Management

    Start over.


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