Zynga

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Decent perks and compensation, at the cost of your creative spirit.

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Former Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

- Great perks like gym, massages, haircuts, snacks, drinks, and meals.
- Decent compensation.
- Bring your dog to work.
- Results-driven and fast-paced.

Cons

- Severely political to the point of hampering productivity and creativity.
- Near-zero value for creativity, artistry, and innovation in products.
- Too focused on metrics and numbers as opposed to creating meaningful user experiences.
- Almost all projects are "fast follows" (copycats) of existing hits.
- Terrible executive management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Put more emphasis on creativity and innovation instead of just giving lip service.
- Focus on a solid long-term vision for the company as opposed to following whatever is a currently a hit game to copy.
- Stop policies that encourage political behavior among the workforce.
- Value your artists, designers, and engineers just as much as PMs.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Life as an Artist at Zynga.

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    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Free meals: Friday Breakfast, Lunch (M-F), and Dinner (M-Thurs). Free Snacks: snack area, snack room, snack lounge; candy, trail mix, nori, gluten free gummies, cereal, chips, cookies, did I say candy?, CANDY. Free beverages: soft drinks, tea (cold/hot), coffee (Starbucks dispenser). Onsite Arcade, and Gym. Massage Therapy. Acupuncture. Full medical, dental, and vision coverage. Equity offer. Competitive hourly/salary .

    Cons

    Long hours. Often belittled by management. Useful commentary is often ignored, or deferred. When sh_t hits the fan, the solution is to throw more people at the problem, and spend more hours onsite. Weekend work is expected. The moment you say you can't be in on the weekends, you are instantly on the sh_t list. Favoritism is just your everyday thing. Disorganized. Management would prefer to layoff, or put people on performance improvement plans, rather than find the root of the problem, and solve it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you have a team member who is capable of wearing many hats, and you hand him off to an Art Director who only wears one hat, don't get rid of the guy who wears many hats, just because the Art Director doesn't know what to do with him. The proper solution would've been to move the jack of all trades to a team that could've better utilized their talents, shifted them to a role they feel comfortable sticking to, or train the Art Director up on his animation skill. Get your sh_t straight, Zynga.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    highly variant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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