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Helpful (1)

hard work, slow pace

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Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

food. work like balance. vacations.

Cons

bad structure. low efficiency with high input.

Advice to Management

be smart.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    No direction, broken practices, poor morale

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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.


  2. Still a great place to learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented people still at zynga, and some of them (not the majority, mind you) will help you learn how to be better at your job, whatever it is. You will have to seek these people out yourself, but if you do when you leave here your career will have benefitted substantially, even if your wallet hasn't.

    Cons

    Morale is in a bad place (but... Is almost certain to be in for an upswing with the new CEO) and management is on a fairly long run of under execution and lack of a clear vision.

    Advice to Management

    The green light process needs to work at least some of the time.
    Licensed IP is winning in mobile, why not find a partner for this?


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