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Current Employee - Senior Game Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Good pay, good benefits, excellent culinary department, but most of all great people.

Cons

You need to have an intense interest in social games. It's also still mostly driven by metrics and needs more emphasis on good game design.

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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Zynga

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for 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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    I learned more than I've ever learned anywhere else.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work with highly intelligent people on interesting mobile development problems. Also, they have free food and gym membership!

    Cons

    The reputation of their games is pretty bad, so everyone made fun of me for working there. They made fun of me even more for enjoying it. Also, because of this reputation (and the poor market value of the company) moral was super low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some games that aren't just money hungry. Make some games that the employees can be proud of. Don't just fast follow, make real new and innovative games.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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