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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 (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

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

    I worked at Zynga as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (2)

    No direction, broken practices, poor morale

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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.

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