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No direction, broken practices, poor morale

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

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 ManagementAdvice

- 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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves 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 for 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Typical job in the SF tech industry.

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    Current Employee - 2D Artist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - 2D Artist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are extensive and generous. Free meals, free snacks, free gym, etc.

    Cons

    Issues with Top Down Management. Most executives don't seem to really know what is going on within the teams themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more new IP. Maybe even have a team solely with the purpose of coming up with new ideas and then delegating to other teams to execute.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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