Zynga
3.0 of 5 326 reviews
www.zynga.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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No direction, broken practices, poor morale

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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 Senior 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Still a great place to learn.

    Lead Product Manager (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years


    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… Cons: Morale is in a bad place (but... Is almost certain to be in for an upswing with the… Advice to Senior Management: The green light process needs to work at least some of the time.… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Nice Perks and Benefits, Poor Morale, Meritocracy is Dead

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Zynga full-time


    Pros: Good pay, great health/vision/dental plan, 401K, ESPP, free gourmet food and buffet and organic snacks, free coffee/gourmet drinks/soda/juices, they rent out… Cons: I used to believe in their "meritocracy" when I first came on. I was a huge advocate of Zynga for the first year and a… Advice to Senior Management: Give some of the employees you stepped on some recognition with a bonus or at least a verbal… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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