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almost everything wrong with Zynga

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Zynga full-time (more than a year)

Pros

* Perks and benefits;
* free meals (but they were much better couple of years ago);
* still a lot of bright engineers and artists

Cons

* top and mid management (they just don't know what they want, no long term vision, nobody wants to take responsibility);
* strategy changing every time;
* permanent reorg (probably good if you want new manager every month);
* Pincus: he ruined a lot of good games. His smartest decision was resignation;
* leadership principles just don't work;
* fast follow approach for new games, no original IP;
* no central tech (almost all central tech attempts, including zcloud, failed, thanks to Cadir);
* stupid strategic decisions (zynga.com disconnected from facebook, 2nd version of everything)
* best engineers leaving;
* lack of execution, some games in development for years without any results;

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Zynga has some chances to survive with Don Mattrick.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. Quality Assurance - A little lack luster

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

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

    Pros

    - Social Media GIANT
    - Good benefits
    - Competitive environment

    Cons

    - Culture has soured in lieu of profitability
    - Limited room for advancement
    - Difficulty adapting to process innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for individuals to advance their careers, what is the point of a highly competitive environment without the reward?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. None of the bad things you've heard

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, very focused, a great example of how to use metrics to run a business, great pay, good benifits

    Cons

    A bit of a "work late" culture, and the people don't actually enjoy video games!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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