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almost everything wrong with Zynga

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
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)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

Zynga has some chances to survive with Don Mattrick.

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  1. Great to place to learn product management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga

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

    Pros

    - Smart colleagues - Data-driven culture - Good office/food/benefit - Location - Open to recruite smart people with no PM/Tech experience

    Cons

    - Instability for the future - The culture varies by studios

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what we are good at.


  2. Great opportunities for gaining experience, but the quick changes in direction can be too disruptive.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - QA Manager 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

    Fast paced environment and top performers are rewarded very well. If you're the type of person who likes to get up and reach for your goals, this place could work very well for you. New university grads seem to do especially well at this company and it's a great first mark on your resume. The perks at HQ are amazing with an onsite gym, free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, onsite barista..etc.

    Cons

    Some departments and their employees have become numbers on a spreadsheet with teams sometimes being restructured suddenly with no input from the employee. Unfortunately, this does not inspire loyalty and the rate of attrition has been rising.


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