Zynga

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Director

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Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

Lot of perks free meals and gym access, beer bust every Friday afternoon

Cons

Lack of leadership from top management always changing direction.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Work with your teams to create a long term plan for your staff that will grow them.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Terrible senior management making awful decisions

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    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Comp is on the higher end for gaming companies, but on the lower end relative to other public tech companies.

    There are some good folks remaining but they're all leaving like flies.

    It used to have good perks when I started, but they have gotten rid of a lot of them (no more massages, haircuts, they also laid off my trainer in December).

    Cons

    Lowest morale in all of SF and Silicon Valley right now. The last round of layoffs ended up cutting some of the best performers at Zynga (HR and C suite's decision-making abilities are questionable), leaving behind some cheaper but very mediocre performers.

    My studio has too many leads and too political to get anything done.

    All upper management cares about is pleasing the investors (not their players or employees). They haven't been able to ship a good mobile title organically, so they tap into their free cash flow and acquire other mobile gaming companies while cutting headcount. Great for the bottom line temporarily, but terrible in the long-run because some of the top performers are gone and you cannot make great games without them.

    They always claim there will not be more layoffs but a 18% layoffs occurred in May and an 15% layoffs occurred in late January. Do not believe anything upper management says anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your last round of layoffs was done carelessly. You cut some great performers and kept some very medicore performers to save several grand per year for each employee. Now the rest of us is struggling to keep afloat in an already terrible environment.

    Your investors-first policy is only great in inflating the stock price. In a good market like this, most of your talent would not bother staying even if they have not been laid off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Recruiting Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga as a contractor

    Pros

    flexible hours, recruiters are helpful

    Cons

    Being a contractor is terrible--no benefits, can't be involved in Zynga activities, can't use the gym..ect

    Approves of CEO
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