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Major dissatisfaction

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Zynga full-time

Pros

Perks: food, gym, shuttle, salary, stock options.

Cons

People are out for themselves and will step on your back and even lie in order to advance. They are still learning how to develop games and the talent pool reflects that. Major title inflation, particularly at the studio and team leads level. Clique-ish in the extreme, particularly between management and individual contributors. Constant shifting of teams and priorities. Creativity takes a major back seat, despite recent efforts. Content is not innovative and is reskinned over and over. It's as if a bunch of recent ivy league grads jumped on an emerging market, succeeded, hired their friends and are now trying to dictate how to make sophisticated, AAA video games. They don't play games, they don't review games. All the perks in the world do not make up for these major shortcomings.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

C level management needs to clean house at the E and studio lead level.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. Great people and a fantastic learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Studio Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Studio Operations in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, meritocracy and good compensation/perks

    Cons

    too many re-orgs, no clear strategy from c-staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pick one strategy and org structure and stick with it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Fun people and environment.

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The perks are great! Free food, lots of video games and they pay well too. Their benefits package is great as well. People are great and are always happy to hang out after work.

    Cons

    Second round of layoffs just happened, but most viewed this restructuring as a positive thing for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the layoffs are all over. Doing a great job, but people are noticing a severe cutback in perks. Confidence is low as it's obvious that you are looking to cut costs anywhere that is possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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