Zynga Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • dogs at work, compensation, free food (in 57 reviews)

  • Great perks, including great health insurance and free lunch and dinner (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance gets affected (in 42 reviews)

  • You are expected to put in incredibly long hours, but you will not be rewarded for your work as this is the norm at Zynga (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Head of Mobile Advertising

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Mobile Advertising and Partnerships in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Head of Mobile Advertising and Partnerships in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic, Smart people- good community

    Cons

    Slow entry to mobile- lost ability to monetize paid players


  2. A lot of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Have opportunities to work on different part of the system end to end.

    Cons

    Unable to attract new talents. Cannot make good games.
    Too matrices focused and missed other opportunities.

    Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

    Advice to Management

    Need better game designer and gamer dna


  3. Helpful (1)

    Product Managers are treated like Gods here

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Having worked at Zynga for over 6 years I was able to see the quick rise of the company until where it stood when I left. Things move fast at Zynga and with that you're exposed to a lot of things. Employees are encouraged to develop their own processes, create innovative ways to produce content faster, smarter, and more efficient. Everyone has access to the wealth of knowledge and tools to deep dive into the company's analytics, making this company a great place to start your foundation in data analytics and reporting.

    Cons

    If you're looking to work for a game company this is probably not the place you want to be. Zynga is a game company last and a data company first. You may find yourself scratching your head wondering why many business decisions are made when it clearly goes against any principles of game design and logic. The company aims to be profitable first rather than build fun games first, followed by profit. Product Managers dictate the entire landscape of this company, that may be a good thing if you're a Product Manager. This causes problems because every decision is driven by one group's ideals and not for the good of the product, engineering input is only second to Product Management and designers are last.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very poor at taking care of their employees when migrating between projects/teams. During my 6 years at Zynga I was given the privilege to work with many game teams spanning across all the genres of the company. The downside to this was that the management and game teams failed to transfer any knowledge from one team to another. This caused a major problem for myself and many folks throughout the company because we would then have to build new foundations with new teams even though we were senior employees.


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  5. Localization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn. Jovial work environment (for now). Encouragement to be creative and take on your own projects. Fun place to be, good perks. Good place for those that will harness their own destiny, you can eventually go far if you fight with your teeth to get ahead.

    Cons

    Too much work at too many levels which will overwhelm you if you are responsible. Too much work at too many levels which you will get away with not doing if you are irresponsible. The amount of work is not prioritized, goals and side projects may rain on you constantly. Daily process are way too meticulous for parts of the team and get in your way to get job done quickly. Receiving more work can be the most significant reward to your high performance. Direction of the team feels scattered. Chances to grow feel arbitrary and out of your control.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize. Give a clear direction. Get acquaintance with the amount of day-to-day work of a parts of the team and reduce process details where needed. Put more effort on distributing work equally.


  6. Helpful (1)

    great pay, but a soul sucking place to work for creative talent

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    Former Employee - Artist/Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Artist/Animator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    very casual environment and easy work. Lots of food, snack, and treats provided if your game makes them money. Its totally out of your control if your game makes money, but if it happens to make a ton you get all kinds of goodies. I recommend it only to friends because its easy and good money.

    Cons

    You have to abandon any real pride at the door if you are an artist and work here. The pay is great and the work and workload is easy, but the games you work on are hideous, the gameplay is bad, and dont try and change anything because everyone in charge thinks what they are working on is the most amazing and stunning thing ever, its kind of hilarious. Draw your pizza, cows, trees in the bland clipart style they demand, and you will be fine. Its also a total brofest working there, lots of graphic designers and failed animators masking as illustrators with art directors that have no actual artistic talent, immediately realized that is why things look the way they do with anything zynga does. Any talent is repressed and its kinda tragic to see someone new with actual skills take charge only to get knocked down and return to whats easy.

     Every game while working there was just ripping off another studios game, then thinking of the way to make the most money till users lost interest and then the game team would close up and get outsourced while you moved on to the next boring thing. I had some amazing artists that went on to do stunning work at other companies, but zynga beats you down so you just stop caring and do what the boss wants.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creativity and hire some talented people to lead. Make games that are actually fun and you wont have to stress out every month about why people are not spending enough money on add-on junk for a bad game.


  7. Negative culture

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people and creative thinkers. Unique

    Cons

    Negativite workplace no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    New management is necessary. More company culture and fun events better chance at reviews and griwth


  8. Director of Global player experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Global Player Experience in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Global Player Experience in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Design and complexity of games with established franchise winners.

    Cons

    Focus needed on player experience,me specially in the global market place.


  9. Great People, suffering market space

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people I worked with became really good friends, amenities are great, the office is great, the social culture was great

    Cons

    The social gaming market space is hard to survive in, constant uphill battle in explaining numbers (growth revenue), leadership was not stable


  10. Loads of perks to make terrible Management seem less awful

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga

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

    Pros

    Free meals
    great gym
    great health benefits
    good bonuses

    Cons

    Most of the upper management has no idea what they are doing and they are insanely overpaid "leaders" that are always absent, vacationing, clueless about the market they are chasing, and ask for constant last minute changes. Not tiny changes... but full blown core redesign changes, then they refuse to allow extra dev time.
    Micro-Managey ceo who completely ignores roadmaps and new IP promises... does not respect creatives at all.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to anyone that wants to actually make something new, or try something new, avoid this place like the plague. This company solely wants to play it safe for the investors and rip people off.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Engineering Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were competitive for the time, it was hard to find similar packages without commuting to the Peninsula.

    Each team and product was really a cultural microcosm, depending on what you were working on you could find real passion, fun and camaraderie.

    Cons

    What needs to be said that a hundred tech blog articles already haven't? One of the worst squanderings of opportunity in recent tech history. C level management did not deserve the workforce that they had at their disposal, and watching them fumble year after year was demoralizing.

    Is this place now anything more than a gateway in to the industry for new grads and a green card factory?

    Advice to Management

    Whatever your company vision was in 2007 it now no longer applies, the brand is poison, go back to the drawing board.



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