Zynga Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Mark Pincus
33 Ratings

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. The people make this company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer New Grad in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer New Grad in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Team members are intelligent and pro-active in fixing existing issues with the game, all devs (at least in my studio) is intrinsically driven to make the games better - Everyone's friendly and willing to help - Great benefits and food - Rapid learning and career advancement for those who are motivated (especially for new grads)

    Cons

    - Middle management doesn't communicate as well as they should - Priorities in features/scrum work can change too frequently

    Advice to Management

    Keep things transparent and stick to a consistent road map


  2. Game company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, OK work life balance, friendly people

    Cons

    Product/project timeline changes too frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Better mid-term planning on projects to meet the KPIs.


  3. Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - G&A in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - G&A in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked at Zynga for nearly 4 years and my experience has been phenomenal. I've never worked in an organization that truly provided opportunities for employees to catapult their careers to the next level. The company fosters a creative and collaborative environment. My team is amazing - we work hard and have fun doing so. Overall, company culture is improving with Mark's return and I'm optimistic about what the future holds for Zynga. Perks/Benefits are fantastic. Cadillac medical/dental/vision plans where Zynga pays 100% of premiums for employees. 401k match, great workout facility and the culinary team is top notch.

    Cons

    The leadership changes have been tough on some groups but I'm hopeful that Mark and his staff will get everyone back on a path with a clear strategic direction. Zynga represents a meritocracy and while it may not be for everyone, folks that are ambitious and motivated to help the company through this transition will do very well here.


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  5. Great place to work, if you get on the right team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits. If you get lucky enough to be on a top tier game, the work is exciting.

    Cons

    Upper leadership seems to change direction every year or so. Some game teams get shut down before they get a change to really shine.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, make only slight adjustments. Do a better job at hiring people who want to stay for the long term.


  6. Good and bad - rewarded for hard dedicated work - then flushed by unintelligent upper management.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well rewarded for hard work, it will take huge reserves of energy and time, but you can do and learn a lot if you can hack it. Well paid and good benefits. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Unless you kiss up to the right people then all that hard work and recognition can be flushed out of the company with little consideration by apparently ignorant company level management. Entire game teams can be cut, with no smart decisions about who might be worth keeping.

    Advice to Management

    Connect more with your game teams and learn who the real hard workers are.


  7. Micromanagement at its best

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Food Benefits Pay Gym Coffee The people that work in the service of Zynga ex. culinary are the best people I have had the pleasure of interacting with.

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism and unfairness thrown in peoples faces. If you are well liked the skys the limits here. The tip to succeed at Zynga is to be a good talker. Talk a lot, but do very little. Good intentions with no follow through go well here. A lot of bad talking and unprofessional comments spoken out loudly for people around to hear by management. Huge egos and passive aggressive behavior from upper management. Inconsistent planning and misleading talks about the future Micromanaging nightmare Crappy games Lots of lay offs Steal ideas from other games that have proven track records. No desire for innovation Greedy game makers. Its all about money here. If you are creative person go somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and foster a positive healthy work environment that isn't based on fear


  8. Zynga IMHO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and bonuses awarded each quarter.

    Cons

    There was too much organizational politics above studio level.


  9. Politics, man.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people who care about what they do. Exciting atmosphere Unparalleled Perks Competitive compensation Dog friendly Great food Delicious coffee

    Cons

    Toxic politics High turn over No clear guidance with career advancement Poor communication from C-Staff, trickles down through the rest of the organization Mixed messages about company trajectory Frequent layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Examine ways to create a less toxic dynamic between employees and managers. Train managers in direct and constructive communication. Develop a clear, consistent reporting structure within business units.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not As Bad As All That

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    The perks are fantastic, the pay is good, and the work/life balance (for artists at least) has vastly improved from the hectic early years. The culture around the office is very friendly and fun, with lots of extracurricular activities and team outings. Despite the unfortunate rounds of layoffs, the company really does seem to care about its employees.

    Cons

    Way too much thrash at the executive and management levels. No one seems to be able to come up with a plan and stick to it. Not much conviction behind most projects, so your hard work will most likely never see the light of day. At the end of the day, the goal is always to follow the current market leader, so don't expect a lot of room for radical new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Have a vision and stick to it. Rely on small, nimble teams to create games and actually release them into the market. Create a portfolio wide enough so that teams don't become paralyzed by expectations to create the next company-saving hit.


  11. Lead Artist

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing campus life with all the amenities. The production staff are top quality and believe in the art of making games.

    Cons

    CEO and other senior management have fumbled time and time again trying to make the company relevant. Lots of pivoting on game ideas without any confidence in the projects. Is turning more in to a money making business than a creative business.



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