Zynga Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
351 Reviews
3.0
351 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 55 reviews)

  • Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays (in 40 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 26 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Hard working, hungry, ambitious company

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great, high quality, highly motivated and straight-shooting folks
    The Zynga spirit drives the company to be successful and pushes through challenging times
    The constant quest on how to be more successful, make better games, increase value for our players
    Yes, the food is amazing

    Cons

    The outside reputation and perception of Zynga are at least one year behind the reality of the current culture, which I have found very positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep building up a more game development centric culture
    Push to hire the best talents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I joined Zynga at its early stage, a lot super brilliant and hard working people.
    Great benefits
    No need to get up too early to go to work. you can go in late and leave late.

    Cons

    Too much politics going on
    work & life balance was poor
    Too many poor decisions from management team
    Too many PMs and decision makers
    but despite all these, it is definitely one of the best places to work at in the gaming industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make good games

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A good place to work, but company needs to find its footing in the market again.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People were friendly and fun to work with.
    Was treated well and valued by the company over all.
    Good pay overall as Senior -> Principal engineer role over time.

    Cons

    Weekly release feature cadence grinds could get pretty monotonous.
    Engineering work often degraded into repeated Actionscript3 and JSON for feature creation on web based games. Most engineers wanted newer challenges to tackle (understandably).
    Other peoples dogs barking and peeing under my desk repeatedly during work hours. (No I didn't have a dog.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities to innovate and create truly unique products by the people doing the creating.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great workplace

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of products to work on
    Great teams, and well balanced work environment
    Fun workplace, and a lot of opportunity for growth
    A lot of benefits, with many provided services

    Cons

    Every team seems to be working on their own,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should be more involved with the games

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Better now stronger leadership

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work on games, which is cool. The pay is decent and the people can be really fun. the building is nice and new, and it does not feel crowded.

    Cons

    The open door to dogs makes the place smell like a kennel. The overtime can get really bad, and overall burn out is common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is still too much middle management. There are armies of people making spreadsheets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Loved my time at Zynga

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

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

    Pros

    Rocket ship growth
    Awesome workspace
    Great people
    Games

    Cons

    Lots of ups and downs
    Finding hits is hard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Started just before IPO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Team well fairly well managed, worked with people to keep them to stay
    - bonuses and offsite perks
    - good opportunity for new grads

    Cons

    - very stressful
    - long hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    a sunken ship

    Current Employee - Production Artist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Production Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Free Food, perks, great people

    Cons

    Zynga doesn't innovate anymore...Layoffs have also affected the moral of the entire team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not the best gaming company but a great analytics company, good for college pass outs to have fun and burn midnight oil.

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, Lots of benefits, good for someone who is just out of college

    Cons

    Numbers driven rather than Tech/Fun/Design Driven, which is essential for a gaming company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve work-life balance, focus of having Fun rather than numbers. The company is supposed to be a gaming company not a Analytics based company. In that case change you are not connecting the world through games anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you can handle it, you'll excel.

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - People - Love or hate the games, the people behind this company are it's best asset. Smart, driven, fast and always open to help, you'll be pulled forward by them and if you're smart enough to find a good mentor, they'll help you push yourself to new heights. Go for the people!
    - Be your own CEO - Ability to own and impact large areas of whatever you're working on with distributed decision making.
    - Zynga Speed == Pragmatic - To move fast you have to make trade-offs and this place will teach you how to do it better than anyone out there.
    - Zynga First - Egos get pushed aside when someone challenges you with "is that Zynga first?"
    - Meritocracy - Doesn't matter if you're in QA, Documentation or Design, your voice gets heard and the best ideas rise to the top if people have the confidence to speak up.
    - Level Up - If you aspire to move up and can both build and execute upon a plan to grow your career then Zynga will reward you with upwards mobility. Just don't think working REALLY hard is enough, it's not, you need to show results.
    - Innovate - the games might not always show it (see cons) but internally the company is never afraid to change itself, processes, teams or tech in order to move forward. Sometimes that's a messy thing but at least it breaks the old molds and creates new ones.

    Cons

    - Insane hard pace at times, you'll burn out if you can't figure out how to stay healthy (which is your responsibility).
    - Regurgitation - games can be very derivative and there are economies of scale in doing so, move around to make sure you don't get bored, 1 year per team.
    - Ruled by Numbers - sometimes you need to use gut and intuition but those aren't always trusted if there's no comparable numbers to look at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address financial matters with transparency and honesty and you'll re-kindle the flame that started Zynga.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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