Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
369 Reviews
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369 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 57 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 42 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 27 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people and a fantastic learning experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    There is free food and dogs here.

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

    I worked at Zynga as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Zynga come in all kinds, they are fun and willing to help you get your groove as soon as possible.

    There is endless amounts of food and snacks, and its always changing so you'll always be trying out new things.

    Dogs! There are dogs everywhere, if you are an employee and you have a dog, remember, its bring your dog to work day everyday.

    Cons

    Some of the users that we would get just wouldn't make our job easier, even though most of the people at Zynga are great, there are always those that just only care about themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are supposed to make decisions for you, but there can be some that make the decisions that their employees will not agree with. Make sure that the problem you are trying to fix is something that bothers everyone else, not just you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Super Fun Company

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of fun, High base salary, People are nice, Good Benefit

    Cons

    Not very stable, Stock is low, Hard to ship attracting games

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great to place to learn product management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    - Smart colleagues
    - Data-driven culture
    - Good office/food/benefit
    - Location
    - Open to recruite smart people with no PM/Tech experience

    Cons

    - Instability for the future
    - The culture varies by studios

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what we are good at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I learned more than I've ever learned anywhere else.

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    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work with highly intelligent people on interesting mobile development problems. Also, they have free food and gym membership!

    Cons

    The reputation of their games is pretty bad, so everyone made fun of me for working there. They made fun of me even more for enjoying it. Also, because of this reputation (and the poor market value of the company) moral was super low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some games that aren't just money hungry. Make some games that the employees can be proud of. Don't just fast follow, make real new and innovative games.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unique place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, excellent culinary department, but most of all great people.

    Cons

    You need to have an intense interest in social games. It's also still mostly driven by metrics and needs more emphasis on good game design.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very challenging place, CEO of your own work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to take up more responsibilities

    Cons

    Decisions are taken in very less time by higher management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    Favorite Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - great compensation and perks (free lunch/dinner, bonuses, gym, etc.)
    - work has effect on the culture at large given huge audience; feel like you have a voice
    - though it can vary by team, people are friendly and smart
    - making games is more enjoyable than most other types of software development
    - lots of exposure to new technologies / learn a lot

    Cons

    - can be long hours and weekends, esp. around game launches
    - can involve travel at times
    - stock is struggling, and aforementioned perks+compensation a bit dialed back as a result
    - job security can be an issue if a game is not successful (though that is less the case for engineers)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways to support innovation. Where's Zynga's Angry Birds / Bejeweled / Mario Bros. / etc. i.e. brilliant, original classic game?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture - fascinating products

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast, entrepreneurial and very very meritocratic.

    Cons

    not for folks who need a comfortable and static environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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