Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
383 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    there is nothing good about Zynga except for the compensation

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    good compensation is the only good thing. Except for that I don't find any other good thing about this job!!

    Cons

    negative career growth ( the shitty management and politics will make you even forget your previous skills), inexperienced managers, not so knowledgable people left in the company anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please get some management skills and try to make sense!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mercenaries, not Missionaries

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people who came from consulting, investment banking, and a wide range of experience. Compensation was nice, good facade of meritocracy, office had ample food and snacks. Gym was a plus. I went back recently and I thought to myself that the place looks nicer than when I left, which is odd since the company's stock value has gone down.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, terrible leadership, idiotic management who had rose through the ranks by bullying individuals and humiliating people. Turns out when the stock price goes sour, all of these people run for the hills because they were only in the zero-sum company for the gain they could take from others anyway. I think I learned bad habits here that I'll have to recover from - like thinking that everyone else is out to get you and to think that company politics is how all companies are run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up a little guys. Stop trying to over-manage things. Instead, try to embody the parts of the bay area that make startups powerful. Focus on new platforms and stop trying to optimize and milk your way to profitability. Instead, test, iterate quickly, and be like the initial Zynga, not the one it's become.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Employees were great, honest, and funny..

    Cons

    Different departments DO NOT work together at all. There is NO cooperation between different groups on even important projects.
    Do not expect direction or guidance from your manager, or even support.
    Managers do not create and implement effective policies or processes.
    No communication of important initiatives and programs company-wide.

    There are massive lay-offs every year, and the best people are laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees on where the company is going, and what the long term strategy is, and how employees fir in.
    Mandate that teams work together.
    Communicate important initiatives and programs to all employees.
    Be

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company ever.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Producer
    Former Employee - Associate Producer

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

    Pros

    They paid well, and allow dogs at the office.

    Cons

    12+ hour days are normal. You're ripping people off and you know it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Rarely felt appreciated, often felt exploited

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Specialist - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Community Specialist - Hourly in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers are super smart, talented, and motivated. Great perks, including great health insurance and free lunch and dinner. Your dog can chill with you at work, or, if you don't have a dog, you can probably borrow a coworker's!

    Cons

    While the perks are nice, it does not make up for the fact that, unless you are a developer or product manager, your salary may not even be competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad compensation, bad work/life balance, horrible upper Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are mostly young and driven. Work from home option.

    Cons

    - HR and upper Management one of the worst I have ever experienced
    - Level ups and comp increase heavily depended on how well you cuddle up to HR or upper Management
    - frequent late nights and weekend work
    - no transparency for anything from Level ups to why certain Studios are preferred over others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up and look at who is really working and reward those, take away some power from HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No management direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Free food still for now.

    Cons

    After working here for over there years, the company keeps changing its direction. You get no management support. All the good people are leaving for better job with other company's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay away, at least for now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented people being managed by monkeys is a certain recipe for a disaster. Rather sad really.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Free food and the paycheck cleared the bank.

    Cons

    Employee morale is so low, if you work her you will become depressed and stressed out. As tempting as it may sound at first, you will definitely want to save your time and stay far away from this ticking time bomb.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible management

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The food is okay, and this is the only thing I can think of as a positive factor of this company

    Cons

    Bad management, severe office politics, bad work/life balance, no bonus if you are not in game team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too frustrated to give advice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    not so good.

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

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

    Pros

    Fun at work. No leaves policy. Flexi hours

    Cons

    No job security. Continuous lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don hire if you cant promise their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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