Zynga Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Terrible culture, terrible people and a terrible product

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst I
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst I
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free food. Lots of cute puppies around.

    Cons

    Where to start? Upper management is inept. Games are clones of clones (well done clones, but still). Original thought is not wanted nor needed. Terrible terrible place to work at. The company has been suffering some serious brain drain over the past 3 years as well.

    Advice to Management

    Women and children first. bail sailors, bail bail bail.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Poor discusting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    no one sorry no compensation want of ever no - coworker experiences

    Cons

    wake up early for low money

    Advice to Management

    keep your self in college


  3. Helpful (1)

    Very bad, immature company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There really isn't a lot to say here, unfortunately.

    Cons

    Very poor culture, talent, operations, and executive staff.

    Advice to Management

    Reset everything. Great choice to remove Pincus.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Major dissatisfaction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Perks: food, gym, shuttle, salary, stock options.

    Cons

    People are out for themselves and will step on your back and even lie in order to advance. They are still learning how to develop games and the talent pool reflects that. Major title inflation, particularly at the studio and team leads level. Clique-ish in the extreme, particularly between management and individual contributors. Constant shifting of teams and priorities. Creativity takes a major back seat, despite recent efforts. Content is not innovative and is reskinned over and over. It's as if a bunch of recent ivy league grads jumped on an emerging market, succeeded, hired their friends and are now trying to dictate how to make sophisticated, AAA video games. They don't play games, they don't review games. All the perks in the world do not make up for these major shortcomings.

    Advice to Management

    C level management needs to clean house at the E and studio lead level.


  6. Helpful (2)

    there is nothing good about Zynga except for the compensation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (2)

    Mercenaries, not Missionaries

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Worst company ever.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Producer
    Former Employee - Associate Producer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stop being terrible.


  10. Rarely felt appreciated, often felt exploited

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Specialist - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Community Specialist - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    No management direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stay away, at least for now.



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