Zynga

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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 (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.  

    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
  3.  

    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 a 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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  5.  

    A fantastic life-changing experience that I wouldn't trade for anything!

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

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

    Pros

    The environment is stellar and the people are absolutely amazing! You will make tons of friends, learning and teaching others all the while. If you're not having the time of your life, you're doing it wrong.

    Cons

    It's such an awesome place to work, you could end up living there if you aren't careful. Between the convenience and amenities, it can be difficult to keep track of how much time you're actually spending at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing things great, just try not to forget the little guys.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Zynga staffing and recruiting

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

    I have been working at Zynga as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to try new methods of recruiting. Stress but good kind of stress. Stress to achieve not micromanagement version of stress. Great people to work with. Everyone out to help one another. Don't need to watch your back. It's easy to recruit for a company doing super well. This company has its challenges and therefore makes you a better recruiter. Managers and engineers are very talented. They keep the bar high even during tough times which is good. New engineers are guaranteed a challenging work environment with lots to learn even if you're a senior recruiter or engineer.

    Cons

    Contractors not treated like equal. Not a big deal but sometimes inhibits your ability to do a good job on behalf of the client. Company only hires recruiters as contract-to-hire which limits their ability to hire top recruiters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work hard, play hard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, people, and environment. Challenging work.

    Cons

    No cons - unless you don't like working hard.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mafia

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

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

    Pros

    works great most of the time

    Cons

    doesn't always work all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think more strategically

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Zynga Is A pretty good company.

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

    I have been working at Zynga as an intern

    Pros

    It teaches children to how to harvest, grow and it is a game so children can enjoy.

    Cons

    It does'nt pay a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Good, to ZYNGA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    one of the best companies i've ever worked with!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    adapt, grow, accepts challenge, awesome!

    Cons

    i can't think of any cons

  11.  

    Surrounded by greatness

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I work with incredibly bright, passionate people ever day.

    Cons

    Our stock price seems to be in a real slump.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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