Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
370 Reviews
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Zynga India - synonym for Favoritism, Nepotism, Corruption

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

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

    Pros

    Food. Good enough facilities. Amiable security staff (nothing else to write !!)

    Cons

    In Zynga India HR and ceratain bosses has the ultimate say against any reason & justification. haughty and ludicrous HR top. Top notch favoritism. Shameless mouth-blabbering wins over dedication and skill. Corruption in art-outsourcing. The manager who initiated large amount art-outsourcing to certain indian companies draws huge amounts from them as fringe-benefit, monthly. preposterous country manager.

    Basicaly The top bosses wants to pocket as much dollars as possible from USA, while all this lasts. This is a place for mouth-blabbers, smart-talkers and shameless butt-kissers. Not a place for skilled folks who consider there careers important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy your life. But remember, if you are unethical and rotten to your subordinates , it reflects everywhere, even to yourself. Why this life?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Food is the only good thing

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good food. Good compensation. There is nothing else good about Zynga.

    Cons

    The HR has control over everything that happens at Zynga.
    Performance does not matter
    Way too much office politics
    Career growth takes a backseat
    Contract employees are treated like crap
    The money and employees are underutilized.
    Its a sinking ship and nothing is being done to revive it.
    Very unorganised in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with new better and creative games and not just improvise on the same old existing games.
    There s way too much money spent on keeping the employees enterained which is a waste sometimes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Zynga is for people who like to lick the boots of HR & know to blow their trumpet well...

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

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

    Pros

    Food, Food, nothing much to mention about

    Cons

    >> Attitude of HR [Big heads] as Appraisal, Perks & Compensation is in their Hands. Never seen a company like this before.
       Its like supreme power given to Monkeys, their experience & Maturity level is way below their knees. Professionalism, Culture & Ethics is absolutely shitty.
    >> Only people who lick HR boots get good hikes & perks, all other dedicated employees are ignored.
    >> Not a place for prompt, disciplined, silent & smart workers.
    >> HR promises many things while offering, hardly keep such promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    >> Try to recognise people with open mindedness. Dont presume things & reward people of your choice.
    >> All that glitters is not Gold, recognise individual's contribution towards work than their licking/boasting capabilities.
    >> Stop playing with people's career. Day is not too far where everyone will witness the ship sinking.
    >> Follow the 3M rule: Effective utilisation of Men, Material & Money - Core thing missing in Zynga [Colossal waste of 3M].

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    There are much better companies to work for in the area

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are still some good people working for the outfit, so if you are an intern it may be a good way to get industry experience. Otherwise it's a dead end job with a company that is going nowhere fast.

    Cons

    The company is a true and honest sweatshop. Zynga is not an innovator, but a replicator. If you consider yourself creative you have no business working for the company. It's all abou aping other people's games and making a quick buck while you are at it. This is not a sustainable long-term plan, the financials and the stock price show it. Zynga is stingy with salaries and "generous" with stock, that happens to drop like a rock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pincus should let someone who knows what they are doing run the company. He is clearly not up to the task, nor are any of his lieutenants. Unfortunately, he would rather drive the company into the ground because of his ego.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management needs improving

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Free food, good benefits, can bring your dog to work, has many guest speakers. Excluding management you'll get to work with a lot of talented people.

    Cons

    Every project I've been on has had a team of amazing talented people to work with, but unfortunately it's the complete opposite for management. Poor management decisions leads to unnecessary crunch time and constantly having to redo old work. With the consistent poor leadership of those in charge, I'm honestly surprised Zynga can ever finish a game.

    I've been on a project where we had a manager harass, lie, and make unnecessary remarks to several people on the team. The entire team that worked under him let his bosses know about the problems he was causing and he ended up getting promoted.

    If you're good at office politics then you'll thrive at Zynga, otherwise stay far, far away and save yourself the stress and headaches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a team of people have problems with their manager, don't ignore them, even if you're friends with the person that's causing them.

    Have a trained psychologist screen future managers for psychopathic traits before promoting them to upper management.

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

    Oh god, just don't.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Artist
    Former Employee - Lead Artist

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

    Pros

    I guess they feed you every day.

    Cons

    The food's not that good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Waiting for the Apocalypse

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

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

    Pros

    Fun start-up culture and perks but honestly, it's a waste of money.

    Cons

    Management at many levels is confused or misdreicted. Ever changing focus and intiatives. Cronyism is rampant. Lack of transparency. Never saw a review the whole time I was here and most of my one-on-one meetings w manger were cancelled, then he left the company about 8 months after he hired me. Currently working on my exit strategyu, actually, Iahve it already, just enjoying the view as Rome burns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some grown-ups in charge, consider selling massive re-org and lay-offs no doubt must be coming.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Fine until you burn out

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people, interesting projects

    Cons

    50-60h weeks with no time off and the occasional week on-call with around the clock alerts WILL result in you burning out. When I joined the recruiter told me about how people are encouraged to take time off between projects, but the reality is when you get ahead on a project they pile up more work for you. It doesn't matter how hard you work to get ahead, they still just pile up more. All this delays your project so at the end of the quarter you barely make your deadline; then the next quarter and the next project comes up. After 16 months I finally gave up and left, having had not a single day off (I was on call for many of the holidays as well). They didn't even pay me for my two weeks of legally mandated vacation I never got to take, the cheap bastards. Few career opportunities for engineers unless you want to become a manager. Worthless equity that's a risky tax liability. If you have any sort of marketable technical skill and drive, then Zynga is probably a waste of your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You mean well but end up treating people like you're the only employer in San Francisco and they have no alternatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company.

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

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

    Pros

    Good perks. Free food. In the city. Dog friendly.

    Cons

    Long hours. Boring work. Inefficient process. High turn over. Very bad tech. Politics. Ineffective management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the stock price at 3 dollars, managers have their own issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Too many undelivered promises

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free food
    Smart people

    I was working on one of the "ville" games and I thought it was going to be a lot more interesting given how many millions of users we had.

    Cons

    Zero passion about the games
    Grueling hours - my manager made me cancel a family vacation once
    Very narrow scope and responsibilities
    Hug team size plummeting stock price - I was told by the recruiter that we should expect $100 stock price a year after IPO. There should be a law against this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove Mark as CEO and put someone in his place that actually cares about the products they make.
    Smaller teams and more achievable deadlines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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