Zynga Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Challenging place to work at, but fun once you find your niche

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the smartest people in the Valley regardless of the discipline. There's also a strong chance that you'll become a big fan of the product you are working on as well.

    Cons

    i think the biggest problem at Zynga is the number of pivots a product might go through and those decisions coming from the execs.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the smart people you've hired and let them create a product based on data and instincts.


  2. An opportunity to grow your skills will respectful and intelligent people admist a whirlwind of fluctuating strategies

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at Zynga for five years now, and I've observed the following things to be consistent as I have moved around it. - I have rarely encountered individuals who are not driven to succeed or disrespectful. - 3.5 out of 5 star food provided daily with other options somewhat nearby. - Strong sense of ownership of business outcomes - Great place to learn and grow for technical disciplines. At better times, efficient work is rewarded. - Pay is a little above reasonable for the area. - Culture encourages having fun at the workplace but still be professional about it.

    Cons

    - There feels like there is a conflict between attempting to be transparent about strategy and covering up internal politics at the upper management level. Very often, management will have high degrees of confidence of current directions of development, but be misguided in their confidence. - Turnover has been getting higher as confidence in the company has gone down. When this occurs at the management levels, it results in thrash in strategy. - The stock price has not been a very high payoff for a long time employee. - Contracting work can particularly suck, especially when working remote. It is fairly easy to feel left in the dark.

    Advice to Management

    I understand that business objectives take precedence and things need to happen, but please make sure you are internally consistent with your objectives and your analysis. It gets very frustrating when you feel like you're getting the run around of what's really going on when times are tough.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Horribly abusive managers, inconsistent personal reviews, highly critical of personal life.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food Gym onsite Parking Health benefits Hardware Employee events Giants suite

    Cons

    Appalling behavior from executives and senior leaders Lots of favoritism and nepotism to determine who gets bonuses - not based on merit Inconsistent planning for the future, misleading speeches from execs Lots of layoffs Huge egos and snarky attitudes Unprofessional comments, lots of criticism 24/7 Long hours (early mornings and late nights) only to prove oneself - need to stay even if your work is done Expected to come in when sick Lots of rotation with managers (5 in 3 years) Work through the holidays Micromanaged Dishonest leadership Crappy games that launch prematurely Lying to investors Terrible customer service for fans/players No care for audience, pure greed to take money from players Horrible pay

    Advice to Management

    Quit


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Wrong place, wrong time.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Zynga was in the right place at the right time to benefit from the explosive growth and viral marketing of Facebook. They had spectacular success up until 2012 despite tedious, uninspired game designs.

    Cons

    The company exists to enrich the founder and his friends, management cannot be trusted because they are focused on their own needs, not the needs of rank and file employees. The company's rapid success attracted a bunch of phonies and posers who were only there for a quick payday. Massive brain drain due to the stock's collapse has robbed them of most of their talent. The company was built around Facebook gaming, now that mobile has eclipsed Facebook and Flash is pretty much dead, Zynga has been unable to transition to mobile as well as more nimble companies.

    Advice to Management

    You are not as smart as you think you are.


  6. Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Got to work with some really great, smart people. Exciting time launching knew games

    Cons

    Tough culture. Lots and lots of pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to a few well known game mechanics. Put out lots of tests of new games.


  7. Strong individual contributors, no leadership

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong product folks and devs

    Cons

    Weak leadership, constant changes in strategy and org structure


  8. Helpful (1)

    Currently at Z-town

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    Current Employee - CA - California in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CA - California in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunity to fix things, great perks (love the food!), fun company culture, and love having an on-site gym.

    Cons

    However, some of the negative aspects are around the financial health and longevity of the company, change in management and direction, and lack of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to get GREAT games out, invest in the people (training goes a long way), and pay fairly (there are other options in SF...).


  9. Helpful (1)

    You are well cared of, but might need to really stand out to ger promoted or advance

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - You got free lunch and dinner ( and food is okay too) - Perks and swags are abundannt, and if oyu like showing off your company then by all means wear it - Facility is very nice. you have a Gamer feel type of environment. There are also a lot of free services available (Last time i worked) - Benefits are okay

    Cons

    - Gets very busy and will have no time to enjoy the free amenities the company provides - It's really who you know and not what you know ( I got screwed by my pay and bonuses/raises. never got one on my whole 3 years working there even when I worked my butt off) - With the company being that big, its hard to really stand out and be recognized. You really need to get along with everyone. If you have one person that doesnt like you, that's one negative points for you.Again, It's all who you know and what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Really take care of your employees. See through it to have their quarterly review. are met and any hard work is well compensated or rewarded.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Nice perks

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - nice perks including free meals, snakes etc. - good place to learn game development

    Cons

    - management lost vision since IPO and bad execution after IPO too.

    Advice to Management

    need figure out how to keep users


  11. Helpful (4)

    Stay clear!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Food, Rich in benefits. free massages. free food. free coffee + unlimited vacation policy

    Cons

    First, I am not a bitter X employee. I left on my own terms after 6 months and ran like the wind. Prior to joining this organization, I was told by several X co-workers to stay away. I wanted to learn on my own. Sure, you can bring your dog, they offer 3 free meals a day, have a cool gym, and an open vacation policy. Taking a day off is nearly impossible given the amount of guilt and pressure they put on you. They aren't making any new games and their direction changes daily. Change is good in tech, however, this place changes way too much and causes fear among employees. The exec team and their EA’s have some attitude like they are the hot place to be. They need to get over themselves given the state of the company and a stock price at $2 a share! There is a head EA that is bulldog that can’t be trusted. She told one of the EA’s on my group that if they don’t do things her way they will be gone. The CEO is not well rated but to be fair the original founder destroyed management and was not well liked. Zynga had its day – stay clear of this joint and the exec team. It’s falling apart at the seams. There are SO many other great places in the valley to settle for this place. This place is an outside recruiter’s playground!

    Advice to Management

    Start over with entire new exec team



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