I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in April 2012.
Zynga has a great interview culture - one of the best I've ever been exposed to. Things started with a call from an internal recruiter, who had been poked by a friend of mine. He arranged a phone screen, which served as a poseur filter ("Reverse a linked list!", "DFS a tree!"), and was efficiently conducted. I was brought in just a few days later for in-person interviews, which worked through issues at the operational ("How would you handle proactive hardware provisioning for a giant web application?"), strategic ("Sketch a million-user presence system!"), and tactical ("Implement a distributed hash table!") levels. Every interviewer was on-time and showed evidence of having read my resume and thought it through. That level of preparation warmed my heart, since I had been the "tech interview guy" for years at a previous employer, and finally got a little karmic reward.
Reasons for Declining
It wasn't my best offer, in money terms, and I wound up with a more technically challenging position elsewhere, with the only company that did a better interview process.
The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Zynga (Seattle, WA) in March 2011.
Standard stuff. prelim screening, then on-site - 4-5 1hr interviews.
You gotta be good at interviews. Wrote a hashtable implementation on the board (can you code).
Solved a few distributed systems problems - bank of webservers, tiers of caching, dealing with connection fan-in, etc (do you understand systems and networks, not just FOR loops).
Few other questions - interviewers were pretty good at it. I learned a few things to use in my own interviews.
I didn't need to negotiate. They hooked me up - serious efforts were taken to double my stock grant when I didn't even know what was on the line. Negotiate with what? No one else would pay me that much.
I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Zynga (Bengaluru (India)) in March 2016.
Recruiter contacted me through phone and asked for preferred timings. Had 1 round of phone screen and multiple rounds of design, architecture and coding. Had a HR round which was focused on managerial and soft skills. Interviewers are on time and friendly throughout.
Upfront communication from recruiter and rounds scheduled properly.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (Bengaluru (India)) in February 2016.
I applied to Zynga through linkedin for their Game Services team, and the process moved really fast. I had one on one interview with the Engineering Director at the SF office, who asked basic concepts (how hashmaps works, write code for find if the given strings are anagram or not etc.).
I got call next day morning and f2f interviews were scheduled after 3 days. I met the Engineering Manager for the game services team for the first round, and she largely asked about my current project, how would I go about selecting rdbms vs nosql for a project, and writing code to remove duplicates from a linkedlist etc.
Second round was design/architecture round with a senior developer, and we spent the entire time discussing how to design a leaderboard. She was looking at the "sorted set" implementation of redis, which I was not aware of beforehand.
Third round was with Senior Engineering Director, who had been in the bangalore office for a visit. He asked basic questions about time/space complexity for the given code snippet and asked me to program how to insert a number in a sorted linked list.
After that I met the HR manager, who asked about expected CTC, when can I join etc. and usual HR questionnaire, and told me that they would get back to me in next 2-3 days with their response. I got a rejection mail about a week later.
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (Bengaluru (India)) in January 2016.
This company not known for great experience.
But contrary to that I had great experience with both HR and Engineers.
Interview was conducted for Gaming service team. 2 online rounds where I was asked 1) Linkedlist 2)BST and 3)Distributed top K questions
After that I was invited to Bangalore. First round was DS and Algo. Second interview conducted by Tech Director of Farmville 2 and he asked only one question of converting Roman Number to Decimal. Third round with Country Manager with usual questions.
Lunch was there(heard good things about their lunch) with Fish, Chicken, WaterMelon, Papayya, Paneer, Chapati, Rassam etc
Finally they offered me good compensation.
ZYNGA is sinking ship but holds i) Cash of > $1 Billion and ii)Confidence of making big in Mobile mkt. They have one game "Dawns of Titans" waiting to be launched in 2016. I wish it changes the Fortune of Zynga(because Zynga known to reward employees with open hands).
I had great experience with both Engineers and HR. But I felt very bad when I declined their offer as I was uncomfortable to shift to Banaglore
Reasons for Declining
Only because I was not comfortable to move from Pune to Bangalore. Otherwise they were offering great compensation(felt like they are pay master, but you need to negotiate hard)
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