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"Lots of opportunity to hone politicking skills"

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

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

Pros

Huge potential for career growth with the proper networking and connections
Meritocracy still in place for ENTRY LEVEL positions
Free food everywhere
Dynamic work environment for Content Producers

Cons

Work-life balance is terrible. Average work weeks = 60-70 hours, more for "crunch" times
Constant "code red" state for declining game studios
Focus on quarterly goals promotes poor short-term product/engineering decisions
Major "pivots" to company/departmental strategy make planning and reliable delivery impossible
Poor bonuses to "support" departments (infrastructure and tech teams are the worst)
Constant reorganizations exhaust employees (4 in a year for the team I was in)
Myopic product focus = huge tech debt
Waterfall SDLC (morning scrum does not make you Agile)
Too many high-performing individual contributors elevated to managers w/out training and mentoring
Impossibly Byzantine departments make it impossible to tackle large tech problems without involving 15 departments

If you are mid-level in your career, go somewhere else. You likely have a family, who you will feel guilty about neglecting. The pay will be okay, but the perks (free shirts, videogames everywhere, food, etc.) are for kids straight out of college. I'd rather pack a lunch and buy my own clothes - and I don't need videogames anywhere. Prepare for the office politics, which were easily the worst I've ever seen. Take direction well, be an excel wizard (product managers), and you should be fine.

Advice to Management

Pick a course and stick to it. Stop the 2nd class citizen structure (game studio v. not), OR stop pretending that Zynga is an egalitarian workplace. Consider the tradeoff between constant content churn and long-term tech benefits.

Other Employee Reviews for Zynga

  1. Helpful (4)

    "If you work for Zynga, you have already peaked"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, free food, great location

    Cons

    Low level of responsibility, severe micromanagement


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very fast paced, incredible people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent perks + benefits. Incredible talent. Fairly horizontal org. Dogs allowed all days. Lots of free swag. All the snacks + drinks you ever need or want. Gourmet meals every day.

    Cons

    Long hours, hectic at times. Not a very strong upper management team. A bit unclear on direction at times. Career Advancement is very possible but sometimes not very clear how

    Advice to Management

    401k Match sorely needed

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