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"Not a place for a seasoned game designer to work"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
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Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

The free food is nice. The people I worked with were genuinely friendly, very talented, and most are highly motivated.

Cons

Web development culture has little understanding of game development. The company lacks agility and relies too much on the same formulas again and again. Little forward thought or drive to innovate.

Advice to Management

Remove Product Managers from the game design process. They should exist in an supervisory capacity, ensuring that profitability is addressed, but should not be making design decisions.

Other Employee Reviews for Zynga

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Self Destructive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Obnoxious Perks
    High Salaries
    Free Food
    Free Beer
    Parties
    Good people

    Cons

    Non-creative environment
    Long hours
    Excessive executive interference
    Excessive middle management
    Excessive production processes
    Slow iteration
    Wasteful spending
    Good-ol Boy Network
    Politics

    Advice to Management

    Old Zynga is much better than New Zynga


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Principal Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, and seriously, nothing beats Game development in terms of engineering challenges.

    Cons

    Bad press and negative outside perceptions due to some unfitted employees (possibly from too many bad acquisitions and recruitments).

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on hiring the right people with the right mindset.

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