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"Favorite Job"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

- great compensation and perks (free lunch/dinner, bonuses, gym, etc.)
- work has effect on the culture at large given huge audience; feel like you have a voice
- though it can vary by team, people are friendly and smart
- making games is more enjoyable than most other types of software development
- lots of exposure to new technologies / learn a lot

Cons

- can be long hours and weekends, esp. around game launches
- can involve travel at times
- stock is struggling, and aforementioned perks+compensation a bit dialed back as a result
- job security can be an issue if a game is not successful (though that is less the case for engineers)

Advice to Management

Find better ways to support innovation. Where's Zynga's Angry Birds / Bejeweled / Mario Bros. / etc. i.e. brilliant, original classic game?

Other Employee Reviews for Zynga

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Once was good, but slowly declining"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Awesome perks: Free meals, coffee, beverages and snacks, and swag
    2) Every day is bring your dog to work day
    3) Connect and work with some amazing people
    4) Create games and help them evolve

    Cons

    1) Employee retention - losing a lot of talent due to either budget cuts/lay offs or just leaving in general due to environment.
    2) Management doesn't seem to listen or care when it comes to great ideas or suggestions
    3) Wasteful spending on certain things that led to office closings and layoffs including outsourcing
    4) Community to player relations are at an all time low
    5) Player retention is poor
    6) Listening to advice/complaints is very poor

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what the players want, that's what is driving your revenue. Take some time and listen to what community/players are saying and make sure the games run smooth. Tone down the cadence, as well as find a way to stick to a budget so you will not have to make "painful cuts"


  2. "Great culture - fascinating products"

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

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

    Pros

    Fast, entrepreneurial and very very meritocratic.

    Cons

    not for folks who need a comfortable and static environment.

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