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"great experience that prepares you for your next position"

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

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

Pros

Most creative people I have ever worked with
- Good Food
- Great perks
- Fun place to work

Cons

- Inconsistency in level-up/promotions. I have seen people that merit their award or level up, but it is very much about who you know and a lot of brown nosing.
- The test team never gets the merit they deserve, they lost their leadership and now are lead by someone that never plays a game and doesn't listen to his team, and doesn't understand gaming
- Too many producers that think they rule the world
- They keep making the same game over and over and launch with the same issues
- Great food...expect to gain weight when you work there
- HR - no consistency in hiring, salaries, promos and every raise or hire has to be approved at least 5 times. Lose good candidates because the approval is sitting on the HR heads desk
- No 401K match
- Too many execs or upper management that don't understand what is happening in the trenches

Advice to Management

Open your eyes and look at your workforce, and give merit where merit is due.

Other Employee Reviews for Zynga

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Not sure what the hype was ever about"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building, food, snacks. Paycheck & benefits OK.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Pincus does deserve credit for seeing the Facebook wave before everyone else in the lineup, but that's about it. Maybe if he'd spent more time paying attention to what was going on instead of screwing others out of their stock or counting his $ after the best timed secondary offering ever, things would be different. Other big names (Van Natta, Schappert, Cottle, etc.) not worth $100k apiece annually let alone the tens of millions they walked away with.

    Advice to Management

    Too late...and they wouldn't take good advice anyway.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very talented workers - but very poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I met some very talented, passionate folks that deeply cared about making good games. Get on the right team with the right manager and the right project - you could have a very good experience. And if you really care about little perks like free soda and LOTS of t-shirts, you'll find that too.

    Cons

    The management is poor. What leadership says to the company often doesn't reflect what actually happens. They don't know when to kill a bad game pre-launch nor how to pick fresh ideas to enliven the haggard portfolio. They reward people for doing very short-term-gain things that hurt the games (and therefore, the company) in the long run. And worst of all: management never grasped the core need to make fun games, and make fun the priority. All game design decisions were trumped by the financial, and many good games were strangled to death by the management-mandated addition of "social features" and other revenue-based mechanics.

    Advice to Management

    Empower more employees to make original games. They can, and want to. Little incubation groups. There was internal lip service about this before (never went anywhere). You cannot rely on the flagship -Ville games forever. Unleash your best employees, let them show you the way. Or they will leave...

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