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"Decent perks and compensation, at the cost of your creative spirit."

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Former Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Senior Artist in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

- Great perks like gym, massages, haircuts, snacks, drinks, and meals.
- Decent compensation.
- Bring your dog to work.
- Results-driven and fast-paced.

Cons

- Severely political to the point of hampering productivity and creativity.
- Near-zero value for creativity, artistry, and innovation in products.
- Too focused on metrics and numbers as opposed to creating meaningful user experiences.
- Almost all projects are "fast follows" (copycats) of existing hits.
- Terrible executive management.

Advice to Management

- Put more emphasis on creativity and innovation instead of just giving lip service.
- Focus on a solid long-term vision for the company as opposed to following whatever is a currently a hit game to copy.
- Stop policies that encourage political behavior among the workforce.
- Value your artists, designers, and engineers just as much as PMs.

Other Employee Reviews for Zynga

  1. "Still a great place to learn."

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    Former Employee - Lead Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented people still at zynga, and some of them (not the majority, mind you) will help you learn how to be better at your job, whatever it is. You will have to seek these people out yourself, but if you do when you leave here your career will have benefitted substantially, even if your wallet hasn't.

    Cons

    Morale is in a bad place (but... Is almost certain to be in for an upswing with the new CEO) and management is on a fairly long run of under execution and lack of a clear vision.

    Advice to Management

    The green light process needs to work at least some of the time.
    Licensed IP is winning in mobile, why not find a partner for this?


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    "Nice Perks and Benefits, Poor Morale, Meritocracy is Dead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, great health/vision/dental plan, 401K, ESPP, free gourmet food and buffet and organic snacks, free coffee/gourmet drinks/soda/juices, they rent out several high quality food trucks after every quarterly meeting and it's all you can eat, free gym and classes, unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    I used to believe in their "meritocracy" when I first came on. I was a huge advocate of Zynga for the first year and a half. But recently we've faced major cutbacks, layoffs and restructuring, and found the company will no longer be giving bonuses for the next year and a half. I worked extremely hard but Zynga doesn't recognize hard work; their awards ceremony works like a high school rally in that it's a huge popularity contest. And the higher ups will continue to take credit for the grunts' hard work, no matter how much of an influence you make. Good ideas are shot down if it isn't a tried and true game that makes millions on the market; they speak of innovation year after year but it is still all about fast following for the money. Morale is sinking lower and lower, only the ones who are gung-ho about Zynga Spirit or those that make the most cash for the company (despite lack of innovation) will get that $100,000 stock reward, or $5000 cash plus a 4-day trip to any place in the world, or get to borrow the company Tesla.

    Advice to Management

    Give some of the employees you stepped on some recognition with a bonus or at least a verbal mention; we all know you can spare a little if you're spending all this money on other things.

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