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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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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?


  2. Helpful (1)

    "highly variant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    food is good
    lots of small events
    cool arcade
    DEPENDING ON THE TEAM: great culture/ expertise

    Not sure where to put this, but the company has lots of studios and you experience will most def vary based on which team you are placed on. Which I would say is good and bad. Central teams have a way better work life balance while game teams are more likely to crunch. HOWEVER Zynga is very FAIR when it comes to compensation, so if you do put in those extra hours you will be paid for it.

    Cons

    going down hill fast
    lots of perks reduced
    hard to find red bull now
    DEPENDING ON TEAM: not so great culture/ expertise


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