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"almost everything wrong with Zynga"

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

* Perks and benefits;
* free meals (but they were much better couple of years ago);
* still a lot of bright engineers and artists

Cons

* top and mid management (they just don't know what they want, no long term vision, nobody wants to take responsibility);
* strategy changing every time;
* permanent reorg (probably good if you want new manager every month);
* Pincus: he ruined a lot of good games. His smartest decision was resignation;
* leadership principles just don't work;
* fast follow approach for new games, no original IP;
* no central tech (almost all central tech attempts, including zcloud, failed, thanks to Cadir);
* stupid strategic decisions (zynga.com disconnected from facebook, 2nd version of everything)
* best engineers leaving;
* lack of execution, some games in development for years without any results;

Advice to Management

Zynga has some chances to survive with Don Mattrick.

Other Employee Reviews for Zynga

  1. "Great opportunities for gaining experience, but the quick changes in direction can be too disruptive."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - QA Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment and top performers are rewarded very well. If you're the type of person who likes to get up and reach for your goals, this place could work very well for you. New university grads seem to do especially well at this company and it's a great first mark on your resume.

    The perks at HQ are amazing with an onsite gym, free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, onsite barista..etc.

    Cons

    Some departments and their employees have become numbers on a spreadsheet with teams sometimes being restructured suddenly with no input from the employee. Unfortunately, this does not inspire loyalty and the rate of attrition has been rising.


  2. "Quality Assurance - A little lack luster"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Quality 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

    - Social Media GIANT
    - Good benefits
    - Competitive environment

    Cons

    - Culture has soured in lieu of profitability
    - Limited room for advancement
    - Difficulty adapting to process innovation

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for individuals to advance their careers, what is the point of a highly competitive environment without the reward?

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