- 1.0May 11, 2011Anonymous EmployeeFormer EmployeeSan Francisco, CA
Pace (but see below); reach (millions of users - for now)
* No sense of company direction; Zynga cannot come up with a strategy to overcome the fact that it is entirely dependent on Facebook. * It is a loose collection of "studios" with little or no sharing of resources between them, resulting in serious inefficiency. * Disingenuousness is pervasive and seeps down all the way from the very top. * Zynga is not a meritocratic organization. Pettiness, paranoia, fear and back-stabbing win the day; those who "play the game" float to the top. * One of the company values is something called "Zynga Speed", which means accepting that quality will be sacrificed and long hours will be expected, over and over again. For employees aged over 25 this means your years of experience in your field will be routinely ignored; just to get the job done, you will be expected to abandon just about every principle you have learned as a skilled professional. * Deadlines are arbitrary and extremely aggressive, yet in some cases slip by several months as strategies change on a whim at the top level. * Expect to find yourself micromanaged by someone much less skilled than you, and who also has no skills in management. * A large proportion of the employees are in their first job and are treated like slaves; they will stay there until they burn out and discover a life outside Zynga. This is challenging for experienced people as the same is expected of them too. * Seasoned workers are open and vocal about their dissatisfaction with working there (read other Glassdoor reviews for confirmation). * The "no vacation policy" sounds good on the face of it, but basically it means your manager will decide not to let you take time off. * The games themselves are of dubious value. Do you want to believe in your company's products?15
- 5.0Jul 25, 2023InternCurrent Intern, less than 1 yearDallas, TX
Development of Skills: The team at Zynga goes above and beyond to help interns enhance their skills. The hands-on approach allowed me to learn and adapt in real-time, significantly contributing to my professional development. Supportive Team: I was fortunate to be a part of a team that was always ready to lend a helping hand. My colleagues made sure to provide insights, knowledge, and support whenever needed. The accessibility and helpfulness of my team made my internship a smoother ride than I anticipated. Accommodating Work Environment: Zynga truly stands out when it comes to providing an accommodating work environment. I felt comfortable and welcomed since day one, which made my overall work experience more pleasant. Great Culture: Zynga's work culture is truly one of its kind. There is a perfect blend of professionalism and friendliness, which makes it a great place for interns like me who are in the initial stages of their careers.
No cons actually Need for More Formal Training: While the hands-on approach was beneficial, I did find the lack of a more formal training structure a bit challenging at times. A more structured training module could assist interns in familiarizing themselves with Zynga's systems and processes, thus smoothing their transition into the role. Despite the minor shortcoming related to training, my overall experience as a Quality Assurance intern at Zynga was positively impactful. I was able to hone my skills and learn more about the gaming industry in a supportive and exciting environment. I would definitely recommend Zynga to aspiring interns who are keen on gaining valuable experience in this industry.