Employee Review

  1. 1.0
    Former Employee

    A very poor career experience

    May 11, 2011 -  in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pace (but see below); reach (millions of users - for now)

    Cons

    * 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?

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    No complaints, great team, great management

    May 10, 2021 - Recruiter 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    transparent company, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    larger company so there is some red tape but that's expected

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  2. 5.0
    Former Intern

    Good internship with zynga

    Apr 29, 2021 - Graphic Design Intern 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    great perks and compensation. great free lunch every day, housing stipend

    Cons

    work assignments did not vary much compared to other internships I've had

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