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Zynga Director Reviews

Updated Dec 13, 2019

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4.4
97%
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99%
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Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau
Frank Gibeau
7 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture is great, stocks are good.

    Cons

    Processes and technology need to improve across the organization, nothing that can not be done overtime.

    Zynga2019-08-15
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Loved working here"

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    Current Employee - Director of Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Top talent, great benefits and perks

    Cons

    constant layoffs across functions and studios

    Zynga2019-12-14
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Steadily improving culture over time."

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    Former Employee - Senior Director Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Huge scale, household-name products, cutting-edge tech in many areas, brilliant engineers, growing culture of collaboration, company performance is improving

    Cons

    Legacy tech burden, few opportunities to work on truly new games

    Zynga2019-07-21
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Willy Wonka Fantasy Dream Job"

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    Current Employee - Director of Design in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talented and Passionate People, Open Communication

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to find company-wide information

    Zynga2019-06-19
  5. "Decent place to work."

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great perks - food, gym, etc.

    Cons

    This was a pretty politically charged environment.

    Zynga2018-10-13
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Aggressive turnaround presents both opportunities and risks"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    In aggressive turnaround focused on changing some core company practices that hindered growth and progress. Lots of opportunity to learn from extremely smart people while working on projects with strong technical strength.

    Cons

    Almost complete lack of long-term vision. Perception from the inside is that this vision is in flux, and such job and project stability are thin at best. Also, personality-driven politics pervades the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Create a vision and execute on it.

    Zynga2017-11-01
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, but SF studio is shedding games and teams rapidly"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Unexpectedly good work- life balance. -Great on- site benefits in the SF location compared with most traditional game developers (for now) -Free breakfast, lunch snacks, and drinks

    Cons

    -Layoffs and frequent cost- cutting measure are now the norm -MVP mentality and overly aggressive release cycles ensure poor quality and lackluster production values. -"New" game features are often reskins of successful features from previous games -Titles being developed in the SF studio have drastically dwindled (with Poker and WWF being the bulk of the development staff) so options to work on new projects there are extremely limited. -Poor stock performance

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    Zynga2017-07-29
  8. Helpful (14)

    "Frank Gibeau is bringing in his minions to rob the joint"

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Mark Pincus is an easily manipulated doofus who thinks he is a visionary. This allows people with no skills except for politics to easily move up the ranks within the paranoid snake pit.

    Cons

    You literally will spend a lot of time and effort and skills to what will most likely culminate in a rash and short-sighted decision. Ask anyone that has worked on any of the 100's of canceled projects that were underfunded in the first place. Frank Gibeau (who claims to have saved EA even though his main contribution to mobile [which he was demoted to after he was passed over by the board] was Plants v. Zombies 2, the steaming trainwreck. He was saved by Simpsons Tapped Out, but ask anyone on the nightmare that was the original launch of that product and you will know what a terrible leader Gibeau truly is. He has brought his failure friends from EA to drive down costs in SF to make it look like he turned Zynga into profit, even though the end result is a brain drain of epic proportions while funding Toronto and Oxford. Just a scam, but Pincus is too weak and dull to be able to stop it (just as Don Mattrick walked all over him as well).

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    Advice to Management

    Mark: Just close down the company. You don't even like video games. You should dissolve everything and try and do some kind of social media venture. Zynga is a broken idea based on your marketing foresight in Facebook days. Give up. Stop doing this to people. You are failing because you don't even want to be in this industry.

    Zynga2016-12-04
  9. "Not as bad as some say"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay, great gym, lots of perks.

    Cons

    Difficult to keep a good life/work balance. I was on 6 or 7 teams and lost count of how many times I moved my desk in my 4 years at Zynga.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make employees move so often.

    Zynga2016-04-28
  10. Helpful (1)

    "P0, P0, P0"

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    Former Employee - Director of Product Management in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Was very exciting in 2009-2010. Strong product managers, solid game designers. Obviously exciting to work on big games.

    Cons

    What was a P0 at breakfast, is a P3 by lunch. Cannot focus on any tactics, let alone formulate a strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pivoting. Make the games you have as strong as possible. Clear deadwood. Slowly make new games.

    Zynga2016-04-28
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