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Zynga Lead Artist Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2019

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3.1
63%
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61%
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Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau
Frank Gibeau
2 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Really came into its own in 2014."

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    Current Employee - Lead Artist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - After the Austin studio got kicked around pretty badly for a few years, it found its footing and became a healthy, stable place to work. - You get free lunches every day. -The benefits package is excellent, and the compensation is very competitive. - They absolutely recognize good work from employees at every level, with employee of the month awards and hero of the week call outs. -There are ample opportunities for career growth, from moving up into the ranks to switching disciplines altogether. - The culture is like working in a big happy family. There are multiple team building events and the different disciplines work closely together to make the best products they can.

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    Cons

    - Dealing with the rest of Zynga is still a pretty negative experience. If you can ignore the stock price or what's going on in the company at large, then it's not an issue. - When faced with a looming launch deadline, you will be expected to crunch. It's not nearly as bad as a AAA game studio, and after a launch the pace of a game slows dramatically, but there will be a few months where to work/life balance takes a hit.

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    Advice to Management

    Keep the studio agile and manageable and it will be great forever!

    Zynga2016-02-22
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Corporate gaming at it's lamest."

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    Former Employee - Lead Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food and short commute

    Cons

    It's not a game company, it's a data collection service.

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling user data.

    Zynga2019-06-14
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Committed to gender equality"

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    Current Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation policy Great food and benefits 4 mo maternity/paternity leave High salaries Great, talented coworkers Fun environment

    Cons

    Too much middle management Poor planning in game teams Frequent changes in direction on a corporate level Large company mentality

    Advice to Management

    Cut some of the dead weight in production and PMs. Give creatives more power. Plan outsourcing smarter. Keep a clear, consistent company guidance.

    Zynga2016-12-02
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Artist"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing campus life with all the amenities. The production staff are top quality and believe in the art of making games.

    Cons

    CEO and other senior management have fumbled time and time again trying to make the company relevant. Lots of pivoting on game ideas without any confidence in the projects. Is turning more in to a money making business than a creative business.

    Zynga2015-08-04
  5. "Awesome opportunity, some squandering had."

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    Current Employee - Lead Environment Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Best in business, pushing content to hundreds of millions of players.

    Cons

    Success brings oddly can bring chaos. When the pressure is high, and expectations are not hit, a dangerous cycle begins of unreal expectations and constantly missing the mark.

    Zynga2014-01-22
  6. Helpful (3)

    "It's all right, but depends on which team you're on."

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    Current Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of perks Hours are okay (depending on what team you're on/which manager you have) Happy Hours with free beer/wine/pizza every Friday No vacation/sick day policy, take as many days off as you need, up to 1-week per quarter. Salary is great/on par with industry standard or higher

    Cons

    Depending on which team you're on, there might be severely little creative freedom Artists tend to get the short end of the stick for bonuses/recognition HR is made up of cheerleaders that only care about each other and not employees Witnessing thousands upon thousands of dollars wasted on frivolous things around the company. Company is enormous; can make you feel more like a number than a human-being Managers were promoted rapidly without proper training Sometimes completely impossible to switch from one game team to another

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    Advice to Management

    Currently, there are management-improvement meetings that you can go at your own will. Make it mandatory. Witnessing someone get screamed at in the middle of the office is highly unprofessional. Have HR members that don't roll their eyes at employees whenever they contact them for help.

    Zynga2012-09-25
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Oh god, just don't."

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    Former Employee - Lead Artist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I guess they feed you every day.

    Cons

    The food's not that good.

    Zynga2012-11-09
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