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Zynga Reviews

Updated February 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "There are many perks: free breakfast/lunch/dinner, onsite gym, wellness services, dog friendly, and much more" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Free food, fun culture, good benefits" (in 101 reviews)

Cons
  • "Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance" (in 62 reviews)

  • "Upper management is not good at picking the right games to develop" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, food, leadership, benefits

    Cons

    Nothing as of now. None

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "Great company culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Someone is always willing to lend a helping hand. The company direction is refreshing as we continue to hit our targets . Great benefits.

    Cons

    Direction of company has caused some people to leave, but that is not always a bad thing as it opens up opportunities to others who want to contribute.

  3. "Can’t complain overall"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Balanced work style

    Cons

    Games have no direction or future

    Advice to Management

    Bring back creativity and fun.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Careful, can be toxic"

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

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

    Pros

    In appearance Zynga is great. Good salary, good growth, solid products.

    Cons

    There are some things that we don't dare to say, because there is pressure in hiding it. HR won't protect either because of the politics and the company would have blurry lines around harassment, toxicity, bullying whether it is towards foreigners or women. Careers can be great in the right team, but if ending up in a toxic team as there is no HR shield things can easily go wild and wound people deeper than a job should do.

    Advice to Management

    Protect your employees, make sure the place is safe and healthy and build a HR team that cares and has enough power.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "caution and avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    employee benefits are on par

    Cons

    everything is a facade. lures with pay, stocks (minimal sum value), upward mobility, culture. leadership does not care. politics, toxicity, favoritism, passive harassment is rampant. no autonomy or innovation, no basic infrastructure, nothing works. lame duck. be enticed if looking for a quick career move.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "High turnover and too political"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    - Competitive pay
    - Excellent benefits
    - Gym on site
    - Free food
    - Fun parties and activities

    Cons

    - High turnover and burnout - esp. marketing
    - Data dependent to point of paralysis
    - Environment is overly political and hierarchical
    - Too many chiefs who are not aligned
    - Lack of company mission and culture
    - Understaffed teams get pushed around

    Advice to Management

    - Staff appropriately for the output you expect. High expectations along with a lack of resources leads to burnout and breeds resentment.
    - Invest time in what matters, asking your people to constantly put out fires is not sustainable.
    - At Zynga, if you don't have data you don't have the power to get things done. You MUST hire people with analytical backgrounds AND provide them with the tools they need otherwise you are setting them up to fail.
    -Get serious about what kind of company you want to be and get everyone onboard. We want to be "a company with a good profit margin" is not a mission statement.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Zynga offers lots of perks and great benefits. The people are generally wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    It can be hectic and timelines/deadlines are more of a loose suggestion rather than anything anyone adheres to. This can make things pretty confusing and mean that far more things are added to a sprint than should be.

    Advice to Management

    You've developed a great culture with wonderful people. Might be worthwhile to reign in sprint expectations.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not Great"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    When I was there in 2014, the perks were great. Food, Gym, Lot's of cool Happy Hour type things.

    Cons

    The management of the behemoth is mostly lost. Cashing in on a few zombie cash cows, while the portfolio is basically uninspired.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in small independent studios


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A giant sinking boat with stinky politics"

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    Former Employee - Senior Motion Graphics Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Motion Graphics Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k match and gym...snacks. what else? Not much...oh their bathrooms are pretty well maintained.

    Cons

    Politics and inexperienced managers who don't know what they don't know plus not a competitive salary (Zero bonus for designers and 0 to 1% annual increase)

    Advice to Management

    Please open your eyes to figure out creative directors who do not even know how to use Photoshop. They may have a skill to talk about designs for all day but they don't know how to make it. Why? They don't hands-on but to give a BS directions to their slaves.


  10. "Excellent place to have dependable work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sound Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sound Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good work/life balance when compared to the usual nature of game dev
    - paid for health benefits
    - welcoming culture
    - provided food

    Cons

    - unpredictable workload and management structure depending on which SKU/location you work in.
    - too much scrutiny on budgets

    Advice to Management

    challenge your team members more, take more risks with them.