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Zynga Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 36 reviews)

  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 90 reviews)

Cons
  • Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance (in 61 reviews)

  • Lots of indecision among upper management which comes down as thrash to the different teams (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "My time at Zynga has been Amazing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People at Zynga are genuinely passionate about their work and share a common vision of connecting the world through social games, and creating meaningful relationships for players. Zynga has great opportunities for growth and learning, especially for high performers. There is a strong “work hard- play hard” mentality across teams and people’s careers are rewarded tremendously. It’s a dynamic environment, surrounded with smart, driven, and motivated people. The office space itself is open and inspiring and they provide amazing benefits to reward employees (gym, 401K match, free food etc.). Benefits and salary are top-notch and highly competitive with other tech leaders in the Bay Area. It’s rare to find a company with such a strong culture and mission.

    Cons

    I feel very optimistic about Zynga’s future.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  2. "Best company I have worked for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I no longer work there but my employment at Zynga has been the longest so far. This is a company that will challenge you non-stop but also rewards you for your hard work. They have a work hard-play hard attitude. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was free plus the millions snacks available on every floor of their building. I put on the famous "Zynga 15" (15 pounds of weight gain) from indulging in their delicious food. But don't be alarmed, they have a gym onsite with free boot-camp and kickboxing classes.

    Cons

    Like everywhere, it might take some "butt-licking" in order to get promoted. They certainly took their sweet time to promote me after years of hard work and dedication but it happened eventually.

    Advice to Management

    Formal verbal or written warning is advised

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Good enough perks not so good culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Zynga still has a few good benefits. For example, free breakfast, lunch and snacks. Onsite gym and free health care plans. ESPP and 401k are both great too. This definitely saves a lot of money for employees.

    Cons

    Culture, however, has shifted way too corporate with a failed HR org and cost cutting. Here are some examples:

    1. There are at least 3-4 different head of HR in the past 2 years
    2. Mid year review officially cancelled in 2017 to delay promotions and pay bumps
    3. Stock comp changed from 2 to 4 year vesting. (Pool is much smaller too)
    4. Most/all sr management are external hires. Very minimum promotions from within to top levels
    5. Product manager promotions require committee approval. On the surface, it may seem a fair approach, it actually just means your promotions are delayed unless you are on super high profile projects or are friends with people on the committee
    6. Constant cost cutting. Most central teams are stretched super thin while c level compensations are among the highest in tech
    7. No longer has vision statement or corporate identity. New management is slowly turning the company into electronic arts (where all new executives came from) but without the same rev, profit, resources to support the change
    8. No longer have any cool projects in the pipeline to keep talented employees excited
    9. No annual salary inflation adjustments. Salary bumps based on "merit". This is usually ok if merit adjustments are fair. The truth is merit adjustments are usually fairly minimum. You would be lucky to even get a 10% bump when you get promoted to the next level.

    Overall Zynga started feeling like a portfolio management company living off existing titles with slow to zero growth on both the business and culture

    Advice to Management

    Empower your HR team to speak up for employees. All the "doers" are exiting the company with increasingly fast speed, some are very hard to replace in the short term.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Management team does not appreciate partner teams or understand the value they bring to the company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Health benefits, perks, gym, good food, career opportunities, interesting work, many good people, dogs in the office, and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management team. Management team makes poor people decisions, often in a rush and without context or care for employees. Management team does not seem to care about partner teams or understand their value.

    Advice to Management

    Show the partner teams some love. Be more transparent. Be less rash.


  5. "Internship experience is amazing!"

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    Former Employee - Producer Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Producer Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great events for interns to help them get to know the company and their role within it. Hourly pay is good, great experience for those interested in joining the industry. You also get 5 days of paid time off and a housing stipend.

    Cons

    Not a lot of attention is given to remote offices (non-San Francisco). They could do a better job of giving those locations special attention.


  6. "Great intern experience"

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    Former Employee - Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience! Got to do real projects, and had a lot of freedom.

    Cons

    Not sure about the prospect of the company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You know what you need to do in order to succeed

    Cons

    I do not own a dog that I can take to the office

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (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


  9. "Distinguished Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good franchises, lots of tech

    Cons

    Waste of resources, waste of people skills many times over

    Advice to Management

    Take a better look at your people


  10. "Great place to learn, can be a tough culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    learn a lot about how to manage

    Cons

    work life balance challenging, performance feedback often unpredictable


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