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Zynga Reviews

Updated November 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 93 reviews)

  • There are many perks: free breakfast/lunch/dinner, onsite gym, wellness services, dog friendly, and much more (in 36 reviews)

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

  • Bad location for Chicago office, lots of turnover in upper management (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Manager in Brookline, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Manager in Brookline, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning every day, start up feeling, perks, interpersonal relationships etc a wealth of experiences and gains at multiple levels, including international travel

    Cons

    A few colleagues spend most of their time gloating about their achievements which amount to nothing. I could live with that despite being annoying however it was even more disappointing when senior managers valued those people and promoted them

    Advice to Management

    Value the truly hard workers and get rid of fake


  2. "Aggressive turnaround presents both opportunities and risks"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time (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.

  3. "Love Working at Zynga!"

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    work life balance / ability to work from home, access to upper managment for guidance and support.
    food + snacks + dog friendly = happiness!!

    Cons

    location isnt my favorite but parking or transit is provided so that makes it easy!

    Advice to Management

    keep it up! I see the turn around happening! It is exciting!


  4. "Went downhill after IPO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun Environment to work for in the city

    Cons

    Not great company morals and ethics


  5. "Company on a turn-around"

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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

    Connecting the world through games is an inspiring mission and over the last 2 years we have been executing well against that mission. Product Management is Zynga is still among the best in the industry and its a great place to learn, and grow quickly while making a real impact

    Cons

    Games is a hard business. Lots of competition and disruption.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear on strategy for the future.


  6. "Fun PLace to work"

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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

    Easy lateral movement. Great employees. Lots of teams to choose from

    Cons

    Some bad leadership decisions. Sometimes slow to pivot.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work with some fun projects and perks. Leadership can be questionable.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Office politics/sf office has no job security"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, free food, onsite gym. Unlimited pto nice for some. Health insurance premium is free. Snacks and happy hours are nice.

    Cons

    Benefits are about the only thing that’s keeping people around.

    New Cstaff moving key people around without thinking through consequences. If you weren’t brought in by the new cstaff then there is a high likelihood that your future at the company is limited.

    More experienced people were offered “packages” to leave so they can be replaced with less expensive heads. Certain cstaff often eliminate critical headcounts from parts of the company and build under his own orgs. This is creating lots of operational inefficiencies. Let’s not forget that a big reason why the SF office has inflated labor cost is due to ridiculously high cstaff pay packages relative to peers.

    Sf office culture is getting worse. Looks like most positive reviews on Glassdoor came from interns

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nothing Special Anymore"

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

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

    Pros

    Good perks, flexible schedule, dogs in the office

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Zynga is past its glory days and can't find its way back. Nothing really innovative happening, games are being shut down, leadership isn't transparent, and there is a lack of growth. So many changes over the last few years with nothing exciting on the horizon. While there are some amazing people who work here, a few duds snuck their way in and coast, providing no genuine value.


  9. "Best company I have worked for"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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