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Updated January 15, 2018
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Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 94 reviews)

  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 37 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. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing experience"

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    • 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. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks, games, dogs in the office, smart people

    Cons

    Lack luster future growth, games are constant up and down

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "From High to Low"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    - Vibrant atmosphere
    - The projects you work on reaches the players(on production) and it is satisfying to see their instant feedback(on forums)
    - Can move internally to other teams
    - Variety of technologies to learn
    - Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    - Good Location

    Cons

    - The number of smart people you get to work with is constantly decreasing as lot of experienced folks are moving out of Zynga
    - Deteriorating business and hence decreasing perks and bonuses


  4. "Constant budget cut, limited upward mobility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. For example, company paid insurance premium, free food and snacks, onsite gym and nice building in sf, and good ESPP program

    Cons

    Teams are short staffed, budget cut every year, promotions and pay raises increasingly difficult, living one quarter at a time and hard to find funding for longer term investments. These all led to a very stressful environment. Unlimited PTO system doesn’t really work as dedicated people tend to take way fewer vacation days. Oh. And in terms of executive level diversity, out of 20+ vp/Svp/cstaff, all but one are white.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing people, weird management"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Really dedicated people. Full of energy and passion to make games. Real pride in their work.
    Great benefits and support staff.

    Cons

    Management sucks, plays politics, lies and uses cost cutting measures without thought.

    Advice to Management

    They are beyond advice.


  6. "Producer"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team environment and beneftis

    Cons

    There is very little upward mobility and my team is very unmotivated.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training and opportunities to grow!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "What to expect when working at Zynga"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great people who work there. Many are committed and excited to learn and share their knowledge.

    Cons

    Lots of in-experience, shifts in direction often. A very staid, old school view on gaming.

    Advice to Management

    The biggest problem is the board and senior management. Its a good old boys group that doesn't challenge each other to do the right thing. The company keeps bringing in their "buddies" from EA, which has been voted many times as the worst place to work, AND many people who left EA to go to Zynga have said, I left EA, why would I want the same thing at Zynga. Sometimes management continues to fail upwardly and that is a clear component from EA to Zynga. The whole company needs to be shaken up to the core-including Mr. Pinkus whose cold hearted approach to loyal people who work very hard for them is rotten. Rotten to the core. We all know the examples, unfortunately.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "All in one place"

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

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

    Pros

    Food + Snacks + Dogs
    Accessible to handy tools and hardware
    Awesome on-site benefits in the SF location

    Cons

    The work environment moral, and ethics aren't kept at all.
    Performance feedback often unpredictable or they will use it against you in future. (Well at least from my experience.)

    Advice to Management

    Please gain a better look at your people.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Aggressive turnaround presents both opportunities and risks"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "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!


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