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Zynga Reviews

Updated April 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Free food, fun culture, good benefits (in 97 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)

  • Most of them just pander to upper management to make it look like they know what they are talking about and contributing to the project (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "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. "Fun place with old tech"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks
    Free food
    Great gym
    Fun dynamic environment
    Smart people

    Cons

    Old tech
    Products are very money oriented, which is fine to sustain, but not fun to develop personally because those who make the games do not typically play the games

    Advice to Management

    Nothing particular, highly depends on the team. Current team is always willing to listen to ideas which is always good

  3. "Makes work play"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great job perks and live ops work, impact driven, fun-product, great peer group

    Cons

    Frequent org restructuring, Should invest on building skills and career objectives for employees else they will leave for one (if not both)


  4. "Enjoyed It"

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

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

    Pros

    Great when things are going great for your game.

    Cons

    Gaming is a fickle business and if your game falters it will get cancelled.


  5. "Needs real managgment"

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    Former Employee - Technical Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benes and free lunches. The breakfasts were terrible, but free.

    Cons

    The management seemed confused and kinda going through the motions w/ little results.

    Advice to Management

    Restaff


  6. "Fun place to work for the most part"

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

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

    Pros

    Free food, fun culture, good benefits. I loved a lot of the people at this company. Feels like a scrappy start up at times, but the established franchises make for a good balance.

    Cons

    Even though most of the people were great, there were also a lot of massive egos. Many people were in management positions that shouldn't have been. You'll work really hard and may or may not be recognized for it. Depends on your team.

    Advice to Management

    Need a clearer promotional path. It seemed people were often arbitrarily promoted. I had never seen one learning or training in my 3 years there that set out any expectations for performance or growth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Experiences of a former employee"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The food. The parties. The monthly show & tell

    Cons

    Was let go two weeks before one year's up, conveniently shutting me out of a chunky promised equity compensation.

    The people in my engineering and design team have cliques and after approaching to be friendly for a few times I was like why bother it feels very much like high school. The exception was the art team.

    After months of getting back on my feet I joined another Fortune 500 doing the same work but very relaxing. And they really value what I do unlike Zynga where my advanced experiences and specialties could not be utilized in the constant patchworks and code-debt. I've met another engineer with similar background I too see him doing somewhat unexciting work too.
    . It was a lesson that

    -From a person with over 10+ years experience in games

    Advice to Management

    The project failed to launch eventually. I could have sent something to alert the senior management on what went wrong with the middle management and the cliques even within engineering. But like victims of sexual assault I'm reflecting now that back then I shut myself after the experience. Only now by chance today I got a Glassdoor email about Zynga am I sharing a little of it now.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "UX Designer"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture. Good company. Good food.

    Cons

    Small studio team. Less connection with other peers.


  9. "Good job"

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

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

    Pros

    Zynga pays well and has good benefits. There's a lot of very talented people there.

    Cons

    Frequently heavy hours. PM driven company (maybe a positive depending on your point of view). Upper management is not good at picking the right games to develop. Your game may be cancelled prior to launch.

    Advice to Management

    Enable employees across all levels of the company to participate in solving problems and being a part of the creative process.


  10. "Gaining stability, less exciting opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Amazing perks: gym, food, parties
    - Great culture - strong leadership/community of women, generally kind people, open atmosphere where you can bring up something if it's bothering you
    - CEO Frank is someone who I trust to do the right thing for the company

    Cons

    - Inconsistency across studios - cultures, practices, and goals are very varied across Studios, so it might be useful to meet with the team you are hired for before you make the decision to work at Zynga
    - Business model is stabilizing but still not as good for future SF HQ
    - Still lots of attrition - talent is leaving at a pretty steady rate

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on retaining talent
    - Hire the right people
    - Keep perks & culture right


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