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Zynga Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Free food, fun culture, good benefits" (in 99 reviews)

  • "work life balance, free food, fun & friendly environment" (in 37 reviews)

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

  • "Not player focused - Hard targets from upper-management pushes game teams to make games payer oriented" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  2. "Producer"

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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

    Management listens and allows everyone to have a voice

    Cons

    Open seating. Bad workers seem to be grandfathered in.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "What A Ride It Was"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    1. great culture
    2. lots of amazing perks
    3. lots of open space
    4. fairly diverse (except for the top)
    5. the admin team made magic happen despite some of my last minute needs

    Cons

    1. Recognize your internal talent
    2. Management definitely has a paranoia of constantly looking over their shoulders
    3. focus on your gamers
    4. too many great potential leaders were lost due to politics
    5. it's clique ish. Art team was great, eng not so much, recruiting team was very friendly

    Advice to Management

    trying to replicate old success isn't a successful formula, look to make new successes by listening to everyone's ideas, less micromanaging and less 1:1 meetings


  4. Helpful (2)

    "It depends on where you work"

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

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
    Lots of open space

    Cons

    Unless you are a hired on full time employee, you miss half the perks
    I felt management didn't care, or felt threatened by my abilities

    Advice to Management

    Stop the office politics BS. Work the job, don't worry about who is around you that might be better that you.


  5. "holding it's own"

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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

    Still one of the best places in the valley to be a Product Manager, be it games, consumer web or otherwise. Great mentorship in place and ability to take on more in a true merit based program that rewards performance and teamwork. Get to work at tremendous player scale. The strategy to focus on live operations or what was previously called games as a service has been working.

    Cons

    A lot of belt tightening at the exec level feels at times that the impact at the people level isn't being taken into full consideration when benefits and perks start to get slowly chiseled away, whether that is scaled down culinary breakfasts (we notice) or continued consolidation of workspace areas. Can feel a bit at times we're driving towards shareholder value as opposed to employee happiness. Working in games isn't enough with the cost of living in the Bay Area and the competition for talent isn't confined to games, everyone is a competitor. A bit of work an honest day and get the heck out asap culture - that needs to change. If employees wanted to stay after work and game and hang out, they would and needs to get back to that place.

    Advice to Management

    Strategy is working, the approach is right but need to see more execs hanging out in common areas and talking to rank and file employees.


  6. "Pretty good place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of support for PMs, good PM culture.
    - Company is slowly becoming more profitable.

    Cons

    Very much a top down driven organization with leadership dictating decisions without proper context.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people working for you. If you are going to go against their advice you should sell them on why you disagree and try to get buy in.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits, terrible management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great building, a mile from BART, private parking (180 a month, I think), great culinary team (I've heard the food isn't really free, but haven't investigated for myself; small amount deducted per paycheck) dog-friendly, great employees, gym, events, health insurance.

    Cons

    Wildly different per project. My team is a boys club at the top. One regime was ousted to allow for a new dictator who filled the high paying ranks with his buddies from outside the company and bootlickers. Their mission is efficiency for the sake of efficiency. You will be granularly nitpicked every hour of every day. Management expects you to go above and beyond (i.e. not in your job description) at all times with a slim chance of being rewarded for it. My manager doesn't care about my career, will not invest in programs to strengthen my capabilities, and actively blocks attempts to laterally move to other projects with clearer career paths by making veiled threats to their leadership regarding "poaching." Management reviews were taken away around the time the regime changed. Reason given was "of course people don't like their managers, it isn't valuable to constantly get rid of managers because of few salty employees." It is evident that management has no idea how to run a review cycle or what to do with that data, aside from telling people that they aren't doing their jobs when they aren't consistently over-achieving. You will do well here if you had over-bearing parents who criticized you for getting As instead of A+s.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. We don't need you to be successful.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away from FP&A"

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    Former Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food, happy hours, fun people

    Cons

    Meaningless work, leader is narcissistic

    Advice to Management

    Need new leadership in FP&A


  9. "Localization"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, free lunch, gym, and coffee/snacks. Working in a central shared services team means you're isolated from much of the drama of the studios.

    Cons

    Web-to-mobile turnaround has dragged on for a long time. Hard to replicate earlier successes.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get ahead of the next big thing so that you're not caught flat footed.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Junior Artist"

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    Former Employee - Junior Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay for right out of school

    Cons

    they are kind of evil


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