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Zynga Reviews

Updated June 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Free food, fun culture, good benefits" (in 98 reviews)

  • "There are many perks: free breakfast/lunch/dinner, onsite gym, wellness services, dog friendly, and much more" (in 38 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)

    "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


  2. "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.

  3. "fun place, interesting levels"

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

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

    Pros

    entertaining place to work! lots of great perks including dogs, free meals, amazing health insurance, gym and fun company culture

    Cons

    very high job titles that don't match the level of work

    Advice to Management

    less upper management and more folks on the ground running


  4. "Sr engg manager"

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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

    - great opportunities if you are eager
    - good work life balance
    - smart people
    - lovely food and ambience

    Cons

    - work in gaming teams can get repetitive for engg many a times

    Advice to Management

    keep striving to get more and more game IP created from studio I


  5. "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


  6. "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)


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. 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.


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