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Zynga Reviews

Updated December 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "Free food, fun culture, good benefits" (in 100 reviews)

  • "good work/life balance when compared to the usual nature of game dev" (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. Featured Review

    "Good place to work"

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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

    Good culture, food, leadership, benefits

    Cons

    Nothing as of now. None

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "Great company culture"

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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

    Someone is always willing to lend a helping hand. The company direction is refreshing as we continue to hit our targets . Great benefits.

    Cons

    Direction of company has caused some people to leave, but that is not always a bad thing as it opens up opportunities to others who want to contribute.

  3. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Zynga offers lots of perks and great benefits. The people are generally wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    It can be hectic and timelines/deadlines are more of a loose suggestion rather than anything anyone adheres to. This can make things pretty confusing and mean that far more things are added to a sprint than should be.

    Advice to Management

    You've developed a great culture with wonderful people. Might be worthwhile to reign in sprint expectations.


  4. "Not Great"

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

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

    Pros

    When I was there in 2014, the perks were great. Food, Gym, Lot's of cool Happy Hour type things.

    Cons

    The management of the behemoth is mostly lost. Cashing in on a few zombie cash cows, while the portfolio is basically uninspired.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in small independent studios


  5. "Excellent place to have dependable work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sound Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sound Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good work/life balance when compared to the usual nature of game dev
    - paid for health benefits
    - welcoming culture
    - provided food

    Cons

    - unpredictable workload and management structure depending on which SKU/location you work in.
    - too much scrutiny on budgets

    Advice to Management

    challenge your team members more, take more risks with them.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Disabled Employee, Fired Due to "Headcount" 14 Days Prior to RSU Vesting"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food
    401k
    Commuter benefits

    Not much beyond typical Bay Area tech company employee benefits.

    Cons

    Where do I start: I was diagnosed with a chronic illness qualifying me for disability. I trusted my manager with the information and within a few weeks was dragged into a meeting with HR, during which I was terminated due to "headcount" considerations. Incidentally, I was told 1) I would be vesting my RSUs which were due to vest in 14 days, 2) VP of my department would be contacting me for help with outplacement services and would help me leverage his expansive network. I received neither my RSUs nor any response from said VP when I reached out for placement help. Over the next four weeks, my time was spent between medical treatment, googling "least painful ways to kill yourself", and interviewing with other companies. I was lucky to receive an offer soon after. Unfortunately, during my background check process, of the last three companies I had worked at, the only place where my references had not passed was Zynga. How surprising.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't provide support for disabled employees, at least treat them with a modicum of dignity. I was not even given a box to carry my belongings in.


  7. "Zynga review"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great perks, some very good people to work with, lots of resources, can be a fun environment

    Cons

    Extremely bloated management structure, lack of quality game designers, disorganized teams

    Advice to Management

    Less middle management, hire more true game designers, product managers should not drive core game development, hire art directors with tangible artistic skill

  8. "Taking a long time to adjust to the new platform (mobile) vs. old (Facebook web canvas)"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    - Nice perks and decked out premises
    - You get to work on games!

    Cons

    - Big and bureaucratic, the joke is every team needs two GMs, one to develop & run the product/service, and the other to "manage sideways and upwards" the dozens of VPs, SVPs, etc. who all want to have a say
    - If you live in the Bay Area but not near the office in SF, the commute is long and painful

    Advice to Management

    - Don't assume that what worked on FB web canvas will also work on mobile (i.e. don't start with a mindset of "change as little as possible and it will be a hit")
    - Don't just hire industry vets from EA/Activision (old PC/console) and expect them to also figure out new platforms


  9. "Good place to work"

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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

    Very data driven, lots of perks, smart/fun co-workers

    Cons

    A little too much of a "start up" culture for a company of its size


  10. "Sr manager, analytics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - excellent benefits
    - successful company
    - solid technical infrastructure

    Cons

    - a lot of politics - make situations unstable, a happy employe can become bullied and dismissed very quickly depending on political changes among leads
    - not much HR support/follow up for employees who are dealing with situations that maybe be are technically legal but still not ok