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Zynga Reviews

Updated February 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 36 reviews)

  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 89 reviews)

Cons
  • Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Lots of indecision among upper management which comes down as thrash to the different teams (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great culture
    -great minds
    -great food catering

    Cons

    -Terrible marketing team
    -Terrible management
    -Incapable to keep up with the trending market

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to say due to it's "you made your bed, now lie on it"effect that Zynga has done to itself over the years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Software Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Technology Officer/Senior Architect in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Chief Technology Officer/Senior Architect in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people, great products, brand recognition. Get to work on world class games with a lot of users.

    Cons

    A lot of management layers to get through and can get stuck working on something that you are not interested in. Lacking in transparency about key decisions. Less focused on finding success in the market and more focused on internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, stay focused on making games a success and less focus on internal politics.


  3. "Product Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    good benefits including the food

    Cons

    in the middle of a massive turnaround


  4. "Working At the Z."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Zynga's pay is very competitive. Their facility is also great, with a big building, full kitchen, and parking (for a monthly fee). The perks are awesome. Great food served daily, prepared fresh. Sometimes they send you to Hawaii if your team does really well. Luxury Suite at AT&T Park. Great people at the IC level to work with. They're good at hiring team-level people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, once you get up to the executive level things fall apart. The Corporate Leadership team seems constantly lost, often changing the "company vision", like drunk swerving on the road they just don't seem to know which direction to go in. Morale is consistently low because of that. They also have trouble getting games out the door. Everything is driven by PM's, so creatives usually get back seated.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together, I guess? Focus on making fun, quality looking games. Don't EXPECT everything to be the next Candy Crush or you're going to be disappointed a lot. Do what you do, and stop with the fast follows.


  5. "An opportunity to grow your skills will respectful and intelligent people admist a whirlwind of fluctuating strategies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have worked at Zynga for five years now, and I've observed the following things to be consistent as I have moved around it.

    - I have rarely encountered individuals who are not driven to succeed or disrespectful.
    - 3.5 out of 5 star food provided daily with other options somewhat nearby.
    - Strong sense of ownership of business outcomes
    - Great place to learn and grow for technical disciplines. At better times, efficient work is rewarded.
    - Pay is a little above reasonable for the area.
    - Culture encourages having fun at the workplace but still be professional about it.

    Cons

    - There feels like there is a conflict between attempting to be transparent about strategy and covering up internal politics at the upper management level. Very often, management will have high degrees of confidence of current directions of development, but be misguided in their confidence.
    - Turnover has been getting higher as confidence in the company has gone down. When this occurs at the management levels, it results in thrash in strategy.
    - The stock price has not been a very high payoff for a long time employee.
    - Contracting work can particularly suck, especially when working remote. It is fairly easy to feel left in the dark.

    Advice to Management

    I understand that business objectives take precedence and things need to happen, but please make sure you are internally consistent with your objectives and your analysis. It gets very frustrating when you feel like you're getting the run around of what's really going on when times are tough.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Currently at Z-town"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CA - California in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CA - California in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunity to fix things, great perks (love the food!), fun company culture, and love having an on-site gym.

    Cons

    However, some of the negative aspects are around the financial health and longevity of the company, change in management and direction, and lack of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to get GREAT games out, invest in the people (training goes a long way), and pay fairly (there are other options in SF...).


  7. "Fun place to work if you can handle the stressful work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast pace, Good salary pay, free foods and drinks, can bring dog to work, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Bad work/life balance. Shift project priority all the times. High attrition rate.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "a sunken ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Production Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Production Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Food, perks, great people

    Cons

    Zynga doesn't innovate anymore...Layoffs have also affected the moral of the entire team.


  9. "Not the best gaming company but a great analytics company, good for college pass outs to have fun and burn midnight oil."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, Lots of benefits, good for someone who is just out of college

    Cons

    Numbers driven rather than Tech/Fun/Design Driven, which is essential for a gaming company

    Advice to Management

    improve work-life balance, focus of having Fun rather than numbers. The company is supposed to be a gaming company not a Analytics based company. In that case change you are not connecting the world through games anymore.


  10. "Great resources at your disposal, but plagued with never-ending reorgs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to real-time data really strengthens the decision-making capabilities. Resources available to do job and perform well. A lot of flexibility given to employees. Lots of great perks (food, gym, dogs, fun building). Fun work environment in a fun building and great city location.

    Cons

    Constantly plagued with reorgs and leadership changes, impeding on team building opportunities and career growth. Bonuses aren't regular or completely transparent. Losing a bit of the work hard / play hard edge.

    Advice to Management

    We need more excitement from our new CEO.


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