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Zynga Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 94 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)

  • Bad location for Chicago office, lots of turnover in upper management (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team environment and beneftis

    Cons

    There is very little upward mobility and my team is very unmotivated.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training and opportunities to grow!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "All in one place"

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

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

    Pros

    Food + Snacks + Dogs
    Accessible to handy tools and hardware
    Awesome on-site benefits in the SF location

    Cons

    The work environment moral, and ethics aren't kept at all.
    Performance feedback often unpredictable or they will use it against you in future. (Well at least from my experience.)

    Advice to Management

    Please gain a better look at your people.

  3. "Zynga Design intern review"

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    Current Intern - Designer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Intern - Designer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga as an intern

    Pros

    Dogs. Free Food (carlsbad location has best food, Tracy is the greatest)

    Cons

    Zynga doesn't care about design as much as PM and data

    Advice to Management

    Please don't say Zynga is working towards invovation or is an inovative company because it is clearly not. With my time as a design intern here I saw how most design choices were actually made and I would call that inovation or design. The company should work on keeping all displines involved connected instead of isolating them. Design and Art often felt very disconnect to the games they were on, it felt like we were contributing a lot to the game but we were very distant from working with other aspects of the games development.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, but SF studio is shedding games and teams rapidly"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Unexpectedly good work- life balance.
    -Great on- site benefits in the SF location compared with most traditional game developers (for now)
    -Free breakfast, lunch snacks, and drinks

    Cons

    -Layoffs and frequent cost- cutting measure are now the norm
    -MVP mentality and overly aggressive release cycles ensure poor quality and lackluster production values.
    -"New" game features are often reskins of successful features from previous games
    -Titles being developed in the SF studio have drastically dwindled (with Poker and WWF being the bulk of the development staff) so options to work on new projects there are extremely limited.
    -Poor stock performance


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fun culture, tough work/life balance"

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture, great benefits, generally really nice people to work with

    Cons

    no work life balance, not enough staff to do all the work, no cohesive strategy for departments to work well together - not well unified. No strongly defined culture.


  6. "Principal 3d artist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    People are great!
    Nice environment!

    Cons

    Lack of leaderships. Unstable. Lack of project.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "company in transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great people who believe in the games. New CEO who has experience in turning around a company and is creating some stability. Fantastic perks and opportunity to learn/own your work product.

    Cons

    Lots of churn in management and processes over past year. Founder is still active in business and his opinions are often in conflict with new CEO. Employees have hope in potential to turn company around but also waiting to see what happens.

    Advice to Management

    Stability executive leadership team, simplify processes, make decisions and move forward

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    +The benefits are good
    +Good work-life balance

    Cons

    -Pay is low
    -No much room for creativity
    -Management looks for money and not innovation

    Advice to Management

    Take more into account employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Zynga"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great food, you can bring your dog, gym, shuttle, great people, some departmental growth, meritocracy.

    Cons

    Typical business cons (empty appreciation, layoffs, granular management metrics), typical gaming cons (long hours, tons of churn, takes a long time to spin up important processes), meritocracy (i.e. you won't move up unless you are amazing), little cross discipline training.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking so long to ship products. Getting a product into the market and making some money is infinitely greater than spinning your tires forever and then shutting down the project 3 months later.


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