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Zynga Reviews

Updated May 10, 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. "Legal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of exciting things and daily challenges

    Cons

    None other than tighting of costs that may not be best in long term


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Bad culture great talent"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great compensation, great benefits vacation and catering is incredible. The employees are talented

    Cons

    Negative culture and too many pushes to go to market quickly before market research

    Advice to Management

    Promote creativity with employees and keep the talent happy


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Nothing happens for a while and then you leave"

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    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great perks (especially the gym, snacks, weekly happy hours, and meals)
    - Some of my coworkers were very good and talented at their jobs
    - Dog friendly office place was a plus
    - Video game and arcade machines were nice
    - If you're in the right team or position you can do a lot
    - Decent compensation and promotion scheme

    Cons

    - There was a significant amount of internal politics, and a lack of transparency mean you didn't know what was going on
    - It was really easy to do nothing and get complacent
    - Morale is low
    - The organizational structure was the worst: independent studios that fought central teams meant that everyone realized the company was "losing" but somehow thought their own team was doing well

    Advice to Management

    Whatever corporate culture that existed at the start has basically evaporated and needs to be rebuilt. In general, there needs to be a willingness to shut down and consolidate things that are underperforming.

    There also needs to be instilled a better sense of unity among the different studios and parts of the company. It's too easy for studios to prioritize their success at the expense of the overall health of the company. It's possible that the entire central/independent studios structure needs to go.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good in the Beginning"

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    Former Employee - Tools Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Tools Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovative work in the operations and data centers
    Excellent food provided
    Nice gym facillities

    Cons

    Low pay compared to the industry
    Too many politics
    Poor Executive Management
    Terrible at cost management in the early days, incredible waste


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Tons of valuable experience, but a hard place to work"

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

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    early growth was big
    lots of new responsibilities to master all the time
    a lot of great people
    good benefits
    IPO'd

    Cons

    corruption, power struggles and politics was a constant
    IPO'd in a historically bad manner, screwed a lot of employees, really poor management up top to do that to so many. Disgusting. Company gutted and at a low since the IPO. Probably will stay around its current value for some time to come. Comeback doubtful.

    Advice to Management

    Who are you? Didn't know you, cause virtually everyone at the company was replaced as they exited after the IPO or whenever they could cash out. The higher up, usually, the worse the offense.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Was a Fun place to work, learn and grow"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to work on things the way you want, lot of learning, different places to grow, Amazing visibility within the company

    Cons

    HR interferes with everything (from raises to bonus), Got political as soon as people from big companies got in, no more about the games


  8. "QA Tester"

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    4 weeks paid vacation
    Room for growth/Advancement
    In-house training programs
    Free breakfast/lunch/dinner

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement
    Too many long or unnecessary meetings
    Cloudy plans for the future

    Advice to Management

    Develop new IP
    Dial back the number of meetings from top to bottom and make them shorter
    Continue the in-house training programs they are really great
    If you paid for employee parking they would love you


  9. "Hard Work, but Fun"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company attracted very professional people in all major functions. Those that remain are usually a pleasure to work with. If the company can engineer a turnaround, it could be a great place to work again.

    Cons

    The downturn in performance of the company has resulted in the departure of many great people. Morale suffered as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on achievable goals. Be willing to experiment with some of the game offerings.


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Copywriter"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great network of people. Lots of opportunity to wear multiple hats. Fantastic benefits. Good resume builder.

    Cons

    Long hours churning on snap decisions that haven't been well thought-out. Poor upper management seems largely uninterested in the actual gaming industry. Unconsciously misogynistic culture.


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