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Zynga Reviews

Updated April 12, 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. "Learned, loved, laid off, moved on"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A leader in their field,
    I started as a contractor and was promoted several times over the 3 years I worked there. The majority of the people there are skilled, friendly, great people and I really enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    I was part of a mass layoff

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Worried for the future..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, fun environment, relaxed atmosphere, good benefits.

    Cons

    With the newest CEO coming in (from EA no less) I felt the company was becoming more geared toward making money at the expense of their employees. Benefits and bonuses were being cut and several of my coworkers were laid-off as a result.


  3. "Start-up like environment that is constantly re-organizing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot quickly but not always in the best way

    Cons

    Moving roles and to different departments without your consent

    Advice to Management

    Work on a long-term plan


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Benefits, Relaxed Culture

    Cons

    Poor company direction, team management is spotty

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees enough to make a game instead of micromanaging them all the time.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Committed to gender equality"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation policy
    Great food and benefits
    4 mo maternity/paternity leave
    High salaries
    Great, talented coworkers
    Fun environment

    Cons

    Too much middle management
    Poor planning in game teams
    Frequent changes in direction on a corporate level
    Large company mentality

    Advice to Management

    Cut some of the dead weight in production and PMs.
    Give creatives more power.
    Plan outsourcing smarter.
    Keep a clear, consistent company guidance.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start your career"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great training, and Zynga hires people with limited experience in tech/specific roles within tech

    Cons

    Lots of thrash and change in leadership direction


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing headquarters with all the amenities.
    Good work life balance.
    Easy going environment full of good people.

    Cons

    Lots of arguing within the company by employees and the C level management. Stress from lack of success in some of the games.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the company from the inside out, can't create good games with unhappy employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good working environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with smart people. Good cafe food. Harmonious team environment. Cool building. Flexible work hour. No micro management.

    Cons

    Project direction is not clear. Does not seem to have a road map to be an industry leader and inventor.

    Advice to Management

    Need to motivate employees to work toward the same goal.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "YeeHaw"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun activities, great food, cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    Constant reorgs, no respect from wall street

    Advice to Management

    Less micro managing. (not all managers are guilty)


  11. "Great place, but..."

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    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks, perks, perks! The cafe, gym, parking, salary, are all great here. Also nice to have your dog at work, and its a good location. People are generally very friendly, and the work is interesting from a finance perspective. There is a lot of international work which you don't always see.

    Cons

    Management often uses the company for their personal playground, which can often times get in the way of you doing your job. Lots of overtime is expected but not necessarily expressed to you.

    Advice to Management

    Work on increasing faith in the company.


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