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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 (20)

    "No work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can bring your dog to work.

    Cons

    You can expect to work 12 to 15+ hours a day, Mon through Saturday. You get free meals, etc. but that's because they don't want you to leave the office. It's disorganized and chaotic, though they like to call it "moving at zynga speed". Game design is led by Product Managers (not game designers). Focus changes on a daily basis and you're expected to constantly change direction, yet keep to schedule - hence the working long hours, six days a week.

    There's is no work/life balance - everything revolves around the company. Quarterly bonuses were much lower than what was said in the interview.

    No vacation policy (they say you should take some when needed), yet people were denied vacation or asked to work while on vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized and spend time in pre-production so that you don't over work the team.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Think twice before coming to work here."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company spends an excessive amount of money to provide their employees with food, snacks, freebies, weekly happy hours, and team outings.

    Cons

    Unlimited vacation and no formal vacation policy means no vacation build-up and leaves you wondering when if at all, time can be taken off. If you leave the company for any reason, there is no pay out (however, no company is required to do so).

    Advice to Management

    Provide training opportunities for all departments. Focus on retaining current talent and not constantly replacing people as the company evolves. A successful company also cares slightly about employees without necessarily throwing down money. Departments that deal with employees directly need to be readily available and know what they are talking about, otherwise this can be potentially a huge liability.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "I haven't worked at the company I was pitched yet."

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    Current Employee - UI Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - UI Designer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunches and great benefits. Talent pool is large and people are friendly.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and communication. Awful work-life balance. No real value placed on keeping everyone in ongoing education or in any sort of career path.

    Advice to Management

    Have a vision for where you want to go and commit to it. Remove the amount of PMs on projects they only create more unnecessary work. ...Crunch time is the evidence of poor planning and leadership, don't do it.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Poorly led on the studio level"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people there are incredibly talented and motivated and they are doing some pretty impressive stuff in the Facebook space.

    Cons

    Management on the studio level seem to be more worried about politics than their people, or even the product they are making.


  5. Helpful (15)

    "Mafia culture. Great for 1%, Ugly for 99%"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Be your own CEO: is true for most parts. Anyone (Designer, Artist, PM, Engineer, QA, Community) can impact the game by innovative initiatives. You will get enough opportunities to test our your intuition, and hone your game skills.
    * Fast moving culture: You do 1 years worth of work in 1 quarter. Thus have big wins weekly, monthly. You commit many mistakes and learn a lot in a compressed period of time.
    * Meritocracy: In most parts. Very numbers driven company. At least, an year or two ago, the person moving the bigger number wins. Good while things were growing.

    Cons

    * Meritocracy: Meritocratic culture is dying. Politics and finding the right God Father can help you better than your real value addition.
    * Nepotism: Lop-sided promotions. You will see many inexperienced Directors, VPs from the old-timer's list. If you are not in the inner circle, you are wasting your time.
    * HR has too much power. Probably the most hated HR team in the world. One wonders whether they work to make employee's life better, or celebrate themselves and their chief everyday. Its ridiculous.
    * Sign up your life for Zynga: You are a bonded labor. Forget the weekends, forget your family. Terrible place for married people. You will find enough thrill at the work-place, but kiss your happiness good-bye. You shouldn't promise your husband a dinner date. You can't live up to it.
    * Open ended vacation policy is actually awful: It results people taking much less vacation than the 1 week per quarter promised.
    * Week Analysis: The PMs are numbers driven, but I don't respect most of them. Doesn't feel like they really understand numbers.
    * They don't care: Zynga doesn't care really. The Execs don't care. Everyone works for the bonus, and the stock (which is no longer valuable). If it is worth it for you, then take it. If you can get into the 1% inner circle, then do it. Else don't waste your time.

    Advice to Management

    Pincus is awesome. But most of you are not that smart. You are where you are just because you were at the right time right place. You enjoyed the ride up with people ready to do anything for you (or really the stock). Treat your employees are humans, else they will desert you on the ride down.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ambitious company that has lost its way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Lots of perks (gym, lunch/dinner, snacks, etc)
    Ability to move around within the company
    Leader in emerging industry

    Cons

    Unclear strategy
    Highly political environment
    Questionable leadership
    Inconsistent talent / capabilities

    Advice to Management

    Commit to a strategy and ensure the company is executing against it


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Bumpy"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Moves fast. Very fast. Owns the facebook market. Can quickly grow DAU's of any of it's products thanks to it's massive network strength (ie. cross promo)

    Cons

    Moves fast. Very fast. Very reactive. Constant 'code reds' and priority shifting.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Management does not care about you"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Snacks, drinks, friendly people, free lunch

    Cons

    False promises, Management more concerned with making money than making your life better, bad food, terrible floor plan, dogs constantly barking, same thing day after day week after week


  9. Helpful (8)

    "There is nobody at the wheel"

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    Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it is local in San Francisco. Free meals 3x week. Typical new media feel, so hours and choice of clothing/hair colour are free.

    Cons

    The hours can be regular or out of control, depending what team you are on. Most of the exec staff (those that haven't jumped or been pushed) don't know what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring ex-EA people that tried to run that company into the ground.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "great analytics, poor engineering and toxic culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High pay, free food, free gym,

    Cons

    Incompetent management, no autonomy, promotions are based on facetime and who are your friends factors, long hours, stated values and reality could not be further from each other


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